Young India Fellowship 2019 – Benefits, Eligibility, How to Apply

In this blog post, AISEE– a national merit-based scholarship platform that provides the scholarship for engineering and medical scholarships for students in India, gives you complete details about the Young India Fellowship 2019. Find out the eligibility, benefits of scholarship, how to apply, terms and conditions and more.


About Young India Fellowship 2019:

Ashoka University with an aim to help Fellows become well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service is providing Young India Fellowship 2019, a one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies. The Fellowship brings together a group of approximately 300 bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country, and prepares them to become socially committed agents of change. YIF exposes them to a diverse set of subjects and perspectives, delivered by some of the finest teachers and practitioners from India and around the world. Students from all disciplines and areas of study are welcome to YIF – whether they are engineers, designers, commerce graduates, or literature enthusiasts, all are guided towards reaching their full potential.


Young India Fellowship 2019 Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Young India Fellowship, an applicant must: 

  • Be a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline
  • Be 28 years of age or younger as on 31st May 2019
  • Have a strong academic record and extra-curricular engagement
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills


Young India Fellowship 2019 Awards and benefits:

To make it possible for all deserving applicants to avail this opportunity, Young India Fellowship offers need-based scholarships that cover, in full or in part:  

  • Tuition expenses for lectures and workshops 
  • Boarding and lodging
  • Cost of reading and course materials, library subscriptions and shared text-books

Please note: Candidates’ economic backgrounds are thoroughly checked before offering scholarships.

Need-based Scholarships for YIF 2019-20:

  • Merit Scholarship on Tuition – INR 50000
  • 25% Scholarship on Tuition – INR 178750
  • 50% Scholarship on Tuition – INR 357500
  • 75% Scholarship on Tuition – INR 536250
  • Full-Tuition Scholarship – INR 715000
  • Full Scholarship – INR 900000



How to apply for the Young India Fellowship 2019?

Follow the below steps to apply for the Young India Fellowship 2019:

Step 1: Go to the online application link

Step 2: Register as a new user

Step 3: Access your registered email address for log in details and log in to the online application 

Step 4: Fill in your details in the 6 compulsory and 3 optional sections 

Step 5: Review and submit your application 


Young India Fellowship 2019 Selection criteria:

The selection process will be carried out in 3 stages, each one being an elimination stage.

  1. Application Assessment: All applications are reviewed by the selection committee consisting of faculty and executive members of the programme. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance through school and college and their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Their interests and concerns along with their thoughts and motivation for a meaningful life as expressed in their essays are also considered. 
  2. Telephonic Interview: Short-listed candidates are interviewed on the telephone. Candidates will be notified in advance about when the telephonic interview will take place. It is typically a conversation regarding the information that the candidate has mentioned on their application and may include a discussion about their areas of interests. The duration of the interview is usually around 20 minutes. This is an elimination round meaning if selected in this round they move on to the Personal Interview.
  3. Comprehension Test and Personal Interview: On the day of the Personal Interview, candidates will be required to take a comprehension test just before the interview. They will be tested on their reading, understanding, articulation skills and critical thinking ability, not on their knowledge of subject matter. Candidates are interviewed in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. International candidates have the option to interview on Skype. 

The final selection will be based on the cumulative score of all the 3 stages. 


Young India Fellowship 2019 Important dates:

YIF has a rolling admissions process and is split into three rounds. Each round accepts applications within a specified time-frame and selects Fellows from the pool of applications in that round.

The application process for the Class of 2019-20 opens on August 21st, 2018 and will close on March 30th, 2019.     

Round 1:

  • Applications open – 21st August 2018
  • Last date to submit applications – 15th November 2018
  • Interviews – 1st October 2018 – 20th January 2019
  • Final offers to selected candidates – 1st February 2019

Round 2: 

  • Applications open – 16th November 2018                               
  • Last date to submit applications – 5th January 2019
  • Interviews – 26th November 2018 – 20th March 2019
  • Final offers to selected candidates – 1st April 2019

Round 3: 

  • Applications open – 16th January 2019                               
  • The last date to submit applications – 30th March 2019
  • Interviews – 26th January 2019 – 20th May 2019
  • Final offers to selected candidates – 1st June 2019
  • Final offers to waitlisted candidates – 10th June 2019         

Note: The above dates are subject to change



Young India Fellowship 2019 FAQs:

Q. If the medium of instruction in my institution was other than English, am I still eligible for the program?
 Yes, you are eligible. However, you should be able to converse, read and write in English given that the medium of instruction at the YIF is English.

Q. What skills, background, or technical experience do I need to be a Young India Fellow?
 No specific skill, background or technical experience is necessary to be eligible for the Fellowship. The selection committee looks for consistent decent academic performance by an applicant. It also looks for activities carried out by the applicants during school and college, which showcases their excellence at sports, performing or fine arts, science and technology or commitment to social service and helping others. We look for the individual’s ability to work well in a collaborative environment, aptitude for leadership, good communication skills, humility and adaptability.

Q. Does the entire application need to be completed within one session?
 No. You can complete the online application in multiple sessions and have the option to save parts of the application as you proceed.

Q. What kind of training/internship would I be exposed to?
 You will be working on a project based on your liking and background in groups of 3-4 Fellows. The Experiential Learning Module at the YIF complements the academic work with real work experience. The ELM work is supported by a team of coaches who provide essential guidance on gaining experience in research and fieldwork or the development sector; structuring business problems, data-analysis and presentations and training you for interests that lie outside of your expertise. Fellows undertake an eight-month-long engagement with an organisation after completing the first two terms of the programme.

Q. Who will be my mentors?
 The Fellows’ mentors are pioneers and leaders in their fields, who have created new organisations, led multi-national companies as well as reputed academic institutions, or have triggered new ways of thinking. They come from diverse sectors like media, consulting, non-profit, banking, IT etc. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Arunabha Ghosh, Samir Kuckreja, Sagarika Ghose, Adil Zainulbhai, Anita Manwani and Harsh Srivastava are few among the list. 

Q. Are there opportunities to be placed as soon as the course finishes?
 Yes, there are multiple opportunities for every Fellow. However, we do not encourage you to have placements as your prime focus. 

Q. How are Fellows’ placements decided?
 The YIF programme enjoys the support of reputed companies and associations, and of mentors, donors and institutions. It will be an invaluable opportunity to forge relationships for the future and widen your frames of reference. For the Young India Fellow who aspires to a career that is off the beaten track, the Fellowship is committed to helping them build that career. No matter what you wish to do, the Young India Fellowship aspires to be an invaluable launch-pad.

Q. Can I work while the programme is going on?
 No. You cannot be a full-time employee during the one year course of the programme. We do not encourage working even part-time while you are with us as your schedule with us will be very hectic.


Contact details:

University Campus Plot #2, Rajiv Gandhi Education City
Kundli Haryana – 131029
Landline: +91 0130-2300000
Phone: +91 81999 77076 | +91 9958293745

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