Young India fellowship

The Young India Fellowship
An IFRE initiative in partnership with University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)



The program is open to:

All students who are in the final year of their undergraduate degree
All students who have completed their under graduate degree and worked not more than 2 years.
There is no restriction with respect to the area of specialisation at the undergraduate level.
There is no restriction with respect to the medium of instruction (English, Hindi, regional language) that the student has been exposed to at the school level. However, she/he should be able to converse (read and write) in English given that the medium of YIF is English.
There is no restriction whatsoever with respect caste, colour or creed.

It must be noted that the YIF selection committee will award special preference to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds given a common standard of merit defined for admission in the program.

Typical profile

Given the unique nature of the program there is no “one” kind of expected profile of a Young India Fellow. However, the following points are being presented to give a broad idea of what we are looking for. A Young India Fellow could be someone who has:

A deep rooted ambition to make an impact and passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications
The humility to believe that she needs to learn more and appreciates the limitation of her specialised undergraduate degree
The willingness to take risk, think differently and willing to charter a new course
Demonstrated an ability to overcome challenges
Qualities of impeccable integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative and open mindedness as essential traits of her personality
An above average academic record – that establishes her ability to grasp concepts and apply
Got limited opportunity for availing world-class education due to economic reasons

Selection Process

The Young India Fellowship is committed to its vision of “identifying and nurturing change agents……..”. In order to identify such change agents of tomorrow a three step application process has been created to understand as much as possible about the applicants profile and interests. The Selection Committee will expect full cooperation from the applicant across all the three stages of application review:

Submission of detailed application dossier: The applicant will have to fill in a comprehensive application form which will include details about her personal and academic records, extra-curricular activities, achievements, family background, professional experience and essays. You could either submit the application in hard copy (by taking it directly from the YIF office or downloading it from the YIF website) or submit it online by registering yourself on the YIF website (
The application will also need to be supported by two recommendations from people who have known you either in an academic or professional context.

The application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee comprising of faculty and executive members of the program spread across different parts of the world. Hence, it is advisable that you apply online.

Telephonic Interview: Candidates who are short-listed based on the application will have to participate in a telephonic interview with a member of the Selection Committee.
In person Interview and test: Applicants who are short-listed based on the telephonic interview will be called to New Delhi for an in-person interview with the Selection Committee. There could be multiple rounds of interviews for a candidate, depending on the need for further assessment.
At this stage students will also be administered a general ability test to assess their verbal, written and analytical skills. The test will not be the critical criteria in isolation and the final selection at this stage will be based on a combined score on the in-person interview and test score.
Selection Criteria

There is no singular selection criterion for qualifying as a Young India Fellow. Each of the students selected will be evaluated on a combination of the following criteria:

Passion and desire to learn
Demonstrated talent in the domain of their interest
Potential to benefit from the Young India Fellowship
Past academic record, both at the school and college level
Involvement and achievement in extra-curricular activities
Performance in interviews, tests and
Economic background
Award of Scholarship:

After the selection of the batch the profile of these candidates will be evaluated by the sponsors of the program for award of the Fellowship in their preferred name to the student e.g. a selected candidate by the name of Rahul will be awarded a ChrysCapital Fellow or Ashish Dhawan Fellow if Mr. Ashish Dhawan (Senior MD, ChrysCapital and sponsor of the program) wants to bestow the Fellowship on him.

Given that we have fifty sponsors for fifty Fellows, each student will have a name associated with the Fellowship that he/she will be awarded.


The deadlines for the class entering in May, 2011 are as follows:

SN Activity Deadline
1 Last date for submission of application 30-Mar-2011 - by 12:00 noon, IST
2 Telephonic interviews: 5-Apr-2011 to 15-Apr-2011
3 In person interviews and tests 15-Apr-2011 to 25-Apr-2011
4 Final offer of admission 30-Apr-2011
5 Start of classes Monday, 30-May-2011