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Vision India Foundation Fellowship 2018 for emerging leaders in India

Application Deadline: December 31st 2017

VIF Fellowship is a 3-year program in nation-building. It is designed for aspiring public leaders and thinkers to bring an impact. The fellowship enables you to take up careers that bring high impact. Fellows are assigned projects at places like an MP’s office, a municipal corporation, a government department, a policy researcher and similar avenues. In addition, there are projects which the candidates lead independently under constant mentorship.

The fellowship is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience with live projects at a young age. Fellows are provided mentors and financial support to make the most of this experience.

The fellowship helps in building a career that brings the desired change in India. Most of the fellows will be successful in careers like policy entrepreneurship (help leaders and communities around the world to achieve results), entrepreneurship (start for-profit and not-for-profit ventures to scale up impactful ideas and take them to the masses), politics (contest elections, rise up in political parties), bureaucracy (the tried and tested high-impact career), academics (join a university, start a think-tank), and non-profit management (attain leadership roles in existing organizations).


VIF accept people from all educational backgrounds. Shortlisted applicants will demonstrate the ability to pursue the program for three years and successfully build a career. Most selected applicants will have completed at least two years of work experience or a relevant Master’s/Ph.D. degree by May. In rare and exceptional cases, we do accept fellows with lower or no work experience.

VIF also look for the following skills in our fellows:

  • Strong communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Willingness to work in challenging environments
  • Skills relevant to your career objectives

Candidates should also demonstrate specific skills depending on the nature of the project.

Application Stages

Online Application

Stage 1 is an online application. Priority deadline for the application is Sunday, December 31st, 2017. However, fellows are selected on a rolling basis. Please apply at the earliest. Details of the online application are given below.


Candidates clearing the first shortlisted will have a telephonic interview within three weeks of application. Candidates moving to the second shortlist will have an in-person interview on 3rd and 4th February 2018.

Some applicants will have an additional interaction with the project partner such as a public official or the academic mentor. This is so that the official, as well as the candidate, are comfortable with each other.


Candidates who clear the final stage will be informed by 15th February 2018. Candidates on the waitlist will be informed by 15th March.

Selected fellows will have an orientation from 28th March – 1st April 2018 in Mumbai. Training is from 1st June in Delhi and work begins on 1st July.

Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose:

The Statement of Purpose (SoP) is an essay that tells us who you are and what are your plans. The SoP should be between 500-800 words and talk about the following:

    • Past experiences that motivate you for the fellowship and the chosen project(s)
    • How do your career interests align with the program?
    • If not selected for the fellowship, what are your plans for the next few years?


The online application asks for a resume. Your resume should be concise and up-to-date, and should be uploaded in a pdf format.


We ask for a 60-second video where you tell us your vision. Choose an area which you want to influence in the future. It could be a community, a geographical area, a state, an age group, a governance entity, the country, entire world, or anything. In the video, mention the chosen area of influence and your vision for it. For example, you could choose ‘K-12 children’, ‘Urban India’, ‘Judicial System’ etc. as your area and present your vision for your work. A clear identification of the area of influence will help you in the application process. Be futuristic, be bold.

You can record the video through a webcam or smartphone to reduce the size of the video. Once recorded, upload the video to an online repository, such as Google Drive or YouTube, and provide the link on the given space in the application form.


Applicants need to provide the names and contact details of two references. The referees should be able to comment on your professional skills and your commitment to a program like VIF fellowship. Typically, referees are people whom you have known in a professional environment for a significant duration. These could be your professors, office seniors, mentors etc. It will be helpful if you inform the referees before applying that VIF will contact them.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Vision India Foundation Fellowship 2018 

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