What is a VIF Fellowship?

VIF fellowship prepares public leaders. The fellows spend 1 year and extendable up to 3 years with a cohort of like-minded peers and embark on a journey of public leadership. It includes support in the form of mentorship and stipend.

How to apply for VIF Fellowships?

Candidates should apply through our online application.

What is the eligibility for the fellowship?

We accept people from all educational backgrounds. Most selected fellows will have a work experience of two or more years, or a relevant Masters/PhD degree. In rare and exceptional cases, we do shortlist applicants who do not meet these requirements.

I am a student. Can I apply?

Final year students can apply if they are set to complete the degree by May. However, most of our fellows have work experience, or a relevant masters/PhD degree, or both.

Will the fellows be paid anything?

Financial support worth INR 5,00,000/- per year in the form of a monthly sustenance stipend, accommodation facility and performance driven rewards. The break will be as follows.

Food, Accommodation cost- worth ₹15,000 per month

Training component cost- worth ₹5000 per month

Monthly stipend- ₹15,000 per month on hand

Performance driven reward (after successful completion of the Fellowship) ₹1,00,000

When does the fellowship start?

Fellows will report to initial training (at Policy BootCamp) in the month of June, followed by the residency from 1st July.

When does a person become a ‘fellow’?

The certificate of ‘fellow’ is awarded after successful completion of the fellowship.

I am not from India. Can I apply?

Foreign citizens can apply. If the project involves direct work with the government, the selection is contingent on diplomatic relations and security procedures.

What is the duration of a fellowship?

Selected candidates will be engaged full-time for 1 year and it is extendable up to 3 years.

What if I have to leave the fellowship in between?

The program is exciting enough that you won’t think about it. However, if situations do not allow you to continue, you will be relieved.

Some domains say that fellows will do a PhD. What is that?

Fellows with an inclination towards research and academics are encouraged to pursue higher studies. 

May I apply for more than one domain/fellowships?

Yes, The application form allows you to choose up to 2 domains in the order of your preference. Only one such application is allowed.

Who will be my mentor for the domain/fellowship?

Mentors are field experts who will guide you during the project and the fellowship. They will be assigned once the selection process is completed.

Is training a part of the fellowship?

Yes, training is a core component of the fellowship. Fellows are trained through a variety of activities during the fellowship.

Are there specific educational requirements for different projects?

Applicants with relevant education and work experience will have an edge in the selection process. Fellows are provided with regular training to keep up with the desired outcomes.

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