Synergy through collaboration
A 13-Month Program In Rural Development
The SBI Youth for India Fellowship is offered to bright young minds who are Citizens of India, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Citizens of Nepal/Bhutan. It provides an opportunity for them to live and work with rural communities and contribute towards solving pressing rural development challenges. The Fellowship builds young leaders who undergo a transformative journey by learning from the challenges of rural India. These leaders collaborate with NGO partners, local government, and the community to develop and sustain grassroots-level initiatives. The Fellowship journey comprises four phases:
Learn about our Application Process
The Application Process offers Fellowship Aspirants a unique opportunity to work with rural communities, build their dream projects, and make a meaningful impact on India's development goals.
Stage 1 (Registration and Online Assessment)
Fill out the Registration Form and begin your Online Assessment. During the assessment, you will be asked to provide a detailed essay-based response where you can share your story, perspectives and intention to join the Fellowship.
Stage 2 (Personal Interview)
The Personal Interview stage is where the esteemed panel evaluates the applicant's personal characteristics and suitability for the role. This stage is designed to help the selection panel make informed decisions based on factors beyond academic qualifications and work experience and gain a deeper understanding of the person.
The qualities of an Ideal Applicant
The Fellowship welcomes applicants from diverse professional and academic backgrounds who exhibit a strong interest, passion, and commitment to the development of rural India. Applicants should have humility and eagerness to learn within a cross-cultural context and demonstrate a strong commitment to service. They should also possess the ability to be adaptive, resilient, and innovative in finding solutions in under-resourced environments.
Celebrating over a decade of Impact and Innovations
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
Dynamic community, comprised of highly diversified professionals
Are the most accomplished grassroot NGOs in India
Continued to change lives & work for the development sector
Impacted in India's remotest areas
Of commitment to developing rural areas
Offering Fellows to work in multicultural and diverse settings
SBI YFI Fellows share their experiences.
To say that the Fellowship changed my life is an understatement. I went from a traditional corporate career in tech I was very dissatisfied with, to a career in the social sector I am extremely passionate about. The Fellowship taught me not only how to work in the nonprofit sector but also many life skills, like resilience, community, and leadership.
In the past 5 years, I met people promoting sustainable living and organic farming. Being from Punjab, I've seen the harmful effects of chemical farming. SBI YFI Fellowship places Fellows with reputable NGOs in remote areas, which I saw as an opportunity to answer questions like whether minimalistic living is the solution and how people without scientific knowledge of farming grow food. I also wanted to identify the real need of the remote villages of India.
The Fellowship taught me to contribute and grow while staying grounded as a conservationist and social entrepreneur. Afterward, I co-founded the Kenono Foundation to support community conservation and develop conservation enterprises in Nagaland around coffee, ecotourism, and carbon credits. I also actively support Zunpha Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd, a grassroots enterprise and leader in Nagaland's development space.