AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India: Learning about Grassroots Development and Inclusive Leadership in India

Oct 28, 2019 • Views -

American Indian Foundation

Sponsored by the American India Foundation

As we collectively strive for a more equitable society in our globalizing world, the importance of successful collaboration across differences grows every day. The United States and India share deep historic ties of partnership and collaboration, which has benefited communities in both countries. AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive and interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals in service with development organizations in India. AIF selects, trains, and supports Fellows through professional development and mentoring during their 10 months of service. In partnership with local communities, Fellows learn about inclusive leadership in poverty reduction through fieldwork and collaboration. The program is fully funded and operated by the American India Foundation (AIF).

Fellows support AIF’s partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability, whether in an office setting or out in the field, or a mix of both. Fellows and local communities form dynamic cross-cultural partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills, build capacity, and foster learning to fulfill our joint commitment to improve the lives of India’s most marginalized communities.

Program Dates:

September 1, 2020 – July 2, 2021

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India


  • U.S. citizen, Indian citizen, or U.S. permanent resident
  • Between 21-34 years old on September 1, 2020
  • Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) by September 1, 2020


  • Professional growth through service and fieldwork in highly competitive program
  • Placements in the fields of education, livelihoods (job training & workplace readiness), and public health
  • Matching, training, mentoring, and professional development through AIF
  • Monthly living stipend; round-trip airfare; program-related travel in India
  • Program and thematic conferences organized by AIF
  • Health and accident insurance; 24/7 emergency, medical and travel support; access to certified Fellowship counselor
  • Visa support (for U.S. applicants)
  • Basic language training (if required)
  • Access to professional development resources during and after the program
  • Access to network of 470+ Alumni worldwide


The scope of development sector work is vast and requires a diversity of skill sets, qualifications, and interests. This reality is reflected in the interdisciplinary Fellowship cohort AIF selects each year. We seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds and fields. Whether you have a background in performing arts, biology, computer science, fundraising, engineering, medicine, teaching, communications, social work, finance, consulting or any other discipline and feel drawn to our mission, we strongly encourage you to apply! Whether you are a mid-level professional in a specialized field looking for on-the-ground exposure, whether you plan for a career change, whether you’re eager to take a professional gap year to challenge yourself in new ways, or whether you have just graduated and are ready to “dive right in” – this program may be the right fit for you.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Deep interest, passion, and commitment to social and economic development in India
  • Humility and eagerness to contribute and learn within a cross-cultural context that is challenging but rewarding
  • Strong professional skills, relevant volunteer or other practical experience, and applicable academic credentials or training
  • Demonstrated commitment to service; entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions in under-resourced organizational settings and geographic environments
  • Don’t expect spoon-feeding, but seize opportunities to learn new skills “on the go”
  • Understand that they have as much to learn as they have to give, no matter their level of experience
  • Accept that no organization or community is perfect; ability to achieve their best work despite imperfect systems


Application Deadline: January 23, 2020

About Us:

The American India Foundation (AIF) is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. AIF’s programming seeks to achieve gender equity through developing inclusive models that focus on and empower girls and women. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives across 24 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at

What does a day in the life of a Clinton Fellow look like? Meet Tali and hear how she developed a bilingual Hindi-English curriculum for students from an internally displaced indigenous community in Rajasthan to preserve their intangible cultural heritage.

Curious to see more? Watch Dharamjeet work with women weavers in Assam to develop a sustainable handloom business so that they can earn a livelihood amidst a flood-prone region. Hear how this experience changed his life.

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