The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

Apply through Independent Application Process

Internal Deadline: none - see Program website for deadline, usually February 1

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The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change. Together, Fellows and development sector leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills while sharing their passion and commitment to open new ways of looking at the world – ultimately transforming both the individual and organization.

Alumni of the program are leaders in international development, academia, journalism, business, entrepreneurship, public health, and other fields. Together they represent a collective force for sustaining a long-term agenda dedicated towards change in India.



Applicants must:

• Be a citizen / permanent resident of the United States or citizen of India
• Be between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1, 2017
• Complete an undergraduate degree prior to September 1, 2017

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for a successful Fellow include the following attributes:

• General knowledge of the development field and development issues in India
• Ability to demonstrate a humble appreciation of other cultures and circumstances, and a willingness to acclimate to these differences
• Thoughtful consideration for the role the Fellowship experience will play in their life
• Ability and willingness to independently and creatively find ways to be helpful at their host organization
• Flexibility and adaptability to challenging living and working conditions Indian language skills are not required, but considered a highly valuable asset

Application Procedure

Applications open annually in the Fall for the program cycle the following year (September – June). The application consists of a series of essays and letters of recommendation, which are hosted online. After the application period closes, the applications are reviewed by American India Foundation (AIF) staff, stakeholders, and other development experts in both the United States and India. Applications are graded through a standardized numeric scale; those that meet the criteria advance to the interview process. These candidates will be invited for an initial screening interview held via Skype with AIF staff. A select group of candidates will be invited to a second round of interviews held in person and, finally, successful candidates will be notified.