To be selected as a fellow for 2017-2020, you should complete the online application. Please read the guidelines given below before applying.

Whom are we looking for?

We are looking for young Indians with an unflinching commitment towards nation-building.


We accept people from all educational backgrounds. Shortlisted applicants will demonstrate the ability to pursue the program for three years and successfully build a career. Most selected applicants will have completed at least two years of work experience or a relevant Master’s/Ph.D. degree by May 2017. In rare and exceptional cases, we do accept fellows with lower or no work experience.

We also look for the following skills in our fellows:

  • Strong communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Willingness to work in challenging environments
  • Skills relevant to your career objectives

Candidates should also demonstrate specific skills depending on the nature of the project.

Application Stages

Online Application

Stage 1 is an online application. Priority deadline for the application is January 31st, 2017. However, fellows are selected on a rolling basis. Please apply at the earliest. Details of the online application are given below.


Shortlisted candidates will have an interview (over skype, in-person, or both). Usually, we will take up to 4 weeks after you apply to review the application and invite you to Stage 2. In the past, we have also had campus interviews in the past.

Some applicants will have an additional interaction with the project partner such as a public official. This is so that the official, as well as the candidate, are comfortable with each other.


Candidates who clear the final stage will be informed by 15th March. Candidates on the waitlist will be informed by 15th April.

The selected candidates will report for training in Delhi on 1st June and join the work on 1st July.

Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose:

The Statement of Purpose (SoP) is an essay that tells us who you are and what are your plans. The SoP should be between 500-800 words and talk about the following:

    • Past experiences that motivate you for the fellowship and the chosen project(s)
    • How do your career interests align with the program?
    • If not selected for the fellowship, what are your plans for the next few years?

You should upload the essay in a PDF file with your name typed on the top left. Name the file as firstname-sop.


The online application asks for a resume. Your resume should be concise and up-to-date in a pdf format. Name the file as firstname-resume.


We ask for a 60-second video where you tell us your vision. Choose an area which you want to influence in the future. It could be a community, a geographical area, a state, an age group, a governance entity, the country, entire world, or anything. In the video, mention the chosen area of influence and your vision for it. For example, you could choose ‘K-12 children’, ‘Urban India’, ‘Judicial System’ etc. as your area and present your vision for your work. A clear identification of the area of influence will help you in the application process. Be futuristic, be bold.

You can record the video through a webcam or smartphone to reduce the size of the video. Once recorded, upload the video to an online repository, such as Google Drive or YouTube, and provide the link on the given space in the application form.


Applicants need to provide the names and contact details of two references. The referees should be able to comment on your professional skills and your commitment to a program like VIF fellowship. Typically, referees are people whom you have known in a professional environment for a significant duration. These could be your professors, office seniors, mentors etc. It will be helpful if you inform the referees before applying that VIF will contact them.

Listen to other fellowship candidates sharing their experiences.