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The Young India Fellowship (YIF) 2020-21

Last date to apply

31 March 2020

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About Young India Fellowship

Young India Fellowship (YIF) invites fresh undergraduates and postgraduates to apply for the fellowship. YIF is Ashoka University's first postgraduate programme and had its first academic session in 2011. It is a one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate programme in Liberal Studies & LeadershipYoung India Fellowship is a fully-funded, residential programme for recent college graduates showing exceptional ability, willingness to learn and leadership potential. It is structured as an eight-semester long, liberal arts and sciences curriculum designed to build multiple perspectives around various important issues.

  • The programme begins for Class of 2020-21 on 15 July 2020
  • The programme is launched in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and its dean co-signs YIF certificates.
  • Young India Fellowship Programme is also privileged to partner with Carleton College and Sciences Po to offer to learn with greater diversity, depth and value at the Fellowship.
  • The university campus is located at Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Kundli (50 km from New Delhi). The YIF programme is co-located at the Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication in Delhi. For the academic session 2020-21, YIF will be selecting 200 fellows.

Young India Fellowship Dates 2020-21


Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Application begins

20 Aug 2019

18 Nov 2019

3 Feb 2020

Last date to submit

17 Nov 2019

2 Feb 2020

31 Mar 2020


15 Sep - 24 Jan 2020

1 Dec - 5 Apr 2020

15 Mar - 25 May 

Final Offers to selected candidates

1-15 Feb 2020

10-15 Apr 2020

27-28 May 2020

Offers to waitlisted candidates



30-31 May 2020

Last Date of admission

    25 June 2020


Young India Fellowship Fee 


Amount (INR)

Tuition Fee


Residence Cost




The average cost of the programme per Fellow is about INR 10 lacs and each student is sponsored fully or partially by a sponsor. Ashoka University’s generous Financial Aid policy has helped support 71% of our Young India Fellows who have received some form of financial grants.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Amount Waived (INR)

25% Waiver on Tuition


50% Waiver on Tuition


75% Waiver on Tuition


100% Waiver on Tuition


100% Waiver on Tuition & Hostel


Young India Fellowship Benefits

  • Tuition expenses for lectures and workshops delivered by the best teachers and experts from around the world.
  • Boarding and lodging expenses.
  • The cost of reading and case materials, library subscriptions and purchase of textbooks.
  • Lifetime access to a network of mentor’s, sponsors and peers.
  • You will get national recognition as a change agent of tomorrow.
  • You will get favourable consideration to pursuing a Masters degree or PhD at UPenn & to pursue any Masters level course at Ashoka University in the future.
  • Young India Fellows will receive a certificate of completion co-signed by IFRE and UPenn.

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

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Young India Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All Indian Nationals 
Class/ Age 28 years of age or less
  • Educational Qualification: Students who are in the final year of their undergraduate and postgraduate degree (any discipline) from a recognised college of India.
    • Students who have completed their undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree and have worked straight after that for not more than three years.
  • Language: Students who have received education through any medium of instruction. However, she/he should be able to converse, read and write in English.
  • Age: Maximum 28 years of age as on 15 July 2020. (Candidates born on or after 15 July 1992 can apply)
  • Related Subjects: Students with specialisation in any subject/discipline can apply for young India Fellowship.

A Young India Fellow could be someone who has

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

Young India Fellowship Application form and Process

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

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

Click here to Apply Online


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


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

Young India Fellowship Selection Process

YIF Selection Process

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

The selection process will be carried out in three stages:

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

Young India Fellowship Telephonic Interview Dates

Rounds Dates
Round 1: Telephonic Interview 15 September 2019 - 24 January 2020
Round 2: Telephonic Interview 1 December 2019 - 5 April 2020

Round 3: Telephonic Interview

15 March 2020 – 25 May 2020


Young India Fellowship Personal Interview

Rounds Dates
Round 1: Personal Interview -
Round 2: Personal Interview -


In-Person Interview

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

Documents to be carried on the day of YIF Interview

  1. Photograph
  2. Passport or any other identity proof.
  3. Mark sheets
  4. Original Graduation document/or one original document to be submitted in person during final registration.

There could be multiple rounds of interviews for a candidate, depending on the need for further assessment. At this stage, applicants will also be administered a general ability test to assess the verbal, written and analytical skills.

Final selection for the Young India Fellowship will be based on the applicant’s successful performance at all of these stages. 

Young India Fellowship (YIF) 
It grooms young women and men to lead India, bringing together 100 emerging leaders from around the country in a one-year residential post-graduate programme and launches them on their leadership journey by opening their mind to a rich and diverse set of subjects and perspectives, delivered by some of the finest teachers from around the world.

Previous Year Highlights

Class  Number of Fellows
Class of 2012 58 Fellows
Class of 2013 97 Fellows
Class of 2014 100 Fellows
Class of 2015 200 Fellows

YIF will catalyse growth and development as one of India’s young leaders with an exciting one-year immersion in a world-class learning environment.

Young India Fellowship Contact Details

Young India Fellowship,
Ashoka University,
Plot #2 Rajeev Gandhi Education City,
Kundli, Haryana -131028

Sri Aurobindo Society Campus,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
Adhchini, New Delhi - 110017, India

Phone: +91 011 6565 2643 , +91 9958293745 
Email: admissions@yifp.in (For Admission Queries)
Email:info@yifp.in (For any other queries), yifadmissions@ashoka.edu.in

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