A 13-Month Program In Rural Development
The SBI Youth for India Fellowship is offered to India's brightest young minds as an opportunity to go live and work amongst rural communities to help solve pressing rural development challenges.
The fellowship attracts young leaders who experience a transformative leadership journey during the fellowship. By unlearning and imbuing the challenges of rural India, collaborating with NGO partners, fellows, and the local community, and then finally building and sustaining grassroots-level initiatives, they essentially go through the 4 phases:
The qualities of an ideal candidate
Though candidates come from different professional & academic fields, the fellowship welcomes candidates who demonstrate a deep interest, passion, and commitment to the development of Rural India. The candidate should have the humility and eagerness to learn within a cross-cultural context. They should also demonstrate a strong commitment to service and are adaptive, entrepreneurial and innovative, in finding solutions in under-resourced environments.
Learn about our Application Process
Stage 1Start your journey by filling out the Preliminary Application Form
Stage 2Share your story, perspectives, and overall worldview by taking a detailed essay-based Online Assessment.
Stage 3Interact with the Selection Board in the Personality Assessment & Interview stage.
The entire Application Process is uniquely designed to offer Fellowship Aspirants an experience that involves reflecting on their journey, worldviews & perspectives.
Celebrating 10 years of the SBI YFI Fellowship
Bringing positive change across the farthest, most remote areas of India.
The Fellowship allows you to choose your project focusing on key areas of rural development and join an ever growing number of youth leaders in delivering positive impact across India
A robust community of over 350 fellows
Are the most accomplished in India
Continued to 'change lives' & work for rural development
And serving India's remotest villages
SBI YFI Fellows share their experiences.
The journey helped me in understanding the way a programme is undertaken and the challenges that one faces during the phase of execution and the methods of overcoming them. Also at a personal level, instead of criticizing, I've learnt to take into consideration the different perspectives of looking at an issue.
SBI Youth for India gave me a good head-start into the development sector with terrific insights during the course of fellowship. Evaluating myself, post the fellowship my confidence to work for a certain cause has improved and I continue to be in the quest of finding meaning throughout my work .
Rahul Menon K. P.
I joined the fellowship just after finishing my graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering. Having always had an interest in how technology can really change lives, the fellowship gave me the right platform to know about the huge disparity that exists to a very large extent. This motivated me to work in this field and I still continue to do so.