The American India Foundation (AIF) is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org.
About The Fellowship
AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, interdisciplinary, experiential leaning program that places young professionals in service with development organizations in India. AIF selects, trains, and supports Fellows through professional development and mentoring during their ten months of service. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health. Through collaboration and capacity-building, Fellows and local communities form dynamic partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills, and share a mutual passion for advancing social and economic development. Fellows support AIF’s partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability by meeting their human resource and organizational needs. Responsibilities vary based on the needs of the host organizations, project goals, and a Fellow’s skill sets. Fellows serve through contributing their efforts and skills to developing ongoing initiatives, as well as strategizing new projects. To review previous projects, please read here. The program is fully funded. AIF provides Fellows with a living stipend, health insurance, professional development, and programmatic benefits to enable their service. All program related travel from their home to the Fellowship site as well as to programmatic conferences is covered by AIF. Selection of Fellows includes a written application and an in-person interview, followed by matching with potential partner organizations through a project portal.
September 1, 2020 – July 2, 2021
Fellowship applicants must:
- Be a U.S. or Indian citizen, or a U.S. permanent resident;
- Be between 21 and 34 years of age by September 1, 2020;
- Have completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher by September 1, 2020.
We seek Fellowship applicants from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and personally, to join the interdisciplinary cohort. Candidates should demonstrate a deep interest, passion, and commitment to social and economic development in India. Candidates must show humility and an eagerness to learn within a cross-cultural context. Ideal candidates possess strong professional skills, relevant volunteer or other practical experience, and applicable academic credentials or training. They demonstrate a strong commitment to service and are entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions in under-resourced organizational environments.
Who Are The Host Organizations?
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 10-month 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 10-month Fellowship period.
AIF will begin reviewing applications after the deadline on January 20, 2020. Candidates who pass the written application stages will be notified by the end of March if they are invited for an in-person interview in April. AIF hosts in-person interviews in the U.S. and India only; candidates are expected to travel to the nearest location if considered. Candidates who are short-listed after the in-person interviews will be invited for matching with potential host organizations through AIF's project portal in May. AIF will make the final offers to Fellows in June. July and August will be spent in pre-program preparations, including securing of visa for U.S. Fellows. Fellows will depart for Orientation in Delhi at the end of August. Exact dates vary and will be announced with candidates during the selection process.
Watch this video to learn more about the application process! More questions? Find answers here first before contacting AIF. If you require any support with the application, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please enter the subject line, "Applying as an AIF Clinton Fellow." Given the volume of emails we receive, please be mindful that replies may take longer than usual.