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

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Sponsored by the American Indian Foundation

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

As we collectively strive for a more equitable society in our globalizing world, the importance of strong and respectful cross-cultural collaboration grows every day. AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive volunteer service program training and placing young professionals to support development organizations across India. Through service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of inclusive leadership in development in the fields of education, livelihood, and public health. Fellows support AIF’s partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability, whether in an office setting or out in the field. Together AIF, Fellows and host organizations 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, 2019 – July 2, 2020


  • U.S. citizen, Indian citizen, or U.S. permanent resident
  • Between 21-34 years old on September 1, 2019
  • Have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree by September 1, 2019


Fellowship Benefits:

  • Professional growth through service and fieldwork in highly competitive program
  • Placements in the fields of Education, Livelihoods, and Public Health
  • Matching, training and professional development provided by AIF
  • Monthly living stipend; round-trip airfare; program-related travel in India
  • Program and thematic conferences organized by AIF and its partners, featuring external speakers and facilitators in India
  • 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 450+ 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, both professionally and personally. 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” – we encourage you to apply.


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:

February 6, 2019

About Us:

The American India Foundation (AIF) is dedicated to catalyzing social and economic change in India and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with non-government organizations to develop and test innovative solutions, and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in the wake of the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of more than 4.6 million of India’s less fortunate. AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is shaping the next generation of leaders committed to social impact, while strengthening the pillars of civil society and building a lasting bridge between the U.S. and India. Learn more at www.AIF.org.

What does a day in the life of a Clinton Fellow look like? Meet Tali and learn how she developed a bilingual Hindi-English curriculum with students from an internally displaced community in Rajasthan, and why this Fellowship program is worth it.

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.

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

American India Foundation (AIF)

AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is a volunteer service program that trains and places a select number of young professionals from the U.S. and India with under-resourced NGOs across India for an immersive cross-cultural learning opportunity and to build capacity in the civil sector. Applicants must be U.S. or Indian citizens or U.S. permanent residents between the ages of 21 and 34 and have completed a Bachelor’s degree. AIF provides a living stipend, insurance coverage, and program-related travel to each Fellow.

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