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YIF Admissions Overview

The YIF Class of 2021-22 will comprise approximately 200 bright and curious young individuals from India and abroad, who will be handpicked through a rigorous and holistic selection process. They will be groomed over a year of residential multidisciplinary education and multidimensional learning at Ashoka University, following which they will belong to a global community of emerging leaders and change makers for the 21st century. 


Fellows receive a post-graduate diploma in liberal studies from Ashoka University upon graduating (completing all required credits).


There is no application fee for the YIF.  Applications for the Class of 2021-22 are closed, and will reopen around September 2021 for the Class of 2022-23. 


Eligibility: Class of 2021-22

The following is the minimum eligibility criteria for application to the YIF Class of 2021-22:

(1) Have a recognised undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline (you may be a final year student at the time of application).
(2) Be no more than 28 years of age on 1st August, 2021 (candidates born on or after 1st August, 1993 may apply)

Note: Applicants may have work experience and/or a postgraduate credential. Academic and professional backgrounds of applicants can be from any discipline. 

What We Look For

There is no typical profile of a Young India Fellow. The following attributes should give you a broad sense of what we look for: 

  • Intellectual Curiosity
    We are looking for individuals who are on a quest for knowledge and seeking a holistic educational experience. Our ideal candidate is committed to all aspects of the programme and actively contributes towards a thriving peer learning community. 

  • Passion and Self-Awareness
    We look for Fellows who are passionate about exploring their true potential and have a drive to reach for the stars. We also look for self awareness and humility to believe that they need to learn more, with a commitment to lifelong learning.

  • Potential for Impactful Leadership
    Our Fellows need to not only have demonstrated ability to overcome challenges but also have a deep-rooted drive to solve problems and make an impact on society. We look for qualities of integrity, initiative and open-mindedness along with a demonstrated track record of meaningful engagement with work, study or areas of interest.

Please visit the peer learning section to learn about the 10th Cohort of the YIF. 


The Young India Fellowship is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We do not discriminate between applicants on the basis of ability, religion, caste, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, interests, or points of view. We aspire to build and sustain a learning community in which all students feel that they belong.

WATCH: What do we look for in a Young India Fellow?

Application Overview

The online YIF application form is designed to be a reflective process, and helps the selection committee understand your candidature holistically. While one may be able to complete the entire application in a few hours, we recommend spacing your time towards the application over a few days, such that you are able to reflect on your journey and are in a position to submit an application that you believe represents you well. 

The online application form has the following sections, not all parts are mandatory: 

(1) Personal Information
(2) Academic Information
(3) Professional Information (Optional)
(4) Non-Academic Engagement
(5) Essay Questions
(6) Survey
(7) Support at Ashoka (Optional)
(8) Letter of Recommendation


Please note: 
Uploading of most documents and certificates is optional at the time of application submission. Only a photograph and a government ID are mandatory during submission. However, documents are required at a later stage in the selection process. We typically request for documents to be submitted mandatorily if shortlisted for the writing test and interview. 
(B) RECOMMENDATION: Submission of the Letter of Recommendation (LoR) is not mandatory at the time of application submission. However, it is mandatory to register your Recommender. Recommenders will have 14 days, from the time of being registered, to submit their LoR. 



For any questions, please write to or sign up for any upcoming sessions with the Office of Admissions.