India’s First Nation-Building Program

3 years for change

VIF Fellowship is a 3-year program in nation-building. It is designed for aspiring public leaders and thinkers to bring an impact. The fellowship enables you to take up careers that bring high impact. Fellows are assigned projects at places like an MP’s office, a municipal corporation, a government department, a policy researcher and similar avenues. In addition, there are projects which the candidates lead independently under constant mentorship.

The fellowship is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience with live projects at a young age. Fellows are provided mentors and financial support to make the most of this experience.

What do we expect from the fellows?

– unflinching commitment towards nation-building

– superior intellectual faculty

– ambition to build a successful career

What do we provide to the fellows?

– continued mentorship and financial support

– customized curriculum for career-building

– conducive atmosphere to fulfill aspirations

  • When

    The 3-year fellowship begins in the June of every year. Fellows are selected through an online application or through previous programs at VIF.

  • Where

    The projects involve field work at the respective locations. Different projects have different locations.

Career Paths

The fellowship helps in building a career that brings the desired change in India. Most of the fellows will be successful in careers like policy entrepreneurship (help leaders and communities around the world to achieve results), entrepreneurship (start for-profit and not-for-profit ventures to scale up impactful ideas and take them to the masses), politics (contest elections, rise up in political parties), bureaucracy (the tried and tested high-impact career), academics (join a university, start a think-tank), and non-profit management (attain leadership roles in existing organizations).

Applications are open for the batch of 2017-20. See the projects here.

Listen to other fellowship candidates sharing their experiences.