Fellowship travel programs in India

Travel to make a difference – This is a list of all fellowships in India that offer a way to work on social and community based projects.

Travel to make a difference – This is a list of all fellowships in India that offer a way to work on social and community based projects.


Fellowship travel is designed, mainly for students and young working professionals, as a way to travel, join a structured programme and work on the ground with local communities. Given below is a list of fellowships that are offered currently in India.


Name Duration Sector Eligibility Source Link
The Commutiny: Learning and Leadership Yearlong Leadership in the social change industry, for programs that already have started. 18-35 years http://www.commutiny.in/
Indicorps One to two years, depending on the project you are applying for Grassroots service Fellowships – community development through various mechanisms
  • Indian Citizens or of Indian origin.
  • A minimum of a university degree or 5 years equivalent work experience.
  • English fluency.
  • Be in line with the organization’s philosophy.


Gandhi Fellowship   2 years  Classroom leadership, rural/slum immersion, self exploration, skill building, research, leadership development http://www.gandhifellowship.org/
Villgro fellowship Yearlong (September to September) – apply by 20th May 2012. Rural social entrepreneurship.
  • Professional with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in Strategic planning, Finance and accounts, Human resources, Sales and marketing, Design and Operations, etc.
LGT Venture Philanthropy Fellowship 11 months (February to January) – apply by 23rd July Provide professional know how and financial and social capital aid to its portfolio organizations.
  • Undergraduate degree
  • International work experience
  • Two years of relevant experience


Deshpande Fellowship Program 6 months  – deadline, April. Experience with social innovation
  • Are between 21-28 years of age (preferred)
  • Have earned a graduate or post-graduate degree
  • Have at least 1 year work experience in the development sector (however, fresher’s with exceptional passion are also encouraged to apply!)
  • Women are encouraged to apply
Grassroutes Fellowship 30 days in the late summer  eg, June 2011 – Applications due by March Travel fellowship across rural India
  • Indian nationals between the ages of 18 and 25
Youth Alliance Gramya Manthan  The program has concluded for this year. It started on June 16, 2012 and end on June 24, 2012.  Leadership sessions with people who have pioneered solutions for rural India; interaction with local authorities in order to understand the problems in a better way and what stops in execution of potentially great policies. http://youthallianceofindia.org/gramya-manthan/program-structure/
Swades ki Khoj Rural Internship Program One year, starting at the end of June Supporting welfare programs in rural India
  • Graduates
  • Under the age of 28
Youth Venture Fellows nominated, an ongoing process. Incubates social innovation https://www.ashoka.org/support/criteria http://www.youthventureindia.net/
Teach for India Two years. Application at the end of August Classroom leadership
  • Indian citizenship or origin
  • Students or professionals with a Bachelor’s degree
  • English communication skills.
Young India Fellowship Yearlong, runs May to May – applications in batches. Academic liberal arts-style learning experience for leadership
  • Fresh undergraduate or post graduate students, or students who have been working for not more than two years.
  • Students in the final year of their undergraduate degree.
  • All Indian Nationals
Youth for India One year, starting March – applications due in December Support for NGO’s working on developmental projects in rural India
  • Young professionals and fresh graduates
  • Between the ages of 25 and 31
  • Indian Citizens
Ford Foundation  Fellowship program No longer accepting new applicants http://www.ifpsa.org/
Piramal fellowship Two year program Leadership in the social innovation landscape – working with partner organizations
  • University degree and two years of work experience (minimum)
  • Eligible to work in India
The New India foundation Yearlong – applications in the second half of the year Only requirement is that a book or some other sort of literature be published in the end.
  • Indian nationals, regardless of place of residence.
  • Either young or experienced.
Jagriti Yatra An annual 15-18 day long trip, in December-January. Application due in June A trip to inspire job seekers to become job creators
  • Between ages of 20 and 25
  • Can communicate in either Hindi or English
Foundation for Social Transformation Yearlong Various thematic areas focused on North East India Based solely on proposal and personal history. http://www.fstindia.org/content/individual-fellowship-program
Indian Council of Social Science Research Maximum of 2 years – for academic professionals only For academic professionals focused on different social science disciplines Depends on the kind of fellowship applied for – check website for details http://www.icssr.org/fellowships/fello_main.htm
Pravah Youth for Development  Unspecified Rural Development Indian resident between the age of 18 – 27 and basic knowledge of Hindi and English http://www.pravah.org/content/YFD
William J. Clinton Fellowship Application deadline – February.Applications come out in fall, due by February 10th. 10 month fellowship, starting September.
  • A citizen/permanent resident of the US, or a citizen of India
  • Between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1st, 2013.
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree prior to September 1st, 2013.
WHO fellowship programme Twice a year, summer and winter. Maximum of 24 weeks. Followed by 1-3 years of service. Strengthening international healthcare infrastructure.
  • Security clearance


Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Two year program. Applications end in January, Program begins in April. Building perspectives on educational issues
  • Professional of at least two years’ experience and a graduate degree – particularly education and professional backgrounds.
Acumen fund Yearlong program. International fellowships; nature depends on individual project’s portfolio
  • 3-7 years work experience, with a history of leadership and management responsibilities/


If you know of additional ones, do write to us with a list at editor@thealternative.in


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