American India Foundation Clinton Fellowship

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The AIF Clinton Fellowship is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, technology and innovation, and public health.  Fellows serve from September to July with development organizations across India.

Benefits: 

For U.S. Fellows, AIF provides a roundtrip ticket from their point of origin to India, along with insurance coverage and a monthly living stipend. The stipend covers basic living expenses such as rent, meals and incidentals, and local transportation related to a Fellows’ project. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

Candidates must...

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1 of the grant year
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree before the start of the program 
Award Requirements: 

Fluency in English is required. All Fellows are expected to complete the full ten months of service, while upholding basic values and principles of trust, honesty, and integrity. Fellows are expected to embrace and engage with multiple challenges, and take a lot of initiative in the structuring and completion of their projects. Fellows must abide by host organization work calendars and work complete workweeks in accordance with organizational policy and procedure, which commonly involves working Saturdays.  The AIF Clinton Fellowshp website lists all expectations.

Selection Criteria: 

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 show a potential for leadership and are entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions and navigating unknown environments.

Candidates must be flexible and adaptable, and possess exceptional ability to build meaningful relationships across cultures in the social development space. A sensitivity and ability to work with vulnerable communities, as well as the humility and passion to “learn by doing” is essential.

Although proficiency in an Indian language is not required to apply, it is highly desirable. The full FAQ can be found here: https://aif.org/fellowship/faq/#collapse103

Application Process: 

The AIF Clinton Fellowship is highly competitive, with a selection rate of approximately 7%. The selection process takes place between January and April, with in-person interviews being conducted in March. 

After review of online applications, selected applicants will be longlisted, and invited for in-person interviews. Interviews will be held in select locations in the United States and India. After the completion of interviews, AIF will notifythe shortlist for the Fellowship and open the project application portal. Finalists on the shortlist have the opportunity to apply for up to threeprojects with AIF partner organizations. AIF and its partner organizations will interview candidates for each position, and will make final Fellowship offers based on the best possible matches for the project. Once the matching process is complete, and the candidate offered a position with a project, they will officiallybe admitted into the Fellowship program in April.