Fellowships

A list of fellowships offered for the social sector—for professional development, in the field, or in academia. The list includes fellowships offered within India, as well as some offered internationally.

*The fellowships in each section are listed in alphabetical order. This list was last updated on October 19th, 2021. If you would like to suggest any edits to this page, or would like us to add something we missed out, please writetous@idronline.org

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Social sector fellowships

52 Parindey Fellowship

  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Eligibility: Applicants should be between the ages of 18-30; in the pursuit of livelihoods; interested in experiencing Travel as a pedagogy for learning
  • Format: Each fellow will spend 7-10 days in each region of their choice and document their experiences and learnings; after understanding the local ecosystem, the story will be captured in 3 mediums of text, photographs, and video;
  • Deadline: 25th July, 2021

Aavishkar Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: A bachelors degree in Math or Science (or associated fields), learning attitude and aptitude for problem-solving, ability to communicate emphatically and assertively in Hindi and English
  • Format: Fellows will work with schools and deliver Science and Math programmes developed by Aavishkaar to schools, teachers, and communities
  • Deadline: April 25th, 2020

Acumen Regional Fellows India

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Fluency in English; fellows must demonstrate a commitment to ending poverty and injustice in their community through their work
  • Format: Fellows remain in jobs while participating in five, multi-day seminars over the course of the year
  • Deadline: Applications will open in July 2021

AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

  • Duration: 10 months, full-time
  • Eligibility: US or Indian citizens aged 21-34 having a bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Volunteer service programme that matches fellows with development organisations
  • Deadline: New cycle begins every October

Anant Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline
  • Format: The fellowship prepares and empowers solutionaries who design, build and preserve a more equitable and sustainable built environment in India
  • Deadline: June 30th, 2020

Arts for Good Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in Singapore
  • Eligibility: Minimum two years of professional/voluntary experience, preferably in the education/social sector; prior experience working with a community through the arts, demonstrating a strong interest in arts-based projects aimed at creating social impact; fluency in English; any age and nationality; ability to attend all components of the programme, among others
  • Format: The fellowship will explore the theme of creative empowerment for children and youth, with a focus on mental health and well-being
  • Deadline: Postponed to 2021

Ashoka Fellowship

  • Duration: Three years (plus life-long membership)
  • Eligibility: Entrepreneurs with a new system changing idea that addresses pertinent social or environmental issues
  • Format: Fellows receive a stipend for the three year period to work on their initiative full-time. They also receive access to a network of like-minded social entrepreneurs, wellbeing support, peer-learning opportunities, and so on
  • Deadline: Open year round

Ashoka Young Changemakers

  • Duration: One year (plus life-long membership)
  • Eligibility: Under 20 years of age, founder/co-founder of an initiative that is addressing social or environmental issues at the community level
  • Format: Young Changemakers receive mentorship, access to curated opportunities, media support, leadership training, invitations to Ashoka events and programmes; and are expected to lead local-level initiative to empower young people
  • Deadline: Open year-round

Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Must have a demonstrable record of experience in one of governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, or regional cooperation; under 40 years of age; conversant in English; citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam
  • Format: The fellowship comprises of a leadership dialogue and exchange programme in Asia, a forum on leadership for Asia’s future, a leadership dialogue and exchange programme in the US, a professional development award, and a tailored mentoring component
  • Deadline: Check in August 2021

Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

  • Duration: One year in the UK
  • Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline; at least 5 years relevant experience; must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement
  • Format: Residential fellows undertake a full-time, one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences at LSE; non-residential fellows investigate inequalities over a period of 12 to 18 months via a set of AFSEE modules and project work while remaining based in their home environment
  • Deadline: Autumn 2021

Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Eligibility: 4-10 years’ work experience; degree in any discipline; proficiency in English and one of Hindi, Kannada, Tamil or Telugu; below 35 years of age
  • Format: Fellows teach in government schools in rural India to develop an understanding of the ground realities of the public education system
  • Deadline: October 2020

Bhumi Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Young graduates willing to commit to two years and who can read and speak Tamil fluently
  • Format: Paid & full-time. Young graduates work on whole-school transformation
  • Deadline: April 15th, 2022

Buddha Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Fresh graduates from IIT/IIM or professionals/entrepreneurs
  • Format: The fellowship offers an incubation space to fellows to help them become development entrepreneurs with mentorship sessions and reflection workshops
  • Deadline: January 30th, 2020

Centre for Humanitarian Data (UNOCHA) — Data Fellows Programme 2020

  • Duration: June-July 2020, in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience or a graduate degree with 3 years of relevant experience
  • Format: Residential fellows will be exposed to different parts of the humanitarian system and will work on an individual project that addresses a challenge related to the use and impact of data in the sector. The three focus areas for this year are: Data Storytelling (Education), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (Mosaic Effect)
  • Deadline: March 17th, 2020

Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship in Creative Writing

  • Duration: 2-3 months in the UK
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens living in India, 25-45 years of age; postgraduate degree and/or at least 5 years of experience
  • Format: This fellowship enables academics, writers, and translators to spend a few months at host universities, doing their own work and interacting with colleagues
  • Deadline: September 2020

Chief Minister Fellowship Program (Maharashtra)

  • Duration: 11 months
  • Eligibility: 21-26 years of age; graduate with a first class; minimum one-year work experience; basic proficiency in Marathi
  • Format: This programme is designed to provide fellows with an understanding of governance and policy making
  • Deadline: June 2020

Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates Program (Haryana)

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Below 28 years of age; Indian citizens with bachelor’s degree and one year of work experience/postgraduate degree; proficiency in English and Hindi
  • Format: Fellows represent the Chief Minister’s Office and work with district administrations
  • Deadline: May 27th, 2021

Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship (CMULF)

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Below 35 years of age
  • Format: Fellows are assigned to work with Ministers and/or senior officials across various departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi, providing analytical support in the formulation of policies, implementation of projects, and so on
  • Deadline: August 9, 2021

Citizens for Public Leadership Fellowship

  • Duration: 12 months, online
  • Eligibility: Must be a minimum of 20 years old or a maximum of 35 years of age, as of 2nd October; must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree (3-years minimum), as of 2nd October (we also encourage final year undergraduate students to apply); must be an Indian citizen
  • Format: The fellowship has a two-pronged approach and focuses on imparting skills as well as a conceptual understanding of various policy issues. This is done through interactive sessions with policy practitioners, eminent professors, scholars as well as leaders in the foundational courses that are offered
  • Deadline: Applications will be open between October and November of every year.

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) Fellowship

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Open to candidates from CDRI member nations; students, faculty, researchers; practitioners from government agencies, service agencies, nonprofits and private organisations.
  • Format: The fellowship provides a one-time grant of up to USD 10,000 (or equivalent) for each selected research proposal to support and encourage research on disaster resilient infrastructure
  • Deadline: January 17th, 2021

Cordes Fellowship

  • Duration: Five days
  • Eligibility: High-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit executives with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and poverty alleviation
  • Format: Open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the organisation with new, emerging leaders
  • Deadline: January 31st, 2021

CSIP Research Fellowship

  • Duration: 9 months
  • Eligibility: Individuals or small groups with several years of professional research experience, based full-time in India, who have the capacity to undertake rigorous research during the fellowship period and produce a working paper of publishable quality. Women, LGBTQIA+, Dalit, Adivasi, people with disabilities, and members of other minority and marginalised groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Format: The Research Fellowship will be conducted digitally, with all primary research undertaken via computer, tablet, or phone. At the end of the fellowship, fellows are expected to produce an 8,000-word high-quality working paper to be published on CSIP’s website.
  • Deadline: September 30, 2021

Dalberg Design Fellowship

  • Duration: Three months
  • Eligibility: Work experience in social impact/design agencies, an ability and willingness to travel and proficiency in written and spoken English (French, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi are a plus)
  • Format: Fellows are embedded within teams and have hands-on experience with projects from the start; each fellowship may vary in length, number of projects, and role within the team; the opportunity is full-time and paid, with flexible start dates
  • Deadline: Open year-round

Data Fellows Programme

  • Duration: Two months, June-July 2021
  • Eligibility: Graduates ( 4 years of relevant experience) and postgraduates (2 years of relevant experience
  • Format: Responsible for designing a project based on a problem are identified by the centre, conduct desk and user research to develop it.
  • Deadline: March-April

Delhi Assembly Research Centre

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Masters with one year experience for Fellows and Bachelors with one year experience for Associate Fellow
  • Format: Fellows are engaged with MLAs, Legislative Assembly Procedures and different departments in Delhi Government
  • Deadline: None

Development Alternative’s Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, full-time
  • Eligibility: Graduates and postgraduates
  • Format: Fellows can work and receive mentorship in one of six thematics (natural resource management; basic needs fulfilment; employement generation; enterprise development; strengthening institutions; clean technology)
  • Deadline: None

Digital Civil Society Lab Non-resident Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in the US
  • Eligibility: Above 18 years of age, able to secure visa
  • Format: The fellowship supports social sector leaders to dedicate time to turning ideas into prototypes or action. All fellows will be responsible for designing, proposing, and implementing projects of their choice within one of two fellowship tracks: digital civil society or race and technology
  • Deadline: September 2020

Disom – The leadership school

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: 21 years or above of age; working knowledge of English and/or Hindi
  • Format: During the programme, fellows would focus on conceptualising a dream mission (a critical problem or gap they will take on in their constituencies), designing it and preparing the ecosystem for the launch
  • Deadline: October 31st, 2020

Echoing Green Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Above 18 years of age; fluency in English
  • Format: A leadership development programme for individuals/organisations who intend to solve a problem of importance
  • Deadline: October 2020

Fellowship for Climate Action

  • Duration: one year, part time
  • Eligibility: Interest in implementing solutions to climate change
  • Format: A one-year immersive programme for 20 fellows, based on a mentor-mentee framework (Track 1: Fellows willing to commit to a 1 year fully residential fellowship; Track 2: Fellows who are advanced in their careers and continue to work will have their curriculum and mentorship experience made flexible and customised to their availability)

Forbes Foundation Fellowship

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organisations based in India
  • Format: Selected organisations will get access to live training sessions with industry experts that focus on efficient data use, good communication practices, and drafting fundraising proposals; activities and feedback as well as post cohort resources and one-on-one support from the toolbox INDIA team. Upon selection, organisations will be required to pay a nominal participation fee of INR 2500
  • Deadline: September 2021

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

  • Duration: 6-12 months in the US
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens; bachelor’s degree with at least 55 percent marks; must be registered for a PhD at an Indian institution/been awarded a PhD within the past four years; fluency in English
  • Format: These are offered for doctoral/postdoctoral research related to climate issues
  • Deadline: May 15th, 2020

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships

  • Duration: 1-2 years in the US
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens; bachelor’s degree with at least 55 percent marks; at least three years of professional work experience; fluency in English
  • Format: There are different types and associated eligibility criteria of awards—student awards, scholars and teacher awards, professional development programmes
  • Deadline: May 15th, 2020

Gandhi Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Two years, residential
  • Eligibility: Graduates/postgraduates; professionals below 26 years
  • Format: Four semesters; curriculum focuses on development of core competencies wherein fellows are challenged to demonstrate learning and impact
  • Deadline: March 2021

German Chancellor Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in Germany
  • Eligibility: Individuals who have completed their first degree less than 12 years ago
  • Format: Fellowship is awarded for working on a projected developed by the individual herself with a host of her choice in Germany
  • Deadline: September 15th, 2021

Girish Sant Memorial Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Cannot be enrolled in an academic programme
  • Format: The fellow will be working independently on a public interest research project in the energy sector which could include any mix of desk research, field work, primary data collection, and surveys
  • Deadline: February 2020

Global Challenges Fellowship Program

  • Duration: 7-8 months
  • Eligibility: Indian resident citizens
  • Format: The programme invites researchers and practitioners to the School of Public Policy at Central European University and the Central European University Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin to conduct analytical and empirical work and engaging with policy practitioners
  • Deadline: November 2020

Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability (GPODS) Fellowship

  • Duration: 3 months, online
  • Eligibility: Basic knowledge of English, commitment to complete the program from October to December, Leadership skills through experience
  • Format: 3 courses and 5 workshops in public policy, diplomacy, and sustainability with mentors from all over the world who will deliver guest lectures and conduct smaller office hours with the fellows
  • Deadline: August 15th, 2021

Goonj Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Between 21-30 years of age; graduate in any discipline, Indian citizen
  • Format: Fellows witness and engage firsthand with grassroots innovation, gain hands-on experience and immersion into urban and rural India’s realities
  • Deadline: June 10, 2021

Happy Children’s Fellowship Programme

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Fluency in Hindi; demonstrable passion about working with children
  • Format: Fellows will work with children in Uttarakhand at the Happy Children’s Library, on areas such as learning sessions, reading and writing activities, library outreach, documentation, and impact assessments
  • Deadline: February 2020

Head Held High (HHH) Fellowship

  • Duration: Eight months, plus two months training in Tumkur, Karnataka
  • Eligibility: 18-30 years of age; Indian or international citizen
  • Format: Fellows’ primary responsibility is to work as trainers delivering the HHH transformative programme to rural youth at partner centres
  • Deadline: None

Henry Arnhold Fellowship

  • Duration: One year (main event is two week-long design courses on the coast of California in June of 2020 and 2021)
  • Eligibility: Impact-obsessed professionals pioneering effective ways to: Protect nature and ecosystems or slow down climate change or adapt to the new climate reality
  • Format: 8-10 leaders are helped to (1) design high-impact scalable solutions and strategies for better, faster, bigger outcomes; (2) build their organisations to deliver them at scale; and (3) become part of a growing community of innovators in conservation and climate
  • Deadline: No application, fellows are actively recruited through connections

iCFDR Fellowship

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Final year students, graduates, and working professionals (21 years or above age)
  • Format: 12 hours a week: Seven hours on weekends, and five hours through the week
  • Deadline: Open year round

Ideosync UNESCO Information Fellowship

  • Duration: 4 months
  • Eligibility: Citizen of India or Person of Indian Origin (PIO); below 30 years of age; Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline; proficient in English; full-time access to a laptop, smartphone, and 4G internet
  • Format: Online/ remote; 10 weeks of intensive training with experts from the field of Media, Communication and Development; 6 weeks to produce and present a communication project to an external jury that selects the projects that will get financial support
  • Deadline: October 15, 2021

IDEX Fellowship

  • Duration: Six months (virtual programme)
  • Eligibility: Any professional from across the globe who wants to deep dive into the social impact sector and make the transition to social enterprise practitioner
  • Format: Each fellow will gain access to the online learning labs; consulting projects with four social enterprises from across the globe; live community engagement with 300+ alumni; and one-on-one meetings with mentors-in-residence and subject matter experts
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2021

ILO’s Social Finance Programme

  • Eligibility: Applicants should have relevant expertise to contribute to activities related to insurance, financial inclusion and/or public-private partnerships; be proactive and ready to document learning experiences during the fellowship; be ready to work in a developing country for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Format: Each Fellow will be placed with a host organisation for at least a year to support an innovation project. The project could range from the implementation of a risk management product, public-private partnership, digital solution, or distribution partnership.
  • Deadline: July 25, 2021 23:59 CEST

Impulse Model Press Lab Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Citizens of India/Bangladesh/Nepal/Myanmar; 2-3 years of journalism experience; skilled in media; willing to work in partner countries.
  • Format: Fellows build digital journalism skills and conduct sensitive reports on cross-border human trafficking in the region
  • Deadline: July 2020

India for Mental Health Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Freelance reporters with multimedia experience, understanding of data journalism, and familiarity with non-English languages; 5-7 years of experience
  • Format: Reporting fellows will cover mental health and mental illness from an Indian perspective, to highlight gaps in coverage or policy
  • Deadline: January 2020

India Smart Cities Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Fresh graduates/postgraduates with 1st division or minimum 60 percent marks; or PhDs; below 35 years of age
  • Format: Fellows will provide support to Mission Director, SCM and/or CEOs of selected Smart Cities in terms of analytics, research, documentation, independent assessment, and so on
  • Deadline: August 2020

Indian Administrative Fellowship

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Eligibility: 10+ years of achievement and capabilities in problem-solving, influencing, and leading large initiatives with successful outcomes
  • Format: Fellows are to partner with the administration for extensively strategising and implementing current and envisaged programs for attaining sustained progress across state-level indicators
  • Deadline: Accepting registrations for inaugural cohort

Indicorps Fellowship

  • Duration: 1-2 years, full time
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens; a college/university degree or five years equivalent work experience; fluency in English
  • Format: Fellows are responsible for implementing high-impact projects defined by Indicorps and local grassroots organisations to address community challenges. Fellows attend periodic workshops to share progress and collectively solve challenges
  • Deadline: November 2020

Indus Action’s Policy Action Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Graduates with 3+ years of work experience; strong data analytical skills; strong technical skills to manage the MIS system
  • Format: Fellows have a three-phase rotation across the year during which they get an understanding of the organisation and the work that happens across functions and how policies are implemented across the country
  • Deadline: None

International Innovation Corps (IIC) India Program

  • Duration: Minimum of 12 months (on projects scoped for 1-3 years)
  • Eligibility: Graduate with minimum 2 years of work experience; under 29 years of age
  • Format: Fellows provide end-to-end support as Project Management Units (PMUs) for programmes implemented by government departments, foundations, and nonprofits
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Kanthari scholarship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: kanthari is for people who have decided to start an organisation or nonprofit to make a difference, welcoming applicants (minimum 22 years of age) who have overcome significant life challenges and carry a plan for social change because of that, and who have a basic understanding of spoken and written English along with computer skills
  • Format: Experiential—a seven month residential programme in Kerala with a five act curriculum, followed by five months of remote mentorship support
  • Deadline: Open year round

Karmyo Foundation Fellowship

  • Duration: Three months
  • Eligibility: College students or working professionals passionate and enthusiastic to work with students in the age group of 12 to 16 years, who are entrepreneurial in nature (preferred location: Meghalaya)
  • Format: Fellows remain in their jobs while dedicating 10 hours a week in assigned government/low income schools to impart the programme; prior training and course material will be provided by the organisation
  • Deadline: May 2020

Kiva Fellowship

  • Duration: 6-12 months:
  • Eligibility: At least 21 years of age; fluency in English; must be able to legally travel to the US for a training programme
  • Format: Fellows work in the field with international partners working on capacity building and measuring impact in the fields of micro-finance and social enterprise
  • Deadline: Programme temporarily paused, visit the website for updates

Kshamtalaya iDiscover Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years, full time
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have the legal status to work in India and functional knowledge of English
  • Format: Fellows are placed in one school where they will impact grades 3, 4 and 5 by adopting Kshamtalaya’s model and pedagogy
  • Deadline: None

LEAD India Fellowship

  • Duration: one year
  • Eligibility: Fluency in English; minimum five years of experience
  • Format: The programme promotes experiential, participatory and comprehensive learning to equip leaders with the most effective skills, acumen, and attitude for a sustainable world
  • Deadline: November 2020

Lead Like Gandhi Fellowship

  • Duration: 11 days, spread over a year, with eight days of workshops in the beginning and three later after a period of nine months
  • Eligibility: Nomination from a guardian; CXO or senior leader of an organisation
  • Format: Journey of eight days combining experiential learning through visits that bring alive Gandhiji’s life, philosophy and values, role plays, peer learning and tête-à-têtes with Gandhians, transformational sessions that allow each one to go within & emerge in their greatness
  • Deadline: Two cohorts, in February and November respectively

Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship

  • Duration: 10-11 months
  • Eligibility: 25 years of age or below; bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Fellows are mentored by an MP and their primary role is to provide extensive research support to the MP for her parliamentary work
  • Deadline: None

LGT Impact Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate degree (MBA or other advanced degree in a relevant field preferred); minimum of two years of full-time work experience after university (internships during studies excluded); proficiency in English, both written and spoken (additional languages from relevant regions helpful)
  • Format: 1. Impact Fellowship: Fellows work with for-profit or nonprofit portfolio organisations with social or environmental impact and ambitious targets to grow; 2. Investment Associate Fellowship: Fellows work with LGT Lightstone’s regional investment teams to support their ongoing portfolio management activities; 3. Venture Philanthropy (VP) Associate Fellowship: Fellows work with LGT VP’s regional teams to support broad range of VP engagements and activities
  • Deadline: April 4, 2021

LOEB Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in the US
  • Eligibility: Urban designers, public artists, developers, journalists, civic leaders, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, policymakers, and community development leaders with a minimum 5-10 years of experience in their field
  • Format: Fellows audit courses at Harvard or MIT, and partake in lectures, symposia, conferences, and exhibitions; fellows also attend weekly seminars and dinners and build a community of fellowship
  • Deadline: Open year-round

Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF)

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Has to be an Indian citizen, bachelor’s degree, three years of work experience after senior secondary in the social sector, proficient in an Indian language
  • Format: Combination of classroom sessions and field visits in districts to identify barriers in raising employment, economic output, and promote livelihoods in rural areas
  • Deadline: March 27th, 2021

Media Fellowship for The Camel Partnership

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Media professionals who can develop original content–ranging from articles to photostories
  • Format: Field visits, research and surveys, focussed interviews and discussions with camel herders in western Rajastha
  • Deadline: April 25th, 2020

Moving Worlds Career Acceleration Programme

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Open to professionals from any industry, sector and region of the world, with at least three years of professional experience
  • Format: Fellows will learn leading social impact frameworks, receive virtual training & cohort building, access to a global network, 1-on-1 purpose coaching
  • Deadline: January 31st, 2020

Naropa Fellowship

  • Duration: one year
  • Eligibility: A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline
  • Format: This programme is aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of Ladakh and the Himalayan region
  • Deadline: open year round

NCPEDP-Javed Abidi Fellowship on Disability

  • Duration: Three years full time and will follow a hybrid model (mix of both in-person and online)
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be Indian citizens between the age group of 18-28 years and should have completed a minimum secondary level of education; preference will be given to youth with disabilities. However, exceptional youth without disabilities with prior (academic/work/volunteer) experience in the disability sector will also be considered; fundamental knowledge of disability issues and other cross-cutting development issues in India is essential; excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or Hindi or any one of the regional languages is essential.
  • Format: Three years full time and will follow a hybrid model (mix of both in-person and online); the opportunity to work with NCPEDP’s State Partners and shadowing experience with State disability leaders to get an in-depth experience on policy-level issues and challenges at the grassroots level; essential knowledge-based support in form of training and capacity building workshops on rights-based mechanisms and disability rights, guidance and exposure to policy advocacy strategies at both Centre and State levels, mentorship under field experts and a competitive stipend of up to INE 25,000 to meet necessary needs during the fellowship programme.
  • Deadline: August 11, 2021, 11.59 pm (IST)

New Voices Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Development experts from Africa, Asia, and Latin America; open by nomination only
  • Format: Fellows devote 10 percent of their working time towards a programme of media support, advocacy lessons, training, and writing under the guidance of mentors
  • Deadline: October 2020

NIRMAN by SEARCH

  • Duration: Three workshops of eight days each, distributed over a period of one year
  • Eligibility: 18 to 28 years of age
  • Format: Each batch of around 200 selected youth goes through a series of three residential workshops, where experts from different fields discuss development problems from social, economic, scientific, and technological perspectives
  • Deadline: 31st August, 2020

Praja Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens above 18 years of age; students pursuing graduation or postgraduation; familiarity with English and Hindi
  • Format: Fellows are placed as research assistants to Mumbai’s Municipal Councillors to assist them to discharge their functions effectively
  • Deadline: August 2020

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship

  • Duration: Up to five years
  • Eligibility: CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) in all years of four/five year undergraduate or five-year integrated postgraduate degree in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST
  • Format: Research fellowship for full-time PhD programme in one of IISc/IISERs/IITs or Central Universities
  • Deadline: May 2020

Profugo Field Fellow

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Master’s students
  • Format: The fellowship enables young professionals to get hands on experience working in development and fellows spend six months to a year working in Wayanad, and are responsible for overseeing a project or programme most suited to their interests
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Punjab Youth Leaders Program

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Below 35 years of age; work experience of at least two years
  • Format: Fellows work towards improving the learning and governance in government primary schools in Punjab
  • Deadline: None

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST candidates

  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Eligibility: SC/ST candidates who have passed postgraduate examinations
  • Format: The fellowship provides financial assistance to candidates who wish to pursue MPhil/PhD degrees in sciences, humanities, social sciences and engineering & technology
  • Deadline: June 2020

Rashtram Accelerator Programme

  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Eligibility: Need to be a postgraduate for the Academic track and a graduate for the Socio-Political track
  • Format: A one-year residential public leadership programme to nurture future leaders of India to produce authentic action
  • Deadline: March 2021

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Specific to programme
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens with a demonstrated interest in wildlife ecology and conservation; bachelor’s degree; below 30 years of age
  • Format: This programme funds three activities—a master’s degree in ecology or conservation at an international university, an internship with an international conservation organisation, and a small grants programme for a conservation research project within India
  • Deadline: April/May 2020

Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA N) Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, full-time
  • Eligibility: Inclination to address challenges of marginal farmers; interest and committed to work for rural India; basic reading and writing skills in English.
  • Format: Fellows get to work on different aspects of rainfed agriculture under the guidance of an experienced mentor
  • Deadline: November-January 2020

Rotary Peace Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, non-residential in Thailand/Uganda
  • Eligibility: English proficiency; bachelor’s degree; demonstrable commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace; at least five years of relevant work experience
  • Format: Fellows come to the programme with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the programme region or their community
  • Deadline: New cycle begins every February

Sampark Young Leaders Programme

  • Duration: Two years, full time
  • Eligibility: Fluency in Hindi; bachelor’s/master’s degree; critical thinking and problem solving; applicants should be courageous and determined to bring about the change at scale and demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders
  • Format: A 6-week induction, post which fellows will work on the Sampark Smart Shala Programme towards improving learning outcomes for children in government primary schools in India
  • Deadline: April 15th, 2021

Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards

  • Duration: five months
  • Eligibility: Journalists from small and regional-language publications; preferably women; preferably from non-metro areas
  • Format: Candidates, once selected, will be offered INR 50,000 to generate five well-researched articles in English, Hindu, or Urdu on specific themes
  • Deadline: October 15th, 2020

SBI Youth for India

  • Duration: 13 months
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens aged 21-32
  • Format: Fellows work on rural development projects with experienced nonprofits
  • Deadline: New cycle begins every May

Second Chance Fellowship For Prison Reformation

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: A bachelor’s degree in criminology, sociology, psychology, social work, law (or associated fields), learning attitude and aptitude for problem-solving, ability to communicate emphatically without judgement, and high emotional resilience
  • Format: Fellows will work in Indian prisons and hold workshops and sessions on topics such as prevention of gender-based violence, access to justice, conflict management, and so on; and design projects with peer prisoner fellows which will be incubated
  • Deadline: Open year-round

SG Seeders Fellowship

  • Duration: three months
  • Eligibility: 25 to 40 years of age; resident of any of the five states of Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, or Odisha
  • Format: Each seeder shall identify 30 aspiring Women Grampreneurs SHG (women SHGs from rural areas, currently operating or aspiring to work on an enterprise) to apply for Seeding Grampreneur Business Support, out of which 15 SHGs would be provided business support
  • Deadline: September 20th, 2020

Shakthi Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, full time
  • Eligibility: Women with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree; preferably in the age group of 22-28 years
  • Format: A programme integrated with a social enterprise incubator, the fellowship provides courses on liberal arts, sciences, and management, along with grassroots experiences through immersive, real-world projects, enabling fellows to launch their enterprises
  • Deadline: December 11th, 2020

She Runs Government Fellowship

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Eligibility: Women who have contested election at any level ie, college, university, RWA, local government, MLA, and so on; in nominated political party positions for at least 6 months; women who have worked in civil-society, policy or media organisations for at least 2 years, and want to transition to a career in politics; women who are or were LAMP/Acumen/Gandhi/Teach for India Fellows, and aspire to join politics
  • Format: Fellows will undergo residential in-person workshops, learning sessions, mentorship from seasoned women politicians, personalised public narrative training by coaches from Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Deadline: February 28th, 2021

Solid Waste Management (SWM) Fellowship

  • Duration: 2 months
  • Eligibility: Individuals and teams interested in setting up organisations in the SWM sector; professionals working in the SWM sector; geography-specific organisations invested in overall development of their city or town; policymakers interested in gaining granular field-level insights; municipal SWM officials; individuals with demonstrated interest in SWM
  • Format: Fellows will be given exposure to urban SWM processes, incubation support, data collection formats and guidance for setting up their own social franchise
  • Deadline: August 31st, 2020

South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship in Mental Health

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Healthcare providers, public health professionals, and researchers from India or Bangladesh; Master’s degree in public health, nursing, psychology, health science, social work, health policy, or law
  • Format: The fellowship aims to train future implementation researchers from India and Bangladesh through online lectures and assignments, monthly reading assignments, mentoring sessions, and intensive residential study visits to the Mehsana District
  • Deadline: May 15th, 2020

SPARSH

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Eligibility: Must be an Indian citizen; should have an Indian undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate degree (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD, PhD); should be below 35 years; from fields of life sciences, agriculture, engineering, medicine and human biology
  • Format: Fellows will be involved for 5-6 months working in rural or urban community settings; conduct research to identify gaps; build product design, prototype, and delivery mechanism.
  • Deadline: 30 September, 2021

Swedish Institute Management Programme Asia

  • Duration: May-August 2021 (check website for specific details)
  • Eligibility: Must be a citizen and resident of China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam (check the website for more details.)
  • Format: The programme has three phases focused on strategic mapping, strategy development, and strategy implementation
  • Deadline: March 31st, 2021

T Works Fellowship

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: 18 years or above of age; no specific minimum education qualification, but candidates should be available for a full-time role in Hyderabad
  • Format: Fellows will collaborate with stakeholders from government, corporate sector, educational institutions, startups, and artists
  • Deadline: September 15th, 2020

Teach for India Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Indian citizen/foreign national of Indian origin; bachelor’s degree; fluency in English
  • Format: Fellows serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in under-served schools
  • Deadline: Open year round

TechnoServe Fellows Program

  • Duration: 3-12 months
  • Eligibility: Minimum two years full-time work experience; proven strategic thinking, problem solving, communication, and analytical capabilities; language requirements based on location of placement
  • Format: Typical roles involve assessing and identifying opportunities for markets, value chains, and industries, strengthening the operations and/or organisational capacity of TechnoServe clients, evaluating programme impact, and so on
  • Deadline: Open year-round

The Antara Fellowship

  • Duration: One year (with a possibility of a full-time role post the fellowship)
  • Eligibility: Bachelors’ degree in any field, 0-3 years’ experience, strong analytical and presentation skills, excellent communication (written and oral, in English and Hindi), ability to work in a team environment
  • Format: Fellows are placed in Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh in one of our maternal and child health field programmes. They work alongside Programme Officers to support intervention design, implementation, monitoring, communication, and so on; tasks are assigned based on programme needs and the fellow’s interest and skills, and involve working closely with the community and government
  • Deadline: Open year-round

The Art of Living Fellowship/Internship Program

  • Duration: One year, full-time
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Format: Interns are involved in educating the underprivileged and engaging in slum development activities
  • Deadline: Open year-round

The Gender Lab Fellowship

  • Duration: 10 months (June-March) full-time
  • Eligibility: 20-25 year old women from India, must be fluent in Hindi
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2021

The Global Governance Futures—Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues (GGF) Program

  • Duration: One year, non-residential (US, Brazil, Germany)
  • Eligibility: Brazilian, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, South African, or US citizens; bachelor’s degree
  • Format: This programme brings together young professionals to look ahead to the year 2035 and think of ways to better address global challenges
  • Deadline: October 2020

The Gram Swarajya Fellowship

  • Duration: 10 months
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be between 13-20 years to apply; living and working in rural, semi-urban places in India, and must demonstrate a commitment to community development in social entrepreneurship or leadership as integral members of an initiative that focuses on village development, with a vision for transforming and scaling their initiative
  • Format: The changemakers will identify the needs/dreams and challenges faced by their nearby communities; ideate with their team and end-users in their targeted area to create sustainable long-term solutions, which are in alignment with the 17 SDGs by leveraging available resources, and help create a sustainable model for rural development that empowers the community
  • Deadline: Applications accepted throughout the year. Cohort begins in May every year.

The Greenhouse Technology-Art-Society Fellowship

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Researchers, technologists, and artists
  • Format: The fellowship aims to explore the ways in which emerging digital technologies are transforming Indian society, and build formats for research communication that enable broader public engagement on these issues
  • Deadline: None

The Jijivisha Fellowship by Slam Out Loud

  • Duration: one year, part time
  • Eligibility: Above 18 years of age; at least 1 year of college education completed; experience with planning and facilitation; formal or informal experience with art form (poetry, storytelling, theatre, or visual arts)
  • Format: Fellows are placed in low income classrooms and use the transformative power of performance and visual arts to build essential life skills in children and enable them to find their voice through creative expression
  • Deadline: May 2020

The Mina Swaminathan Media Fellowship

  • Duration: Three months
  • Eligibility: Consistent writing on the subjects of gender, development, environment and rural concerns
  • Format: Fellows are expected to publish two well-researched articles in mainstream media, produce a policy brief on the theme of the year and deliver a seminar on their work
  • Deadline: September 23rd, 2020

The Period Fellowship

  • Duration: 15 months
  • Eligibility: At least 21 years of age; fluency in written and spoken Hindi; bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Fellows work with adults and adolescents from low-income communities to create safe spaces to break the silence around menstruation
  • Deadline: January 2020

The Quest Fellowship

  • Duration: Ten months
  • Eligibility: Graduate (bachelor’s degree)
  • Format: Personal research, networking opportunities, and discussions
  • Deadline: February 25th, 2021

The Red Door (TRD) Fellowship Programme

  • Duration: 6 months, completely online, so wifi/data connection is compulsory
  • Eligibility: Must be a woman or identify as one; should be an Indian citizen; between the ages of 21-30 with working knowledge of English.
  • Format: Fellows will be given the opportunity to learn from academic experts in the fields of gender, sexuality, disability and mental health to strengthen their theoretical understanding of these issues; interact with social entrepreneurs who have taken up a cause and started ventures to make a real impact and with social workers who’ve worked on the field and at the grass-roots level
  • Deadline: August 10, 2021

The Safe Abortion For Everyone (SAFE) Fellowship

  • Duration: 5 months
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be between 18-35 years of age can apply; young people from diverse marginalised backgrounds, especially from Assam and Kerala, are encouraged to apply!
  • Format: Capacity building in abortion rights and issues through e-learning courses, mentorship via subject experts and financial support to execute the projects as a part of the fellowship.
  • Deadline: 25th July, 2021

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP)

  • Duration: The fellowship is online and will be conducted between 6th September-26 November (one day per week over 3 months).
  • Eligibility: Be a national of and currently living in a lower- or middle-income country; be either a social scientist with research experience or a public health or humanitarian response practitioner in a position to influence the design and/or rollout of humanitarian activities.
  • Format: One-on-one mentoring with a SSHAP expert; tailored professional training programme; support in developing an operational briefing to be published and promoted via SSHAP channels.
  • Deadline: 12 July, 2021 9 AM BST

Transforming India Initiative

  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens with a bachelor’s degree
  • Format: The social entrepreneurship programme is divided into 25 percent classroom facilitated learning and 75 percent practicum (where participants work with established social enterprises and develop business verticals for them); participants are awarded a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from IRMA as part of the six-month facilitated learning and are part of an EPGDSE (Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship) from TISS during the 18-month practicum.
  • Deadline: July 20th, 2021

Transforming India Initiative-Reimagine Farmer Enterprises

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens with a bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Fellows will be placed in farmers enterprises and ideate on business and technological solutions for them
  • Deadline: June 30th, 2021

UDAAN Fellowship

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: Above 21 years of age; minimum of one year of experience in the socio-political landscape
  • Format: The fellowship will empower participants to get work experience in the socio-political sphere by close interactions with leaders, think tanks, and related organisations
  • Deadline: August 31st, 2020

Ummeed Inclusion Fellowship Program (UIFP)

  • Duration: 2 years, full time (2021-2023)
  • Eligibility: B.Ed/Masters in Special Education/Masters in Counselling (with minimum 2 years of teaching experience); or 2 years of Fellowship in the space of Education [Candidates with relevant volunteering experience in the space of Inclusive Education are also welcome to apply]
  • Format: The program will commence from April 1st 2021; fellows will undergo 2 months (April-May) of Pre-Fellowship Training. Post that, fellows will be placed in different under-resourced schools to understand the grass root realities of India’s education system in the context of inclusion and strive to create an ecosystem of inclusive spaces in mainstream education. (Note: Fellows will be inducted in schools once the schools start as per government guidelines). Stipend will be given through the two years.
  • Deadline: March 2021

Urban Fellows Programme

  • Duration: Ten months
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree; below 30 years of age
  • Format: The fellowship aims at developing skills to analyse issues plaguing urban areas in architecture, development planning, and other interdisciplinary fields. It is comprised of eight months of in-class learning followed by two months of internship placements
  • Deadline: None

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Young Fellow Policy

  • Duration: 11 months
  • Eligibility: Proficiency in English/Hindi language; graduate with minimum one-year work experience
  • Format: Fellows will gain first-hand exposure to state policies, developmental programmes, and various state departments
  • Deadline: June 2020

Vision India Foundation Fellowship

  • Duration: 1-3 years
  • Eligibility: Work experience of two or more years or relevant Masters/PhD degree
  • Format: Fellows are prepared for public leadership
  • Deadline: January 2020

Water Aid media and photography fellowships

  • Duration: nine months
  • Eligibility: For the photography fellowship: media and communication students/amateur photographers aged 18-24
  • Format: For the media fellowship, fellows are required to document stories highlighting under-reported aspects on the theme of urban water. For the photography fellowship, they are invited to document strong, innovative, and diverse visual narratives on water—the crisis and solutions—across India
  • Deadline: None

Water Seekers’ Fellowship

  • Duration: 15 October-15 December 2021
  • Eligibility: Graduate or Postgraduate degree in social sciences, water management, development studies, environmental science, sustainability and other relevant disciplines; a keen interest in communicating stories and research surrounding the urban water landscape in India; access to the internet and a computer to effectively work from home; must have prior experience of internet-based research.
  • Format: Deliverables include: A case study (1,000 words), visual narrative (1,500 words), and policy brief (1000-1,200) words.
  • Deadline: 29 August, 2021

Wipro Educational Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Upto 3 years
  • Eligibility: At least two years of experience working in the education sector and/or have had academic exposure in education; a long-term commitment to a particular geography, preferably in locations currently underserved by education-focussed nonprofits; intent to work directly with children/teachers, preferably in the government education system
  • Format: Funding support for up to three founding members; freedom to choose educational domains and geography; capacity building on emergent needs by education experts and resource organisations; mentoring on organisational development issues; networking and learning from young and experienced Wipro Foundation partners
  • Deadline: October 31st, 2020

Women Deliver Young Leaders Program

  • Duration: Two years, part-time
  • Eligibility: Between 15-28 years old; English proficiency; regular access to email and the internet; access to a bank account
  • Format: Digital learning, workshops, grants, and speaking engagements to provide young advocates with opportunities to build and strengthen their knowledge and skills, particularly in the areas of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Deadline: March 13th, 2020

Yale Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program

  • Duration: Four months in the US
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be at least five, and not more than twenty years into their careers; fluency in English; non-US citizens
  • Format: Fellows engage in weekly seminars for discussions, receive individual and group coaching and skills development training, host events at Yale, and mentor student
  • Deadline: None

Yes Foundation Media for Social Change Fellowship

  • Duration: 2 months
  • Eligibility: 18-25 years of age
  • Format: The fellows are trained by industry leaders followed by a two month placement in a nonprofit where they lead well-defined projects to maximise communication efforts of nonprofits
  • Deadline: Varies by location

YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship

  • Duration: Two months (part-time 3-4 hours every alternate weekend)
  • Eligibility: Students in grades 8-12, and aged 13-18 years
  • Format: Fellows run feeds on Instagram on their selected social themes using visual storytelling with the aim of creating awareness, leading action and extending support
  • Deadline: September 6th, 2020

Young India Fellowship (YIF)

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Maximum 28 years of age; an undergraduate/postgraduate degree
  • Format: Postgraduate residential programme in liberal studies at Ashoka University
  • Deadline: April 2021

Young Leaders in Tech Policy Fellowship

  • Duration: Young professionals with an engineering background and 2-5 years of work experience or a master’s degree
  • Eligibility: Young professionals with an engineering background and 2-5 years of work experience or a master’s degree
  • Format: Fellows will be embedded in tech policy think tanks working on cutting edge research on pressing tech policy issues; get to develop proficiency in tech policy and expertise in their assigned subject areas; and fellows will be paid an annual stipend of INR 12.5 lakh per annum to cover their expenses
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Young Professionals Programme for Legal Empowerment (YPPLE)

  • Duration: One year (minimum)
  • Eligibility: Law graduates/legal professionals with 0-3 years’ work experience
  • Format: Fellows work in the field where the Centre for Social Justice is implementing interventions
  • Deadline: 20th July, 2021

Yunus & Youth Fellowship Programme

  • Duration: Once a year from April to October (online)
  • Eligibility: Fluency in English; 18 to 30 years of age, with a few exceptions made for outstanding applicants over the age of 30
  • Format: Fellows and mentors are matched based on the needs of the entrepreneur and the strengths of the mentor, join an exclusively curated learning journey designed to address their main needs and challenges
  • Deadline: June 20th, 2021 (11.59 PM GMT)