Applications Now Open: 2018-19 AIF Clinton Fellowship in India

Oct 27, 2017 • Views -
Fellow Denise Fernandes (2016-17) helped her host organization to pilot a women’s school in rural Rajasthan.

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The American India Foundation (AIF) is now seeking applicants for the 2018-2019 class of the AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. During an immersive volunteer service program, young professionals have the opportunity to serve with development organizations across India. AIF Clinton Fellows support under-resourced organizations at a crucial moment of scalability through collaboration, skill sharing, and capacity-building. Fellows work with civil society leaders in India and contribute to projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Projects are available in the areas of education, livelihoods, or public health. Fellows serve from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019.

The AIF Clinton Fellowship aims to create lasting ties between the U.S. and India by strengthening the development sector and equipping the next generation of change makers to advance positive social change in both countries. Meeting India’s goals for sustainable development requires not only hard work and dedication, but also firsthand experience to implement practical, localized solutions. Our vision is to shape development to be inclusive, sustainable, and equitable by fostering participatory partnerships between professionals and organizations that are committed to serving and empowering the lives of marginalized communities across India.

Examples of Successful Fellowship Projects

Fellows support AIF partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability through project based collaboration, skills-sharing, training, and capacity-building. Responsibilities vary based on a Fellow’s skills and experience. Projects may include but are not limited to: program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, graphic design, videography, data collection and visualization, digital content development, event planning, qualitative and quantitative research, creative writing, curriculum design, fundraising, teaching, training teachers, community organizing, managing information systems, and marketing and communications.

Each Fellow receives mentorship support throughout the project. During the selection process, short-listed candidates interview with potential host organizations through a Project Portal. Placements are driven by the specific, project-based need of AIF’s partner organizations, and matches will be informed by a candidate’s experience and skill-set.

There are a multitude of ways that Fellows can apply their skills for meaningful impact. Examples of previous projects include:

  • Develop and implement an M&E system to assess the social impact of education and employability programs for urban youth;
  • Design an interactive and experiential bi-lingual curriculum for students to document and interpret their local history, culture, and geography in the context of internal displacement;
  • Conduct a needs assessment of non-communicable diseases to understand health needs of tea laborers in designing a new public health intervention;
  • Setting up a support group for individuals affected by domestic violence;
  • Design, develop, and disseminate a health and hygiene curriculum, including the promotion of awareness around menstrual health and hygiene among teenagers;
  • Conduct participatory appraisal processes in rural Rajasthan to address and design interventions around a variety of key issues including education, health, sanitation, and livelihood opportunity;
  • Conduct academic and first-hand research to design and develop an interactive website for indigenous honey hunters in the Nilgiris;
  • Design and facilitate a business and entrepreneurship program for rural women in Uttarakhand, including fostering the immersion of several small-scale businesses designed and run entirely by rural women;
  • Develop a sustainable handloom business in a flood-prone region in Northeast India;
  • Formulate a waste management strategy for a research center and habitat for endangered reptiles in Tamil Nadu;
  • Increase public health partnerships for a medical technology start-up to save newborns from hypothermia.

More information about what current Fellows are doing is available here. Since the program’s inception in 2001, over 422 individuals have served as Fellows in India and over 189 AIF partner organizations have hosted a Fellow. Alumni have pursued a diversity of career and life paths including graduate studies in disciplines such as urban planning, public health, international development, law, business, education and medicine; and professional opportunities in leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including work in social enterprise and development both in the U.S. and in India.

Fellow Keith Scott (2016-17) developed an M&E system for an initiative bringing technology into government schools.


Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. or Indian citizen, or a U.S. permanent resident;
  • Be between 21 and 34 years of age by September 1, 2018;
  • Have completed a Bachelor’s degree by the start of the program on September 1, 2018.


We seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and personally.

Candidates should demonstrate a deep interest, passion, and commitment to social and economic development in India. Candidates must show humility and an eagerness to learn within a cross-cultural context. Ideal candidates possess strong professional skills, relevant volunteer or other practical experience, and applicable academic credentials or training. They show a potential for leadership and are entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions and navigating unknown environments.

Candidates must be flexible and adaptable, and possess exceptional ability to build meaningful relationships across cultures in the social development space. A sensitivity and ability to work with vulnerable communities is a must.


Fellows receive a living stipend and health insurance coverage for the duration of their volunteer service in India. Travel to and from a Fellow’s point of origin to the host organization placement as well as travel to Orientation, Midpoint, Thematic, and Endpoint conferences in India, is included in the Fellowship.

Fellows receive comprehensive training prior to their departure and in-country, as well as structured mentoring support throughout the program. Depending on the local language required to complete a project, a Fellow may receive basic training at the beginning.


The deadline is January 17, 2018 (11:59pm PST).


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