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Young India Fellowship | PG Diploma in Liberal Studies

The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies. The Fellowship brings together a group of up to 300 promising young individuals, selected through a rigorous and elaborate search for passionate achievers with a desire to bring about change. From engineering to design, film to agriculture, medicine to art, and law to journalism, being amidst diverse peers enables cross flow of ideas and learning - which complements what students learnt in their previous educational experiences.


There is no application fee for the YIF.  Please note that the YIF programme for the Class of 2021 will commence on August 21st, 2020.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the YIF, you must: 

  1. Have a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline (you may also be a final year student, or have work experience).

  2. Be no more than 28 years of age on 15th July, 2020.

  3. Have an above-average academic record combined with extra-curricular engagement and communication skills. 


The application process for the 10th Cohort (2020-21) opened on 20th August, 2019 and closed on 13th April, 2020 (extended, given COVID-19 circumstances).


Given the unique nature of the programme, there is no specific type of profile for a Young India Fellow. However, the following points are being presented to give a broad idea of what we look for:

  1. A deep-rooted ambition to solve problems and make an impact on society

  2. Passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications

  3. The humility to believe that they need to learn more

  4. The willingness to think differently and chart a new course

  5. A demonstrated ability to overcome challenges

  6. Qualities of integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative and open-mindedness

  7. Good written and verbal communication skills