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 April 26th, 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

Social sector fellowships

Within India

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: New cycle begins every September

AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

  • Duration: 10 months, full-time
  • Eligibility: United States 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

The AlterNarrative Fellowship by Thrive Foundation

  • Duration: One year, extendable to a maximum of two years with the possibility of full-time employment post-completion of Fellowship
  • Eligibility: Masters degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work; fluency in Tamil
  • Format: Part-time, paid role based in Chennai. The Fellow will be placed in a school for 3 days a week and is expected to provide on-site behavioural and emotional health consultation and support to schools to address barriers that interfere with students’ academic, social and emotional development.
  • Deadline: March 30th, 2020

Ambedkar Summer School, 2021

  • Duration: Seven days (23-28 May, 2021)
  • Eligibility: Research scholars or activists from marginalised communities
  • Format: The fellows will engage in reading, writing and dialogue on matters related to public policy in practice and experiences for marginalised social groups
  • Deadline: April 5th, 2021

Anahad Fellowship

  • Duration: 3 months residential programme
  • Eligibility: Minimum age 21, well-versed in English and Hindi, and with a bachelor’s degree or should be enrolled in a bachelor’s programme (check website for specific requirements)
  • Format: Each fellow will work with a minimum of 15 ethnic folk groups from Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal, Jharkhand, or Karnataka. Every fellow will also be expected to have a research topic and submit a dissertation at the end of the programme.
  • Deadline: Open four times a year (check website for exact dates)

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

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

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

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

Bhoomi College Fellowship Programme

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and should be 21 years
  • Format: Four months of course work and two months of internship project work, and presentation of the dissertation.
  • Deadline: Fellowship begins in July 2021

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: August 30th, 2020

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

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, 2020

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: November 2020

Citizens for Public Leadership Fellowship

  • Duration: 12 months, online
  • Eligibility: Must be between 20-35 years of age (as of 2nd October 2020); with at least a bachelor’s degree (as of 2nd October 2020); and 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 lectures with policy practitioners, eminent professors, scholars, as well as leaders in the field of politics, media, law, and social sector
  • Deadline: November 29th, 2020

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) Fellowship

  • Duration: 12 months
  • 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: November 15th, 2020

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
  • Format: Fellows will conduct research related to Indian philanthropy and giving trends, attending monthly calls, and participating in three online workshops to develop your skills in background research, literature review, data collection methods, analysis, and writing; 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 10th, 2020

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-Aprtil

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

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

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)
  • Deadline: None

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 2020

Global Changemaker Fellowship

  • Duration: 10 months
  • Eligibility: Should be between the ages of 13-30 years
  • Format: Fellows will attend three training camps throughout the year and have weekly assignments
  • Deadline: March 31st, 2021

The Gender Lab Fellowship

  • Duration: 10 months (June-March) full-time
  • Eligibility: 20-25 year old women from India, must be fluent in Hindi
  • Format:
  • Deadline: Applications are open till April 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: None

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

Green Hub Fellowship

  • Duration: Ten months
  • Eligibility: Rural and tribal youth from Central India, should be 18 years and above
  • Format: Two months of training in video and photo documentation followed by eight months of an internship
  • Deadline: April 20th, 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

iCFDR Fellowship

  • Duration: 12 months
  • 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: Indian citizen or Person of Indian origin, bachelor’s degree, access to 4G or WiFi, laptop, and smatphone.
  • Format: Fellows will be trained in writing, digital storytelling, audio and video production, social media practice, and so on.
  • Deadline: April 21st, 2021

India Fellow Program

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Eligibility: 21-28 years of age; Indian citizens, graduate
  • Format: Fellows will spend about 17 months working at grassroots with an organization committed to social change. They will also be a part of 45 days of residential training divided into three parts.
  • Deadline: May 20th, 2021

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 Migration Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Currently pursuing a master’s in economics, public policy, or any social sciences (visit website for detailed requirements).
  • Format: Fellowes will work in the field as a facilitator for financial services, map relevant migrant corridors, and complete case studies for the organisations. Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend of INR 20,000.
  • Deadline: May 2nd, 2021

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, 2020

The Jijivisha Fellowship by Slam Out Loud

  • Duration: 1 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

Kanthari scholarship

  • Duration: 1 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: 3 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

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: Eleven 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: March

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 Rajasthan
  • Deadline: April 25th, 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

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


  • 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

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: April 2020

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

The Quest Fellowship

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

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

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

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, 2020

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, should have a bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Fellows work on rural development projects with experienced nonprofits
  • Deadline: April 30th, 2021

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 supportx
  • 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

Sukhibhava Foundation: 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

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

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

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)
  • Deadline: May 15th 2021

Transforming India Initiative-Reimagine Farmer Enterprises

  • Duration: 12 months
  • 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: March 28th 2021

T Works Fellowship

  • Duration: 12 months
  • 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

UDAAN Fellowship

  • Duration: 12 months
  • 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 Sustainability Fellowship

  • Duration: Three months
  • Eligibility: Resident of Mumbai, should have a working knowledge of English (Hindi and Marathi is preferable), and should be between 18-30 years.
  • Format: Fellows will learn and work with experts specialising in the field and at the end of the fellowship will have to present their work in the form of a report.
  • Deadline: Applications invited on a rolling basis

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

Wipro Educational Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Upto three 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

Yes Foundation Media for Social Change Fellowship

  • Duration: Two 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

Young Leaders in Tech Policy Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • 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 12.7 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: April 2020

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


Amani Institute Social Innovation Management Fellowship

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: A university degree (undergraduate), at least two years of practical experience (either working or volunteering) in the social sector & alignment with Amani Institute’s core values of vision, courage, empathy, changemaking and a global mindset
  • Format: This global programme runs twice a year, with different options: a fully digital version and a blended version that comprises a 3-month foundation online, followed by a 3-month immersion phase in a global hub of social innovation (in São Paulo, Brazil; or Nairobi, Kenya; or Bengaluru, India); fellows can attend and complete the fellowship with a postgraduate certificate in social innovation management even if they are currently working, joining a community of 500+ Amani Fellows from more than 65 countries
  • Deadline: None

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: April 2020

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: October 2020

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: October 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

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

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

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

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

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, 2020

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

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: September 7th, 2020

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

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: November 15th, 2020

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

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: June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Urban Studies International Fellowship

  • Duration: Funding will be provided for a period ranging 3-9 months.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South.
  • Format: Fellow will spend the time writing up their existing research findings into articles or books under the guidance of their chosen mentor.
  • Deadline: April 30th, 2021 (by 23:59 GMT, UK time).

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 students
  • Deadline: None

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, 11.59 PM GMT

Academic fellowships and research grants

Within India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: None


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

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