Are you a U.S. or Indian citizen with deep interest, passion, and commitment to social and economic development in India? Then you should apply for the American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship 2021.

Fellows learn about grassroots development and inclusive leadership. They encourage young change-makers who are passionate about social impact and ready to get to work to apply for this year’s inaugural cohort.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021 


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  • For U.S. Fellows, AIF provides a roundtrip ticket from their point of origin to India, along with insurance coverage, emergency support, and a monthly living stipend.
  • For Indian Fellows, AIF provides domestic travel from their hometowns in India, insurance coverage, emergency support, and a monthly living stipend.

N.B: The stipend is not a salary, but a living allowance designed to enable Fellows to volunteer in India. The stipend covers basic living expenses such as rent, meals and incidentals, and local transportation-related to a Fellow’s project


The opportunity is open to :

  • U.S. or Indian citizens.

Requirements/Specifications/Terms and Conditions

Candidates must: 

  • Be a U.S. or Indian citizen, or a U.S. permanent resident
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 35 on November 1, 2021
  • Have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) before the start of the program on November 1, 2021.
  • Be fluent in English. 

Fellows are expected to complete the following during their service in India:

  • Meeting or exceeding expectations of the Fellowship, including upholding their commitment to AIF and their host organization
  • Participation at Orientation, Midpoint, and Endpoint, and other program related events
  • Adherence to the policies and agreements between Fellow, AIF and partner organizations
  • Full completion of the Fellowship program
  • Timely submission of monthly and quarterly reports and other program deliverables
  • Contribution of regular posts on the AIF Blog
  • Prompt settlement of finances and logistical items throughout the Fellowship
  • Completion of end of service documents and presentations

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About the American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship

For 20 years the American India Foundation (AIF) has been sending a cohort of dedicated young people on the journey of a lifetime. A journey that makes as profound an impact on the people they work with and learn from, as it does on themselves. In these decades, an exchange has been happening between the people of the world’s largest democracies in order to foster civic engagement and forward positive change on all who take part in it.

What started in 2001 as the AIF Service Corps for young Americans to work in India on disaster relief and long-term rehabilitation grew in its impact and footprint. In 2009 the program was renamed the AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India in recognition of the former president’s role in creating AIF. As the program grew, it also took another large step in 2011 to include cohorts from both the US and India working in tandem to create a binational force for good. The tenets that helped form AIF, the deep ties between these nations, are what underpin the fellowship: US-India civic diplomacy to create a “living bridge” and a lasting partnership for positive change.

Today we introduce the AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship. 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 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 new logo brings these elements together in a simple, compelling way. The “Banyan” for its biological, cultural, and historical connection to the Indian subcontinent as well as the deep roots and large protective canopy the tree is a powerful metaphor for a resilient ecosystem that grows stronger across generations. “Impact” because our mission is to solve our most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges of the coming decades.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application Deadline is April 30, 2021 

The application is a highly competitive, multi-stage process consisting of an online application, an in-person interview, and a competitive matching process for short-listed candidates. 

Review this video for a step-by-step guide from the previous cycle.

Interviews will be hosted virtually only

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