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Young India Fellowship

December 15, 2021 - March 15, 2022



Meet Young India Fellows Sampurna Ghose (YIF Class of  2020) and Bhaswar Faisal Khan (YIF Class of 2019) in a 60 minutes interactive session on

? March 12, 2022  ⏰  5PM  (IST)?Live on Zoom

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Sampurna is a unique blend of business and liberal arts education with six years+ corporate experience, across industries and countries. She has been a marketing, communication and business development professional with Mattel Toys, Disney and Viacom18. In her current role she is Manager Outreach at BITSoM, BITS School of Management where she joined the Founding Team in Dec 2020.

Bhaswar did his graduation and Master’s in English Literature at Hindu College, University of Delhi. During this period he had an opportunity to work with publishing houses such as Rupa Publications and Primus Books, and explore oral histories of old Delhi courtesy a UNESCO project where he was a research Fellow. For his love for teaching and classroom discussions, he became a teacher, and after working for a few years, he joined the Young India Fellowship. His projects now include a deep involvement with higher education administration. He is in charge of graduate outreach and admissions at Ashoka University, and his main interest lies in the domain of diversity, equity and inclusion. To keep his academic interests alive he is also a research associate to Prof. Aseem Shrivastava, whom he is currently helping author a book on Tagore. He also runs an organisation called The Delek Education Foundation whose goal is to set up community libraries for children which mentor young school children between ages 12-17 to read, engage in peer learning and also ease their entry point to higher education by understanding their specific needs. He is also involved in the STEP Fellowship in Manipur, where he is responsible for the upskilling education of a single female Fellow every year, and with Sayambharataa based out of West Bengal, where he funds and mentors two young adults from rural Birbhum each year, through their first year of college in professional education. Bhaswar likes to read, travel, and play sport. His current interest is in behavioural sciences and he hopes to learn more about it with time.


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The Young India Fellowship (YIF) – the essence of an Ashoka education, offered as a postgraduate diploma in liberal studies – is unlike any other academic programme. Fellows come from diverse academic, professional, socio-economic and geographical backgrounds. Within a year, they engage with diverse areas of study, research and practice, enabled by leading thinkers and scholars of our time. This often helps them reimagine themselves and discover their passions. Since 2011, the YIF has groomed over 1900 socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century.

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Applications to the 12th Cohort (2022-23) are open until 15th March 2022. The Class of 2022-23 will comprise around 100 Fellows, who will be groomed to adapt to the new normal – one that will require a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and leadership. To register your interest please use the “Become a Fellow” pop-up form. To learn about the admissions process, please click here.

Eligibility and What We Look For

The minimum criteria for the Class of 2023 are: 

(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, 2022 (candidates born on or after 1st August, 1994 may apply).

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

While there is no typical profile of an ideal Fellow, the following should give you a broad sense of what we look for:

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    Intellectual Curiosity

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    Passion and Self-awareness

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    Leadership Potential

Selection Timeline: Class of 2023

The YIF admissions process is split into two rounds. Each round accepts applications within a specified time-frame and selects Fellows from the pool of submitted applications in that round. Please note that you can apply only once in the admissions cycle and only in one round. In case you miss the early decision deadline, you can complete your application in the final round.

  Early Application Round I Final Application Round II
Application Deadline (Rolling) 15 December 2021 15 March 2022
Online Writing Test (Rolling) Early-December 2021 to Early-January 2022 Early to End-March 2022
Application for Financial Aid 12 to 19 January 2022 12 to 19 April 2022
Personal Interviews End-December 2021 to End-January 2022 End-March to Early-May 2022
Offers to Selected Candidates 18 to 22 February 2022 End-May 2022
Offer Acceptance Deadline 8 March 2022 Mid-June 2022







Other Important Dates: Class of 2023
Offers to Waitlisted Candidates: Latest by mid-July, 2022
Last Date for Admissions: 10 July, 2022
Check-in on Campus: 2 August, 2022
Orientation Activities: 4 August, 2022
Programme Commencement (first day of classes): 8 August, 2022

A Year-long Fellowship

Started in 2011, YIF grooms socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century.

Offered as Ashoka University’s flagship residential postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, the YIF is unlike any other graduate academic programme. Fellows get access and exposure to diverse areas of study, research and practice within a year. This often helps Fellows reimagine themselves and discover their passions.

Fellows study a curated selection of courses taught by renowned educators, work on a team-based project to solve a real-world problem, and learn how to think critically and write effectively. They are also mentored by inspiring individuals, and live with a community of diverse individuals from many walks of life.

A multidisciplinary programme designed like no other.

The multidimensional learning opportunities enable students to build or hone 21st century skills that are in high demand, regardless of their past educational backgrounds and their future goals. These skills include Collaboration, Communication, Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, and Leadership. 


A range of subjects taught by inspiring academicians, scholars, and practitioners.

The Young India Fellowship attracts the finest academicians, practitioners, and experts in the field to the classroom, and gives them the autonomy to innovate, create, and craft curricula. This is a rare freedom within academia and ensures an unparalleled teaching and learning experience, not just for YIF, but across all programmes at Ashoka University.

The diversity in courses is also reflected in the varied styles of teaching and assessment, which includes discussions, seminars, field visits, presentations, and group work. While catering to multiple learning styles, this allows you to learn from a range of perspectives, and prepare yourself to be a critical thinker – a key 21st century skill.

Peer Diversity and Learning

View the world with a new perspective.

Young India Fellows are a group of promising young individuals, selected through a rigorous and elaborate search for passionate achievers with a desire to bring about change. At the YIF, a gold medalist from IIT, a history major from LSR, a Kathak dancer, a banker from Goldman Sachs and a journalist from Reuters, all attend lectures together. This creates an unparalleled peer learning environment rich with multiple perspectives. From engineering to design, film to agriculture, medicine to art, and law to journalism, being amidst diverse peers will enable cross flow of ideas and learning – which will complement and challenge what you learnt in your previous experiences.

Experiential Learning Module

Work on projects which directly impact the world.

The Experiential Learning Module (ELM) is a core component of the YIF curriculum where the Fellows work in groups of five on real-world projects from diverse sectors in collaboration with organisations and institutions (Clients). The ELM compliments academic learning at the YIF by equipping Fellows with structured problem-solving techniques, while also training them in designing and implementing sustainable solutions. It helps students learn how to work collaboratively, solve complex problems with an interdisciplinary approach, and build domain knowledge.

Critical Writing

Learn to think critically and express effectively.

The YIF Critical Writing Programme has few visible contextual precedents within the Indian higher education system. Acknowledging the importance of writing as central to processes of knowledge acquisition, production, and consumption, the programme has developed a pedagogy geared towards building critical reading, writing, and thinking skills to help Fellows engage with the world of ideas and enable them to develop and express their own ideas in a well-reasoned, lucid, and engaging manner. We do this by helping students innovate with genres of writing across different disciplines to develop a metacognitive awareness regarding their own reading and writing practices. These skills act as building blocks for the liberal arts education they receive at Ashoka University and enhance their abilities to navigate academic, professional, and social spheres once they graduate from the Fellowship.

Mentorship Programme

Get mentored by eminent leaders and scholars of the 21st Century. 

Mentorship is one of the key pillars of the YIF, where the Fellows are connected to Mentors with strong personal, academic, and professional track records who positively impact and guide their journeys during and beyond the YIF.  The fellows have the opportunity to be mentored by not only a stalwart in academia or industry, but also by an alum who shares a similar background or interest. This allows the Young India Fellows to carve out a meaningful career path over time.

Inspiring Educators

The Young India Fellowship attracts the finest academicians, practitioners, and experts in the field to the classroom, and gives them the autonomy to innovate, create, and craft curricula. This is a rare freedom within academia and ensures an unparalleled teaching and learning experience, not just for YIF, but across all programmes at Ashoka University.

Each course offering is from a distinct academic or professional domain. Disciplines range from sciences to social sciences and from leadership to the arts. Course offerings include public policy, art appreciation, gender and media studies, leadership, group dynamics, business essentials, Shakespeare, communication, and Indian elections.


December 15, 2021
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