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

Who are we looking for?

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


We are looking for motivated individuals who have realized their calling in life and can benefit from the support of the program in creating a successful career aligned with nation-building.

The applicant needs to be 18 years or older as on 31st December 2018 (Average age of current VIF Fellows is 27 years)

We accept people from all educational backgrounds. Shortlisted applicants will demonstrate the ability to pursue the program 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. 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

There are 2 deadlines for the online application, Round 1 deadline is on 31st December 2018 and the Round 2 deadline on January 15, 2019. However, fellows are selected on a rolling basis. Please apply at the earliest. Details of the online application are given below.


Candidates clearing the first shortlisted will have a telephonic interview within three weeks of application. Candidates moving to the second shortlist will have an in-person interview on 1st and 2nd week of March 2019.


Candidates who clear the final stage will be informed by 20th March 2019. Candidates on the waitlist will be informed by 30th March 2019.

Selected fellows will have an orientation from 19th April – 21st April 2019 in Mumbai. Training will be in the month of June, 2019 in Delhi and fellowship begins on 1st July, 2019.

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 500-700 words and talk about the following:

  • Past experiences that motivate you for the fellowship and the chosen domain(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?


The online application asks for a resume. Your resume should be concise and up-to-date and should be uploaded in a pdf format.


Please upload your recent photograph


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, email ids 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.