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Selection Process: Class of 2021-22

The YIF selection process is designed to admit a diverse and outstanding class of individuals from India and abroad. The entire process is rigorous and holistic, and involves context specific review. We acknowledge that there are varying levels of access and privilege for different candidates, and as such, each applicant’s submission is reviewed in the applicant’s context.


The different stages of the application and selection process are as follows: 

Stage 1: Application Review

This is an elimination stage. Our holistic review involves careful and thorough reading of each application. We take into account the personal context and journey, academic records/professional background, interests and aspirations. We may also request a few candidates for a telephonic conversation if we need any clarifications before making a shortlisting decision. 

Stage 2A: Online Writing Test 

Applicants get a window of approximately five days to complete the online writing test, which lasts for an hour. Candidates will be required to write two short pieces: the first would require critical engagement with an excerpt of academic nature, and the second would be a response to a situational question. Through this stage, we would like to see how candidates think and engage with a problem statement. 

Stage 2B: Personal Interview

Applicants will be given options from which to choose a convenient date and time range for a personal interview. YIF interviews are typically 25-40 minute conversations between the candidate and two panelists (faculty, leadership or alumni). Through this stage, we aim to get to know candidates in depth, and understand how they might benefit from the YIF and how their presence in the cohort might be beneficial to others. We expect candidates to bring forth the most authentic version of themselves.

Stage 3 (Optional): Application for Financial Aid

Candidates may apply for need-based financial aid (upto 100%) if shortlisted for the Online Writing Test and Personal Interview. Candidates also get an opportunity to explore education loans. Please visit the fee and financing section to learn more about the philosophy and process to apply for aid. 


Selection Timeline: Class of 2021-22

The YIF admissions process is split into two rounds. Each round accepts applications within a specified time-frame and selects Fellows from the pool of submitted applications in that round. Please note that you can apply only once in the admissions cycle and only in one round. In case you miss the early decision deadline, you can complete your application in the final round. 

Early Application Round - I 

Application Deadline: 7th January, 2021

Shortlist Announcement: 17th January - 19th January, 2021
Online Writing Tests: 19th January - 26th January, 2021
Application for Financial Aid: 1st Feb - 5th Feb, 2021
Personal Interviews: 30th January - 28th February, 2021
Offers to Selected Candidates: 15th March, 2021
Acceptance and Initial Payment: 30th March, 2021

Final Round - II

Application Deadline: 18th April, 2021
Online Writing Test (OWT): 24th April - 29th April, 2021
Application for Financial Aid: 3rd May - 8th May, 2021
Online Personal Interviews: 1st May - 30th May, 2021
Offers to Selected Candidates: Mid June, 2021 (subject to change)
Acceptance and Initial Payment: End June, 2021 (subject to change)

Note: Candidates shortlisted for the OWT and Interview should email in case of their inability to engage through these timelines due to any personal challenges caused by present circumstances.

Other Dates

Offers to Waitlisted Candidates: Early July, 2021
Last Date for Admissions: 10th July, 2021
Programme Commencement for Class of 2021-22: Early August, 2021 

Please Note:

(1) The above dates are subject to change. Please visit this page regularly to stay updated. We typically notify applicants of any change via email as well. 
(2) The financial aid form will open once in each round, for candidates who are shortlisted to the online writing test and personal interview round. Please visit the Financial Aid section to prepare accordingly. 


The Young India Fellowship is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We do not discriminate between applicants on the basis of ability, religion, caste, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, interests, or points of view. We aspire to build and sustain a learning community in which all students feel that they belong.