Applications invited for the 2021-22 AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship (formerly: William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India)

Applications invited for the 2021-22 AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship (formerly: William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India)

Organization: American India Foundation

Apply By: 17 May 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship (formerly: William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India)


AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is now the AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship

For 20 years, AIF has been sending a cohort of dedicated young people on a journey of service for impact, building a “living bridge” between India and the US. At the cusp of the program’s third decade, AIF is seizing the moment to rebrand the program to reflect the mission, vision, and values moving into the next decade of action. We are thrilled to announce that the AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship is now the AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship.

Affirming that we are the generation to end extreme poverty, combat climate change, and conquer injustice, the Banyan Impact Fellowship build upon the past 20 years and lead for the next 20 as a true catalyst for change.The Banyan Tree is a symbol of strength, resilience, and interconnectedness. We believe that it serves as a powerful metaphor for mobilizing a collective, cross-generational force towards sustainable impact. The process of the Banyan Tree spreading its roots, which over the course of time become trees of their own, is such a strong representation of how we want to see this program growing. Each step, each effort, and each individual becoming an agent of positive change, coming together as an ecosystem to support and amplify each other’s impact.

The Banyan Impact Fellowship is an interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals from India and the U.S. in service with communities across India. Through collaboration and capacity-building, Fellows and local communities exchange knowledge and skills to steer projects that advance social and economic development. Fellows learn about grassroots development and inclusive leadership. We encourage young change makers who are passionate about social impact and ready to get to work to apply for this year’s inaugural cohort.



The American India Foundation (AIF) is dedicated to catalyzing social and economic change in India and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. AIF is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with non-government organizations (NGOs) to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 in the aftermath of the devastating Gujarat earthquake by the Indian diaspora in the U.S., AIF has impacted the lives of 6.7 million of India’s poor. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF is transforming lives across 26 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at www.aif.org


November 1, 2021 – July 2, 2022.* 

*AIF is planning for the program to be hosted in person, however reserves the right to change it to a hybrid model (i.e., a mix of in-person and virtual) if the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires it.


The Fellowship recruits consist of young professionals from India and the U.S., between 21 and 35 years of age, with remarkably diverse professional and personal backgrounds, who bring a passion for community based development. AIF selects, trains, and places these individuals directly with partnering implementation organizations across India. Fellows serve through contributing their efforts and skills to developing ongoing initiatives, as well as strategizing new projects for the host organizations. To review previous Fellow bios and placements, please check www.aif.org/fellowship/fellows. 


  • U.S. citizen, Indian citizen, or U.S. permanent resident
  • Between 21-35 years old on November 1, 2021
  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) by November 1, 2021


  • Professional growth through service, fieldwork, and conferences in a cohort model
  • Matching, training,mentoring, and professional development through AIF
  • Monthly living stipend; round-trip airfare; program-related travel in India
  • Health and accident insurance; 24/7 emergency, medical and travel support; access to certified Fellowship counselor
  • Visa support (for U.S. applicants)
  • Basic language training (if required)
  • Access to professional development resources during and after the program
  • Access to network of 500+ Alumni worldwide


The scope of development sector work is vast and requires a diversity of skill sets, qualifications, and interests. This reality is reflected in the interdisciplinary Fellowship cohort AIF recruits. We seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds and fields. Whether you have a background in performing arts, biology, computer science, fundraising, engineering, medicine, teaching, communications, social work, finance, consulting or any other discipline and feel drawn to our mission, we strongly encourage you to apply! Whether you are a mid-level professional in a specialized field looking for on-the-ground exposure, whether you plan for a career change, whether you’re eager to take a professional gap year to challenge yourself in new ways, or whether you have just graduated and are ready to “dive right in” – this program may be the right fit for you.


Curious who you might be placed with? AIF's partner organizations for the Fellowship represent a variety of NGOs and social enterprises who share our mission, vision, and values in improving the conditions of India's most marginalized communities. Generally 60% of host organizations are returning partners and 40% are new partners. Our partners are direct implementation organizations that have a registered office in India and go through a selection process including a written application, an interview, and an evaluation visit. Only organizations putting forth applications that demonstrate a robust project with clear deliverables and goals, as well as a sound sustainability plan post-Fellowship, will be given the opportunity to host a Fellow. AIF supports partner organizations through training and resources during the entire Fellowship period.


May 17th 2021 11:59 PM (EDT)


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Please find answers here first before contacting AIF. If you require any support with the application, email fellowship@aif.org. Please enter the subject line, "Applying as an AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship." Given the volume of emails we receive, please be mindful that replies may take longer than usual.



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