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Selection Process: Class of 2022-23

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: Holistic Application Assessment and Shortlist

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.

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. 

Stage 2: 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 3: 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 4: Decision on Admission and Financial Aid

Once candidates complete the three stages of the process, the Admissions Committee holistically reviews each candidature to make a final decision. The candidates are then sent communication of the Committee's decision. If they are offered admission, the Financial Aid package (if the candidate has applied for financial aid, and if awarded by the Financial Aid Committee) is also included in the communication. The Office of Admissions also communicates with candidates who are waitlisted or denied admission. 

Selection Timeline: Class of 2022-23

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. 


Please note: Our shortlisting decisions and the Online Writing Test window will be available on a rolling basis. In other words, the sooner a candidate applies even within a round, the sooner they will know whether they are shortlisted. Consequently, the candidate will have more time to prepare documentation for Financial Aid (before the form opens, and if they wish to apply) and be able to complete the Online Writing Test sooner. 



Round One - Early Application Round

Applications Open: 1st October, 2021
Application Deadline: 15th December, 2021

Application Shortlist (Rolling): Mid November to End December, 2021
Online Writing Test (Rolling): End November, 2021 to Early January, 2022 
Application for Financial Aid: Early January, 2022
Personal Interviews: Early to End January, 2022
Offers to Selected Candidates: Mid February, 2022
Acceptance and Initial Payment (as applicable): Early March, 2022

Round Two - Final Round

Applications Open: 16th December, 2021
Application Deadline: 15th March, 2022

Application Shortlist (Rolling): Mid February to End March, 2022
Online Writing Test (Rolling): End February to Early April, 2022 
Application for Financial Aid: Early April, 2022
Personal Interviews: Mid April to Early May, 2022
Offers to Selected Candidates: End May, 2022
Acceptance and Initial Payment: Mid June, 2021

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: June and July, 2022
Last Date for Admissions: To be announced
Programme Commencement for Class of 2021-22: Early August, 2022 

Please Note:

(1) The above dates are subject to change, and specific dates will be added subsequently. 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.