Young India Fellowship Programme, Admissions Information For Class Of 2014

YIFP has started the process of identifying potential outstanding candidates for the third batch, classes for which start in May 2013. Designed on the lines of the Rhodes Scholarship, and run in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania.


The Young India Fellowship Programme (YIFP) is a unique holistic, multi-disciplinary programme focused on the Liberal Arts and run in association with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). This one-year residential post-graduate programme brings together a group of bright young men and women from around India with the aim of creating India's n ext batch of socially conscious leaders. Fellows take classes in a range of subject areas that cover anthropology to ethics, life sciences to climate change, art appreciation to entrepreneurship. They are mentored by the most outstanding corporate, civil society and academic leaders in the country.

YIFP is delivered completely free of charge to students and is supported by a network of well-known corporate leaders, social activists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is YIFP's academic partner and has helped design curriculum and provide faculty. The Young India Fellowship Programme is the precursor to Ashoka University, India's first specialist Liberal Arts university, which is under development at Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Sonepat, Haryana.

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This postgraduate programme is open to:
• Fresh undergraduate and postgraduate students
• Students who are in the final year of their undergraduate degree
• Those who have completed their undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree and have worked straight after that for not more than two years
• There is no restriction with respect to the area of specialisation
• There is no restriction with respect to the medium of instruction (English, Hindi, regional language) that the applicant 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 instruction in the programme is English
• All Indian nationals
• Upper age limit is 28 years


Each applicant will be evaluated on a combination of the following criteria:
• Demonstrated talent in the domain of their interest
• Demonstrated passion to learn things beyond the prescribed curriculum
• Good academic record, both at the school and college level
• Involvement and achievement in extra-curricular activities
• Performance in interviews
• Potential to benefit from the Young India Fellowship Programme


Given the unique nature of the programme there is no "one" kind of profile for a Young India Fellow. However, the following points are being presented to give a broad idea of what we look for. A Young India Fellow could be someone who has:
• A deep-rooted ambition to make an impact and a passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications
• The humility to believe that he/she needs to learn more and an appreciation of the limitations of his/her specialised undergraduate degree
• The willingness to think differently and chart a new course
• A demonstrated ability to overcome challenges
• Qualities of integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative and open-mindedness
• An above-average academic record

Applicants must submit a detailed application dossier, from which a group is selected for a telephone or in-person interview.

Submission of detailed application dossier:
Applicants can choose one of the following two ways to get a copy of the application form:
• Apply online by registering himself/herself on the YIFP website
• Download the application form from the YIFP website

The selection process will be carried out in three stages:

1. Assessment on basis of submitted applications: All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee consisting of faculty and executive members of the programme spread across different parts of the world. Hence, it is advisable that you apply online.

2. Telephonic interview: Wherever necessary, applicants will be interviewed on the telephone before being called for an in-person interview.

3. In-person interview: First-round applicants who are short-listed will be interviewed in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore while the 2nd-round applicants shortlisted for interview will be called to New Delhi. There could be multiple rounds of interviews for a candidate, depending on the need for further assessment. At this stage, applicants will also be administered a general ability test to assess their verbal, written and analytical skills.

Final selection will be based on the applicant's successful performance at all of these stages.


The YIFP follows a rolling admission process, split into two rounds. The admission schedule for these two rounds is included here.

Schedule for Class of 2013-14 Admissions:

1. Applications open for 1st round 1st Sept 2012
2. Last date to submit applications for 1st round 15th Nov 2012
3. In-person interviews for 1st-round applicants 15th Dec 2012-15th Jan 2013
4. Applications open for 2nd round 16th Nov 2012
5. Final offers to 1st-round applicants 1st Feb-10th Feb 2013
6. Last date to submit applications for 2nd round 28th Feb 2013
7. In-person interviews for 2nd-round applicants 15th Mar-15th Apr 2013
8. Final offers to applicants interviewed for 2nd round 25th Apr-30th Apr 2013
9. Final offers to wait-listed applicants 5th May-10th May 2013


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About Young India Fellowship

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The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one-year multidisciplinary post-graduate programme in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University

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Young India Fellowship
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