Applications invited for Young India Fellowship

YIF invites applications for the first cohort of the new decade with a focus on preparing leaders and change makers for the post-pandemic era

New Delhi, February 20

Ashoka University is seeking applications for the second and final round of the eleventh cohort of its flagship program, the Young India Fellowship (YIF). The aspirants can apply till April 12, 2021.

Started in 2011, the Young India Fellowship (YIF) grooms socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century. A fully residential one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, it exposes Fellows to multiple academic and professional avenues within a year.

All interested individuals are required to complete an online application. Applications are evaluated holistically and shortlisted for an online writing test and a personal interview. Shortlisted candidates also get an opportunity to apply for financial aid. There are relaxations on document submissions at the time of applying, and the entire admission process will be online, to ensure social distancing and safety in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Candidates who have a recognized undergraduate degree in any discipline (can be final-year students at the time of application), and are no more than 28 years of age on 1st August 2021 are eligible to apply. Candidates may have work experience and / or postgraduate degree, and can be from any academic or professional background.

Highlighting the course, Aniha Brar, Dean, The Young India Fellowship, said “The YIF came into the higher education landscape a decade ago as an unprecedented offering. The program was built around an exceptional cohort, great faculty, and an emphasis on writing, critical thinking and real-world projects. The strength of the YIF lies in not resting on its legacy, but always reinventing itself to remain an outstanding offering at Ashoka University. ”

Ashoka University provides a need-based Financial Aid program for selected candidates. It aims to provide necessary financial support to bridge the gap between the cost of the program and their ability to pay. Need based aid will be offered in the form of fee waivers, ranging from 25% relaxation on tuition to 100% of the entire fee including residence and meals.

For the past decade, the Young India Fellowship (YIF) at Ashoka University has been training students in the study of Liberal Arts and Sciences, exposing them to new ways of problem solving and thinking, preparing them to be ready for impactful careers. With an ever diversifying set of faculty members from Harvard, Yale, ISB, University of Delhi, among others, the Fellowship opens its doors to 200 students this year.

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