Selection Process: Class of 2025
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 (Rolling)
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. The essays section, a critical component of the application, allows the reviewers to understand how applicants think, reflect, and engage with ideas and the world around them. We may request a few candidates for a telephonic conversation if we need any clarifications before making a shortlisting decision.
- (Optional) Application for Need-based Financial Aid (Once in each Round)
Candidates may independently apply for need-based financial aid (upto 100%) if shortlisted for the Personal Interview. Candidates also get an opportunity to explore education loans. Please visit the fee, aid and scholarships section to learn more about the philosophy and process to apply for aid.
- Stage 2: Personal Interview (Rolling)
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. A few candidates may be invited for a second conversation.
- Stage 3: Decisions (Once in each Round)
Applicants would typically receive one of the following decisions: an offer of admission, waitlisted for admission, or a denial of admission. In case of an offer of admission, candidates will also receive a decision on their Financial Aid package (if awarded). A few admitted candidates would also receive an invitation to interview for the Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship.