First Round of Applications to Close on November 15th Young India Fellowship – Ashoka University Admissions


New Delhi: The Young India Fellowship (YIF), a one-year postgraduate programme in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University, invites applications for the class of 2019-20. Launched in 2011, this unique programme has become one of the most sought-after programmes in India, fostering academic, social and business leaders of tomorrow through a multidisciplinary liberal education.

Admission Process and Dates:

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of a thorough application evaluation, a telephonic interview and a final round of a written comprehension test and an interview.

The admission process is split into three phases. The first phase of application submissions will close on 15th November 2018.

Interested applicants can apply online on

Candidates, who are shortlisted after application assessment, will be interviewed over the telephone about the information furnished on their application. The last stage would include a comprehension test followed by a personal interview. Final selection will be based on the cumulative score of all the three rounds. The final offers to selected candidates for the first round will be declared on 1st February 2019, for the second round on 1st April 2019 and for the third round on 10th June 2019.

YIF offers full and partial scholarships to successful applicants and there is no fee for applying to the programme.

The strength of the cohort has seen substantial growth in the last eight years, with an increase in the number of applicants every year. Starting with 57 Fellows in 2011, the present batch has 290 Fellows from diverse academic fields such as Engineering, Medicine, Humanities, Sciences, Business and Law.


The YIF programme is open to:

Those with a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree
Those who are no more than 28 years of age on 31st May, 2019
Financial Aid and Scholarships:

The Young India Fellowship attracts applicants from all social or economic strata. To make it possible for all deserving applicants to avail this opportunity, Young India Fellowship offers need-based financial aid on tuition and hostel that cover, in full or in part. In addition to the financial aid options already available, this year the YIF will also offer the option of deferred fee payment in exceptional cases.

With an objective of providing world class education, the programme is delivered in collaboration with some of the most reputed names across the globe, such as University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Carleton College, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, King’s College London, Trinity College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris, Yale University and Wellesley College.

The Young India Fellowship exposes Fellows to a diverse set of subjects and perspectives, delivered by some of the finest teachers and practitioners from India and around the world. Some of the areas of study include Sociology, Economics, Statistics, Philosophy, Art, History, Literature, Business, Leadership, Group Dynamics, International Relations, Writing and Visual Communication. In addition to our outstanding faculty from top global institutions, Fellows are also exposed to an extremely diverse peer group in a multidisciplinary environment.

About the Young India Fellowship Programme:

The Young India Fellowship now forays into its ninth year and has rapidly become one of the most sought-after programmes in India. The one-year multidisciplinary courses that the Fellows study at YIF, complemented by the Experiential Learning Module (ELM) allow them to think critically from various perspectives and skills to apply this understanding in the workplace. We help them become problem-solvers with the ability to identify challenges, grasp the bigger picture and effectively communicate clear and concise solutions. YIF alumni are making their mark in some of the top organisations across public, private and social sectors. They can be found at leading multinationals such as BCG, The Gates Foundation, McKinsey, Microsoft, STAR TV, TIME Magazine, and the World Bank. In India, acclaimed organisations like Avendus Capital, Cipla, Genpact, Goonj and Teach for India count Ashoka alumni among their ranks. Those interested in furthering their education have gone on to premier global research universities like Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford and Yale, and been awarded prestigious scholarships, such as the Chevening, Commonwealth, Fulbright and Rhodes Scholarships.

In 2018, we had over 165 organizations which participated in Ashoka’s career development programme. More than 175 jobs were offered to Fellows across sectors such as Consulting, IT, BPO, Media, Education, HR, the Social Sector and Banking. Leading organizations such as McKinsey & Company, Star TV, Genpact, Zomato, BCG, Deloitte, Bain & Company, KPMG, Quality Council of India, Central Square Foundation, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, BloombergQuint, TATA Trusts, NSDC, RBS, Viacom, and many others recruited from the YIF.

The YIF alumni network is presently 1125 in number.

About Ashoka University:

Ashoka University is India’s leading liberal arts and sciences University located in Sonepat, Haryana. Our students, drawn from over 25 states and 77 cities in India as well as 17 other countries, receive a world-class interdisciplinary education led by a global, internationally renowned faculty. The Ashoka campus, spread across 25 acres, is fully residential and provides modern amenities, state-of-the-art sports facilities, an exhaustive library and several student societies and bodies to encourage expression and self-discovery. Ashoka has also developed eight Centres of Excellence to encourage academic and research collaborations and create societal impact.