The Young India Fellowship

The Young India Fellowship

Conducted By : Young India Fellowship
February 28 2018   Fellowship   Undergraduate, Post Graduate   India
 About The Young India Fellowship
  • Young India Fellowship (YIF) invites fresh undergraduates and postgraduates to apply for the fellowship.
  • YIF is Ashoka University's first post-graduate programme and had its first academic session in 2011. It is a one-year multi-disciplinary postgraduate programme in Liberal Studies & Leadership.
  • It is a fully-funded, residential programme for recent college graduates showing exceptional ability, willingness to learn and leadership potential.
  • It is structured as an eight-semester long, liberal arts and sciences curriculum designed to build multiple perspectives around various important issues.
    • The programme begins for Class of 2017 Feb 2017
  • The Programme is launched in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and its dean co-signs YIF certificates.


  • Educational Qualification: Students who are in the final year of their undergraduate and postgraduate degree (any discipline) from a recognized college of India.
    • Students who have completed their undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree and have worked straight after that for not more than three years.
  • Language: Students who have received education through any medium of instruction. However, she/he should be able to converse, read and write in English.
  • Age: 28 years of age or less by Feb 2017
  • Related Subjects: Students with specialization in any subject/discipline can apply for young India Fellowship.

A Young India Fellow could be someone who has:

  • A deep-rooted ambition to solve problems and make an impact on society.
  • Passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications.
  • The humility to believe that he/she needs to learn more.
  • The willingness to think differently and chart a new course.
  • A demonstrated ability to overcome challenges.
  • Qualities of integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative, and open-mindedness.
  • An above-average academic record
 Reward Description

Young India Fellowship 2017 Rewards:

Young India Fellowship covers, in full or in part the following

  • The average cost of the programme per Fellow is about INR 6 lacs and each student is sponsored fully or partially by a sponsor.
  • Tuition expenses for lectures and workshops delivered by the best teachers and experts from around the world.
  • Boarding and lodging expenses.
  • Cost of reading and case materials, library subscriptions and purchase of text books.
  • Lifetime access to network of mentor’s, sponsors and peers.
  • You will get national recognition as a change agent of tomorrow.
  • You will get favourable consideration to pursue a Masters degree or Ph.D at UPenn & to pursue any Masters level course at Ashoka University in the future.
  • Young India Fellows will receive a certificate of completion co-signed by IFRE and Upenn.

The fellowship is an opportunity to experience an unparalleled world-class learning experience delivered by the very best from around the world.

 Application Process

Young India Fellowship Application Process:

The student interested in applying to young India Fellowship can apply via either of the three modes

Mode 1: Apply Online: Candidates have to apply ONLINE at the official website. Once registered a system generated e-mail will be sent to the registered email id of the applicant. 

Mode 2: Download the Application form: Candidates have to download the Application Form from the official website. A confirmation email will be sent to the registered email id of the applicant once the Application Form is received.

Mode 3: Candidates can purchase the hard copy of the Application Form directly from the YIF office

Important Points:

  •  The student can complete the online application form in multiple sessions as the application form can be saved and submitted later on.
  • To apply for the Young India Fellowship, applicants must submit a detailed application form. Each component of the application and the interview is important and the selection of the candidate for the programme will be made considering a combination of many factors.

Application Fees: There is no application fee for the program.

 Selection Process

Young India Fellowship Selection Process:

  • Young India Fellowship selection process will include evaluation of the submitted application, telephone interview, personal interview and a general ability test to assess their verbal, written and analytical skills.

The selection process will be carried out in three stages:

  • All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee consisting of faculty and executive members of the programme spread across different parts of the world.
  • Telephonic Interview: Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on the telephone before being called for an in-person interview.

Schedule for Telephonic interview:

Round 1: Telephonic Interview

September 2016, February 2017

Round 2: Telephonic Interview

March 2017, to May 2017

  • In Person Interview
    • Round 1 applicants who are short-listed will be interviewed in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangalore while
    • Round 2 applicants shortlisted for interview will be called to New Delhi.

Round 1: Personal Interview

October 2016 - March 2017

Round 2: Personal Interview

March 2017 -  June 2017

 Documents to be carried on the day of Interview:

  • Photograph
  • Passport or any other identity proof.
  • Mark sheets
  • Original Graduation document/or one original document to be submitted in person during final registration.
  • There could be multiple rounds of interviews for a candidate, depending on the need for further assessment. At this stage, applicants will also be administered a general ability test to assess their verbal, written and analytical skills.
  • Final selection for Young India Fellowship 2017 will be based on the applicant’s successful performance at all of these stages.
 Contact Details
  • Address 1: Young India Fellowship,
    Ashoka University,
    Plot #2 Rajeev Gandhi Education City,
    Kundli, Haryana -131028
  • Address 2: Sri Aurobindo Society Campus,
    Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
    Adhchini, New Delhi - 110017, India