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William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

Adaptation, Immersion, Transformation

Meeting India’s goals for sustainable development requires not only hard work and dedication, but also leaders with the firsthand experience and real-world skills to deliver practical, local solutions. The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is helping to shape the next generation of leaders committed to impactful change while also strengthening civil society to be more efficient and effective.

The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change. Together, Fellows and development sector leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills while sharing their passion and commitment to open new ways of looking at the world – ultimately transforming both the individual and organization.

Building the Next Generation of Global Leaders

In its vision to build a lasting bridge between the United States and India, the Fellowship has expanded to incorporate young professional Indians to work side by side with fellows from the US, providing an exciting opportunity for the future leaders of both nations to strengthen ties in service to the underprivileged, leading to an ever-greater platform for collaborative learning and impacting our communities in deeper and more profound ways.

“The past ten months have been as challenging as any time I can remember in my life, but as a consequence I’ve grown more professionally and personally than I could have hoped to otherwise.”

— Kishore Eechambadi, AIF Fellow, Class of 2010-11

The Fellowship creates a community of socially engaged, global citizens who represent the leaders of tomorrow. Alumni of the program are leaders in international development, academia, journalism, business, entrepreneurship, public health, and other fields. Together they represent a collective force for sustaining a long-term agenda dedicated towards change in India.

FAQ

Application

Who is Eligible To Apply?

What kind of educational background and skills are required?

What are the language requirements?

How does the application process work?

What if I cannot make it to an in-person interview due to being outside the USA or India?

HOW MANY REFERENCES DOES AIF REQUIRE?

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

How does placement with a host organization work?

Can I apply for a Fellowship and work at an organization of my choice that is not a partner of AIF?

Program Questions

What are the Fellowship requirements?

Does AIF pay for my living expenses?

Do Fellows travel for their projects?

Will I get to travel while I am in India? What is the vacation policy?

What happens if I get sick? Get into an accident? What health facilities and support exist?

What happens during orientation? What are midpoint and endpoint?

GENERAL

What are some examples of successful Fellowship projects?

Will AIF support language training before or during the Fellowship?

What are Alumni doing now?

Can I speak to a Fellowship Alum?

APPLICATION

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates must:
• Be a citizen / permanent resident of the United States or citizen of India
• Be between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1, 2014
• Complete an undergraduate degree prior to September 1, 2014

What kind of educational background and skills are required?

Ideal candidates come from a variety of backgrounds, both professional and academic. As Fellows are placed with organizations that have expressed a need for certain skill sets in order to accomplish specific projects, the desired skills for Fellowship candidates can be very diverse. The selection criteria for a successful Fellow includes the following attributes:

• General knowledge of the development field and development issues in India
• Ability to demonstrate a humble appreciation of other cultures and circumstances, and a willingness to acclimate to these differences
• Thoughtful consideration for the role the Fellowship experience will play in their life
• Ability and willingness to independently and creatively find ways to be helpful at their host organization
• Flexibility and adaptability to challenging living and working conditions
• Local language skills are not required, but considered a highly valuable asset


What are the language requirements?

Fluency in English is required. It is not a requirement for Fellows to speak the local language, however it is considered a valuable skill in the selection process and taken into consideration when placing Fellows with NGOs. Appropriate language abilities are very useful and tend to enable the Fellows to integrate more seamlessly with their host NGO and surrounding communities. Local language ability is usually required in rural placement settings.


How does the application process work?

Applications open annually in the Fall for the program cycle the following year (September – June). The application consists of a series of essays and letters of recommendation, which are hosted online. After the application period closes, the applications are reviewed by AIF staff, stakeholders, and other development experts in both the United States and India. Applications are graded through a standardized numeric scale; those that meet the criteria advance to the interview process. These candidates will be invited for an initial screening interview held via Skype with AIF staff. A select group of candidates will be invited to a second round of interviews held in person with, and successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance thereafter.

For more information on the application and selection process, including a timeline, please visit our Apply page.


What if I cannot make it to an in-person interview due to being outside the USA or India?

AIF conducts interviews via Skype for those candidates currently outside of the USA or India that are thus not able to attend in-person interviews.

 

HOW MANY REFERENCES DOES AIF REQUIRE?

AIF requires two references. Upon completion of your application, your references will be contacted automatically by email and asked to complete an online form that addresses your ability to succeed on the Fellowship. Your references should be able to address your work ethic, your cultural adaptability, your communication skills and work style, and your career goals. We request that you provide references familiar with you in an academic or professional setting. References should NOT be family or friends.


How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Recommendation letters are part of the online application. When you fill out the page in the application which asks contact details of the people writing your recommendations, our system will generate an automatic email request to your referrers with instructions and a link to answer some questions, which they will then submit online through our system. Recommendations are not accepted via mail or e-mail.

 

How does placement with a host organization work?

During the selection process, we take note of the skill sets and career aspirations of potential Fellows to match them with appropriate organizations.  Once selected, we provide each Fellow with several options for placements while providing host organizations with Fellow profiles to review at the same time. In the event that a Fellow has very specialized skills that are of clear benefit to a particular organization,  AIF may choose to only provide one placement option. Both the Fellows and host organizations rank their preferences, and AIF then makes the final placement based on these rankings as well as a deeper understanding of the Fellow and the partner organization. We make every effort to place incoming Fellows according to their first or second choices, although it is not possible to guarantee these.

Can I apply for a Fellowship and work at an organization of my choice that is not a partner of AIF?

No. Only pre-vetted organizations can host Fellows. This is done to ensure that the organization will be able to provide the level of support expected by AIF and will be invested in the professional growth of Fellows they host.

 

 

PROGRAM QUESTIONS


What are the Fellowship requirements?

All Fellows are expected to complete the full ten months of service, while upholding basic values and principles of trust, honesty, and integrity. Fellows are expected to embrace and engage with multiple challenges, and take a lot of initiative in the structuring and completion of their projects.
Fellows must abide by host organization work calendars and work complete workweeks in accordance with organizational policy and procedure, which commonly involves working Saturdays. Fellows are also required to attend all program events, including Orientation, Midpoint and Endpoint conferences.
Fellows must submit monthly progress reports on the status of their Fellowship and specific projects, and more detailed reports at midpoint and endpoint, including end of service documents to detail their projects and experience of the program upon completion of the Fellowship.  A final important requirement of the Fellowship is an active, ongoing contribution to AIF’s online community through blogging. Each Fellow is required to blog monthly following an annual workplan with specific deliverables and milestones.


Does AIF pay for my living expenses?

For American Fellows, AIF provides a roundtrip ticket from the USA to India, along with insurance coverage and a monthly stipend. For Indian Fellows, AIF provides domestic travel from their hometowns in India, insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend. The monthly stipends are intended to provide rent, utilities, transportation to and from work, language classes, personal expenses, and food. Fellows are asked to live simply and cost-effectively on par with the local staff of their organizations, and are encouraged to have roommates, live with less furniture than they are used to, to take public transportation whenever available and to cook for themselves. When applying for the Fellowship, it is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of urban and rural placements due to the cost differences associated with both


Do Fellows travel for their projects?

Travel depends entirely on the placement and project. Some placements require travel to villages in surrounding areas for fieldwork while others are more administrative, requiring little to no travel within an office setting. A few placements will require constant travel to various partner offices and/or field sites. When selecting preferences for projects, Fellows should carefully consider whether they would like to travel extensively or whether they prefer to be based in one place.


Will I get to travel while I am in India? What is the vacation policy?

Each Fellow receives up to two weeks of vacation time during the ten-month Fellowship, pending approval from the host organization. Fellows placed at host organizations with a Saturday workday receive 20 days vacation time. The costs of vacation and personal travel will be borne by the Fellow.


What happens if I get sick? Get into an accident? What health facilities and support exist?

AIF Fellows are covered under a health insurance policy for emergencies that involve hospitalization. As health and safety issues are very region-specific, each Fellow will complete an orientation upon arrival at their host organization, which includes information on local health facilities. The host organization will be responsible for helping Fellows arrange for proper care in case of ill health. If a serious health condition arises, AIF will ensure that the Fellow has full support.


What happens during orientation? What are midpoint and endpoint?

Orientation is a two-week program designed to provide an intensive and thorough acclimation and training to support all aspects of the Fellowship. The orientation provides an overview of political, economic, and societal aspects of development in India to set the context for NGO projects and the chance to interact with experts in the field. Orientation also provides the opportunity for the Fellowship class to get to know each other, meet the AIF staff, and have discussions about what 10 months on the Fellowship will be like.

Midpoint and endpoint are less structured “conferences” focused on reflection and learning. Midpoint allows Fellows to get together for a break and reflect upon their experiences thus far and discuss their projects, focusing on the challenges they are facing and discussing potential solutions with peers. Endpoint is the culminating activity of the Fellowship, offering time for reflection, feedback, and thoughts on returning home and what lies ahead.

Midpoint and endpoint are less structured “conferences” focused on reflection and learning. Midpoint allows Fellows to get together for a break and reflect upon their experiences thus far and discuss their projects, focusing on the challenges they are facing and discussing potential solutions with peers. Endpoint is the culminating activity of the Fellowship, offering time for reflection, feedback, and thoughts on returning home and what’s next.

GENERAL


What are some examples of successful Fellowship projects?

• Developed a dal procurement, processing and marketing operation in Udaipur
• Designed and implemented programs for HIV positive and HIV affected children
• Managed documentary/animation films and photo essays in Bangalore and Delhi schools
• Created and implemented solid waste management plan and system for Muzaffarpur, a city of 3.7 million
• Conducted a detailed assessment of a group of restored water tanks in rural Tamil Nadu
• Created innovative teaching kits for government schools


Will AIF support language training before or during the Fellowship?

Fellows may choose to hire a language tutor if they desire to learn the local language. The stipends are structured to allow for 2 lessons a week.


What are Alumni doing now?

With almost 300 graduates, Fellowship Alumni have followed a staggering diversity of career and life paths after the Fellowship. Many have continued on to pursue graduate studies including Masters and Doctoral work in areas such as urban planning, public health, and international development. Alumni have also gone on to professional schools including law, education and medicine. Others have chosen to remain in India and have joined the development sector, including several Fellows who have founded their own enterprises. Some alumni have returned to jobs they held before the Fellowship period, while others embark upon new professional paths, including work in the public sector (government agencies such as the Department of State), private (law, venture capital), and the NGO sector both here in the US and abroad.

Can I speak to a Fellowship Alum?

If you would like to speak with an alumnus, please contact us and specify what area of work and in what region you are particularly interested. AIF staff will provide you with an alumni contact.

Fellows

Current Fellows – 2014-15

Aanchal Aggarwal – Medha (Livelihoods)

Adam Pearlman – Shubham Housing Development Finance Company (Social Enterprise)

Alexander Hunt – Central Square Foundation (Education)

Alia Dharssi – Janaagraha (Other)

Andrew Jelinek – Anudip Foundation (Livelihoods)

Ashwin Advani – Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) (Public Health)

Bradley Wintersteen – Dream a Dream (Other)

Charlotte Brown – Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (Education)

Christine Garcia – Central Square Foundation (Education)

Christopher Witschy – Mummy Daddy Media Pvt Ltd (Other)

Dustin Smith – Jagori (Other)

Elaine Colaco – Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) (Other)

Eliel Talo – I Say Organic (Social Enterprise)

Frank Alexander – Wadhwani Foundation (Livelihoods)

Ilana Millner – American India Foundation (Other)

Indu Chelliah – SightLife (Public Health)

Jessica Meckler – The Akanksha Foundation (Education)

John Gibbons – Babajob.com (Social Enterprise)

Julia Wallin – Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (Livelihoods)

Kayalyn Kibbe – Yuwa India (Other)

Larry Reinhard Jr. – St. Xavier’s Non Formal Education Society (Public Health)

Laura Guzman – iMerit (Social Enterprise)

Laura Van Voorhees – Tata Consultancy Service (Livelihoods)

Marios Falaris – Yakjah Reconciliation and Development Network (Other)

Miriam HartmannCommunity Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI)/Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance (Public Health)

Mrinal Mohanka – Babajob.com (Social Enterprise)

Pracheta Sharma – The K C Mahindra Trust (Education)

Raghav Anand – Sarvajal (Social Enterprise)

Ranu Nath – Tata Consultancy Service (Livelihoods)

Ryan Corrigan – Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (Livelihoods)

Sarah Manchanda – Rishi Valley Education Centre (RIVER) (Education)

Shubham Fitkariwala – Janaagraha (Other)

Shruti Manian – Ashoka University (Education)

Stephen Coger – People’s Watch (Other)

Vasundhara Jolly – Ashoka University (Education)

Virginia Morgan – KHAMIR (Livelihoods)

Vishal Aditya PotluriDr. Reddy’s Foundation (Livelihoods)

Vishnupriya Das – Gram Vaani (Other)

Yojna Lama – SwitchON-ONergy (Social Enterprise)

2013-14

Abhishek Choudhary, Anudip Foundation (Livelihoods)

Anastasia Aguiar, Central Square Foundation (Education)

Angela Kohama, Shaishav (Education)

Ashwin Advani, ICICI Foundation (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Brittany Boroian, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) (Livelihoods)

Caitlin Ferguson, Waste Ventures (Social Enterprise)

Cassie Denbow, Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (Livelihoods)

Dana “Coco” Vonnegut, Khamir (Livelihoods)

Dudhsagar Shambhuche, Swades Foundation (Other)

Edward “Ned” Dostaler, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (Public Health)

Eleanor Godfrey, Sujaya Schools (Education)

Gabrielle Trippe, Healing Fields Foundation (Public Health)

Gaytri Devi, Purbanchal Maitri Development Society (Livelihoods)

Ilana Millner, Apnalaya (Public Health)

James Liu, Babajob.com (Social Enterprise)

Jared Stancombe, Dream a Dream (Youth Development)

Julia LaFleur, SwitchON – ONergy (Social Enterprise)

Matthew Kelly, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (Education)

Megan Tara Casebolt, Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI)/Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance (Public Health)

Meghana Rawat, Purbanchal Maitri Development Society (Livelihoods)

Meraj Ahmed, Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI)/Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance (Public Health)

Michael Johnson, PBK Waste Solutions (Social Enterprise)

Mohit Raj, Nidan (Human Rights)

Neeraj Bachani, iMerit (Social Enterprise)

Nikhil Mahen, Aravind Eye Care System (Public Health)

Olivia Dowling, Utthan (Livelihoods)

Rorujorona Ferrell, Pravah (Youth Development)

Srijana Angdembey, Office to the Advisor to the Prime Minister (Livelihoods)

Swathi Sekar, Pudiyador (Education)

Tanvi Girotra, Aangan Trust (Youth Development)

Taylor Robinson, Wadhwani Foundation (Livelihoods)

Tera Meerkins, VOICE4Girls (Youth Development)

Vishwas Momle, Hippocampus Learning Centres (Education)

Zain Alam, 1947 Partition Archive (Education)

2012-2013

Aaron Samuel, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Aditya Pasumarty, Frontier Markets (Social Enterprise)

Allison Horton, Pravah (Youth Development)

Ambar Mehta, Ummeed (Public Health)

Andrew Fertig, Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK) (Livelihood)

Anusha Raja, Sangath(Public Health)

Arunima Naithani, Broadleaf (Education)

Ashutosh Ranjan, Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK) (Livelihood)

Bipin Rawat, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (Public Health)

Blessing Okorougo, Centre for Social Research (Human Rights)

Brian Tronic, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Elizabeth Peyton, ONergy (Social Enterprise)

Emily Coady, Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources (Education)

Gaurang Raval, Utthan (Livelihood)

Gayatri Eassey, National Council on Skills Development (Livelihood)

Gregory Randolph, Micro Home Solutions (Social Enterprise)

Hallie Noble, Anudip (Livelihood)

Jean-Camille de la Cruz Kollmorgen, Broadleaf (Public Health)

Jilna Kothary, Kachchh Heritage Arts and Crafts, Music and Integrated Resources (KHAMIR) (Livelihood)

Katie Stricker, ICICI Foundation (Advocacy)

Khushi Malhotra, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (Education)

Manleen Sandhu, Guru Nanak Dev University (Education)

Marina Yakhnis, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Mohd Ali, Pudiyador (Education)

Nimish Shukla, Dasra (Social Enterprise)

Pranav Reddy, Calcutta Kids (Public Health)

Prerna Khanna, Magic Bus (Youth Development)

Ragini Kathail, Arghyam (Environment)

Ramaa Chitale, Society for Education Action and Research (SEARCH) (Public Health)

Ryan Ballard, Magic Bus (Youth Development)

Sabina Dewan, SAATH (Livelihood)

Sam Ribnick, Anudip (Social Enterprise)

Sanjana Tandon, Micro Home Solutions (Social Enterprise)

Shilpa Vimalananda, Society for Education Action and Research (SEARCH) (Public Health)

Sriya Srikrishnan, Calcutta Kids (Public Health)

Swathi Venkatesh, Janagraha (Advocacy)

 

2011-2012

Aarti Nuzella, Anudip Foundation (Livelihood)

Aliza Lailari, Healing Fields Foundation (Public Health)

Amber Luong, Rishi Valley (Public Health)

Archana Patel, Tata Consultancy Service (Social Enterprise)

Ashley Pandya, Dasra (Social Enterprise)

Bhumi Purohit, Learn it Live (Social Enterprise)

Carson Marries, Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN) (Livelihood)

Jennifer Chowdhury, Jeevika Development Society (Human Rights)

Jessica Mausner, Akanksha (Education)

Kanupriya Tandon, Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) AIF (Livelihood)

Krupa Asher, Anudip Foundation (Livelihood)

Lauren Lauter, Muktangan (Education)

Lorenz Noe, Micro Home Solutions (Social Enterprise)

Mandy LaBreche, Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) (Public Health)

Maressa McCall, Pravah (Youth Development)

Margy Elliot, Calcutta Kids (Public Health)

Marina Yakhnis, AIF Digital Education (Education)

Megan Gordon, Action Research and Training for Health (ARTH) (Public Health)

Michael Matergia, Community Health and Advancement Initiative (Public Health)

Michael Schulte, Empower Pragati (Social Enterprise)

Nikita Arora, Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK) (Public Health)

Ramya Naraharisetti, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) (Livelihood)

Ryan Ballard, Magic Bus (Youth Development)

Sara Tiffany, Aarohi (Livelihood)

Sarah Connette, Jagori Grameen (Livelihood)

Sukanya Purkayastha, Magic Bus (Youth Development)

Tracy Wares, Video Volunteers (Human Rights)

Veronica Weis, Breakthrough (Human Rights)

Vlad Kuperman, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

 

2010-2011

Adam Campbell, Anudip Foundation (Livelihood)

Alison Chatfield, Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK)  (Public Health)

Andrew Carreras, Jagori Grameen (Livelihood)

Christina MacGillivray, Breakthrough (Human Rights)

Elijah Monroe, Ashoka Youth Venture (Youth Development)

Hilary Fischer-Groban, ICICI Foundation (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Jessica Ré, Katha (Education)

John Stokes, Naz Foundation (Public Health)

John Van Rooy, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Joseph Stromberg, Pravah (Youth Development)

Kathleen Mitchell, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) (Livelihood)

Kathryn Osterhage, Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) (Public Health)

Kishore Eechambadi, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Kyla Donnely, Action Research and Training for Health (ARTH) (Public Health)

Leviticus Turner, Hand in Hand (Livelihood)

Lindsey Adkisson, Rishi Valley Rural Health Centre (Public Health)

Marielle Amrhein, Katha (Education)

Rajwant Virk, Centre for Social Research (Social Enterprise)

Ramya Sekaran, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Renagh O’Leary, Jagori (Other)

Stephanie Dorman, Digantar (Education)

Tejpal Dhillon, Vatsalya (Livelihood)

 

2009-2010

Aditi Ramakrishnan, Banyan (Public Health)

Annelyse Ahmad, Y. R. Gaitonde Care (Public Health)

April Yee, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Behzad Larry, Nidan (Livelihood, Envrionment)

Bijal Shah, SAATH (Livelihood)

Charles Iannuzzi, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Jenny Becksted, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Jessica Sawhney, Anudip Foundation (Livelihood)

Kirsten Anderson, AID India (Public Health)

Lavina Shahani, ICCI Center for Child Health and Nutrition (Public Health)

Meghna Shah, SAATH (Livelihood)

Nafisa Ferdous, Jeevika Development Society (Human Rights)

Nandan Satyanarayan, Dream a Dream (Education)

Nicole Fox, Y. R. Gaitonde Care (Public Health)

Nikolai Smith, Janaagraha (Livelihood)

Renita Shah, Kachchh Heritage Arts and Crafts, Music and Integrated Resources (KHAMIR) (Livelihood)

Samir Panjwani, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Sanjay Sharma, Roshan Vikas (Livelihood)

Tatiana Rostovtseva,  Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources (RIVER) (Education)

Tejas (Neel) Odedara, Ashoka Youth Venture (Youth Development)

 

2008-2009

Carolyn Florey, Breakthrough (Human Rights)

Clara Presler, Centre for Social Research (Social Enterprise)

Diane Coffey, Yusuf Meherally Centre (Livelihood)

Diego Solares, Saheli (Human Rights, Public Health)

Ekta Dharia, Navsarjan (Human Rights)

Hamsa Subramaniam, Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) (Public Health)

Hemant Sharma, AIF Rickshaw Sangh (Livelihood)

Joy Mischley, Deep Griha Society (Human Rights)

Kalpana Simhan, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation for Health (Public Health)

Kirsten Anderson, AID India (Public Health)

Matt (Howard) French, Kumaon Agriculture and Greenery Advancement Society (Livelihood)

Meera Sinha, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Michael Yau, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Natassia Rozario, Saath (Education)

Neela (Anindita) Pal, Prayasam (Education)

Nina Maturu, Akanksha (Education)

Pooja Bhatia, Berojgar Mahila Seva Samiti (BMSS) (Livelihood)

Praveen Basaviah, South India AIDS Action Programme (SIAAP) (Public Health)

Rick Desai, SAATH (Livelihood)

Sophie (Ann) Namy, Kumaon Agrictulture and Greeny Advancement Society (Public Health)

Suzanne Rizzo, Mann Deshi (Livelihood)

Tahmid Chowdhury, Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) (Public Health)

 

2007-2008

Alissa Pelc, Sahara (Public Health)

Ann Levy, Janarth (Education)

Arun Gupta, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Brenna Schneider, Kachchh Heritage Arts and Crafts, Music and Integrated Resources (KHAMIR) (Livelihood)

Brian Heilman, Street Survivors India (Education)

Chad Robertson, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Christine Least, CARE India (Public Health)

Diana Chester, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Erin Huffer, Samraksha (Public Health)

Gia Cobb, Child Health Education Society (CHES) (Public Health)

Ja Eun Huh, Nalamdana (Public Health)

Jeena Shah, Navsarjan (Human Rights)

Jimmy Ossman, Unitus – Ujjivan Financial Services (Livelihood)

Katherine Potter, MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (Public Health)

Krishna Parthasarathy, AID India (Public Health)

Laurie Mason, Bodh Shiksha Samiti (Education)

Leila Bozorg, SAATH (Livelihood)

Maria Kasparian, Street Survivors India (Education)

Megan Mcdrew, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Menaka Mohan, Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (Human Rights)

Menal Jham, Y.R. Gaitonde Care (Public Health)

Nafessa Kassim, LEPRA India (Livelihood)

Naina Arora, Swechha (Education)

Rebecca Shively, Mann Deshi  (Livelihood)

Sara Rotkin, Deep Griha (Human Rights)

Sarah Hine, Muse Spiti Ecosphere (Livelihood)

Sumit Galhotra, Sangama (Public Health)

Vaani Garg, Saheli (Public Health)

Vanitha Sivarajan, Dhan Foundation (Livelihood)

 

2006-2007

Ajaita Shah, Unitus – Ujjivan Financial Services (Livelihood)

Ann Varghese, Sahara Aalhad Center for Care and Rehabilitation (Public Health)

Bhavana Nancherla, LEPRA India (Livelihood)

Emily Carlson Lindsay, Aman Biradari (Human Rights)

Husna Ali-Khan, Byrraju Foundation (Social Enterprise)
Jordan Fletcher, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Julia De Quadros, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Kasey Kozara, Sahayog (Human Rights)

Kevin Cremin, Centre for Advocacy in Mental Health (Human Rights)

Kiran Bains, Vigyan Foundation (Human Rights)

Kristy Singer, People’s Institute for Development and Training (Livelihood)

Lydia (Butts) Barraza, Sahara Aalhad Center for Care and Rehabilitation (Human Rights)

Marjorie Schulman, Reach India (Livelihood)

Nicole Patel, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan Bhuj (KMVS) (Public Health)

Rushabh Kapashi, Sandhi Craft (Livelihood)

Sabrina Singh, Breakthrough (Human Rights)

Solmaz Firoz, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Human Rights)

Sonia Cheruvillil, Sangama (Public Health)

Subarna Mukherjee, Sahara Aalhad Center for Care and Rehabilitation (Public Health)

Tanwi Nandini Islam, Pravah (Education)

Vikas Raj, Unitus – Ujjivan Financial Services (Livelihood)

Vivek Taparia, SKS Microfinance (Livelihood)

Yael Gottlieb, Action India (Livelihood)

Yamini Rao, Byrraju Foundation (Education)

 

2005-2006

Aditi Desai, Utthan (Human Rights)

Andy Melendez Salgado, Child in Need Institute (CINI) (Education, Public Health)

Ben Lenzner, Rural Litigation & Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) (Education, Livelihood)

Catherine Garoupa, Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) (Livelihood)

Cheryl Young, Saath (Livelihood)

Chris Turillo, SKS Microfinance (Livelihood)

Jennifer Leonard, SKS Microfinance (Livelihood)

Jillian Waid, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan Bhuj (Public Health)

Kirstin Henninger, Navranchna (Education)

Lauren Logiuidice, Karnatka Health Protection Trust (KHPT)/Sangama (Public Health)

Lee Dula, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Margarette Shegog, Child in Need Institute (CINI) (Education, Public Health)

Piali Mukhopadyay, Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (Public Health)

Puja Gupta, Bodh Shiksha Samiti (Education)

Samantha Iyer, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Sejal Patel, Action Aid India (Education)

Shalu Umapathy, Bhoomika Trust (Livelihood)

Sheela Shrinivas, Pravah (Education)

Tatjana Johnson, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Vikram Fielding-Singh, Digantar (Education)

 

2004-2005

Anuj Jaggi, MAMTA Health Institute for Mothers (Public Health)

Arun Gopal, Y.R. Gaitonde Care (Public Health)

Caroline Custer, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Charolotte Lapsansky, Pravah (Education)

Dan Vazquez, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Fareen Walji, South Indian Cell for Human Rights (Human Rights)

Han Kang, India-Canda Collaborative HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme (Public Health)

Harpreet Anand, Seva Mandir (Livelihood)

Jeremy Carl, The Energy and Resources Institute (Social Enterprise)

Jonathon Ripley, South India AIDS Action Program (Public Health)

Leigh Kincaid, Jiva (Public Health)

Mangayarkarasi Arumugam, Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness (MAYA) (Education)

Mujtaba Saifuddin, Deepalaya (Education)

Neilesh Shelat, South India AIDS Action Programme (Public Health)

Nikolaus Steinberg, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Patrick Toomey, SAATH (Livelihood)

Rinoti Amin, Navrachna (Livelihood)

Sapana Parikh, SEWA Bharat (Livelihood)

Sarah Rizvi, Shelter Associates (Social Enterprise)

Saritha Peruri, Grameen Koota (Social Enterprise)

Shelly Hundiwal, Jiva (Public Health)

Veena Villivalam, Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness (MAYA) (Education)

Vivek Jayadeva, Karuna Trust (Education)

 

2003-2004

Aalap Shah, South India AIDS Action Programme (Public Health)

Amanpreet Kaur, Navrachna (Livelihood)

Arjun Garg, Navrachna (Livelihood)

Catherine Kannam, Praxis (Human Rights)

David Fuente, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) (Livelihood)

Dylan Smith, People’s Watch (Human Rights)

Emily Vedaa, Karuna Trust (Education, Public Health)

Emma Aller, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) (Social Enterprise)

James Long, Action Aid India (Education)

Marc ALongi, Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV) School (Education)

Maulik Shah, Deepalaya (Education)

Monika Doshi, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Education)

Nivedita Patel, Amber Mahila Benefit Association (Livelihood)

Payal Shah, Pratham (Education)

Priya Vellanki, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Purvi Tank, SEWA Swashrayi Mahila Cooperative Bank (Livelihood)

Sameena Azhar, MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (Public Health)

Sucharita Kuchibhotla, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Human Rights)

Vimala Palaniswamy, Dhan Foundation (Livelihood)

 

2002-2003

Anita Agarwal, SEWA Bharat (Livelihood)

Anita Nabha, Akanksha (Education)

Carole Geiger, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (Livelihood)

Goral Vaidya, Kala Raksha (Livelihood)

India Reed Bowers, National Center for Advocacy Studies (Social Enterprise)

Jessica Mayberry, Self-Employed Women’s Associaiton (SEWA) (Livelihood)

John Edwards, Sustainable Environment & Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) (Social Enterprise)

Karishma Huda, Insititute for Motiviating Self-Employment (Livelihood)

Pragnya Alekal, AID India (Education, Health)

Rachna Singh, Gramin Vilas Vigyan Samiti (Livelihood, Environment)

Rina Patel Arora, Goa Sudharop (Education)

Rishi Arora, SKS Microfinance (Livelihood)

Seema Dargar, Center for Budget and Policy Studies (Social Enterprise)

Sheila Chanani, Tata Steel Rural Development Society

Siddharth Tickoo, Goa Sudharop (Education)

Subhalakshmi Ganguly, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (Livelihood)

Valerie Hart, Institute for Motivating Self-Employment (IMSE) (Livelihood)

Virginia Sanders, Tamil Nadu Science Forum (Other)

 

2002

Anu Pillai, SKS Microfinance (Livelihood)

Dana Pillai, Gramin Vilas Vigyan Smiti (GRAVIS) (Livelihood, Environment)

Deepa Bhat, Karuna Trust (Education)

Dinika Mirpuri, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Awareness (YUVA) (Livelihood)

Jasmine Khambatta, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Awareness (YUVA) (Livelihood)

Jhumka Gupta, Akanksha (Education)

Krishanti Vignarajah, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Awareness (YUVA) (Livelihood)

Samantha Shahani, Akanksha (Education)

Shilesh Muralidhara, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Awareness (YUVA) (Livelihood)

Siddharth Gejji, Goa Sudharop (Education)

Sonali Patel, SAATH (Livelihood)

Zahir Janmohamed, SAATH (Livelihood)

 

2001

Amarish Mehta, Abhiyan (Education)

Chaitali Thakar, Art of Living (Social Enterprise)

Gautam Desai, Abhiyan (Education)

Hans Thomas, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Kimberly Parekh, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Lucas Dreier, Abhiyan (Education)

Manish Kakwani, Abhiyan (Education)

Manju Sadarangani, Self-Employwed Women’s Association (SEWA) (Livelihood)

Mayhul Jain, Vikenanand Research and Training Institute (VRTI) (Livelihood)

Meenakshi Verma Agrawal, Kala Raksha (Livelihood)

Nehal Patel, Self-Employwed Women’s Association (SEWA) (Livelihood)

Nisha Gupta, Abhiyan (Education)

Nisha Varia, Abhiyan (Education)

Paul Anand, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education)

Rachna Mathur, AIF Digital Equalizer (Education

Sachin Shah, Vyakti Vikas Kendra (Education, Health)

Shayna Parekh, Veerayatan (Education)

Shilpa Punatar, Self-Employwed Women’s Association (SEWA) (Livelihood)

Shruti Haldea, Abhiyan (Education)

Tanvi Pandit, Kala Raksha (Livelihood)

Vikas Mehta, Abhiyan (Education)

Selection Criteria

Thank you for your interest in the William J. Clinton Fellowship.
The application for the 2015-2016 class is now open.
To apply, please select the “Apply” Tab Above.

OPEN TO US CITIZENS, US PERMANENT RESIDENTS, AND INDIAN CITIZENS

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2015

Selection Process and Criteria

The selection process for the Fellowship is designed to identify candidates with an interest in serving India, the maturity and flexibility to work and live effectively in India, the experience to make meaningful contributions to NGOs and social enterprises in India, and the leadership potential to become leaders on development issues.

Candidates must meet the following basic eligibility criteria to apply for the Fellowship:

• Be a citizen / permanent resident of the United States or citizen of India
• Be between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1, 2015
• Complete an undergraduate degree prior to September 1, 2015

The selection criteria for a successful Fellow include the following attributes:

• General knowledge of the development field and development issues in India
• Ability to demonstrate a humble appreciation of other cultures and circumstances, and a willingness to acclimate to these differences
• Thoughtful consideration for the role the Fellowship experience will play in their life
• Ability and willingness to independently and creatively find ways to be helpful at their host organization
• Flexibility and adaptability to challenging living and working conditions
Indian language skills are not required, but considered a highly valuable asset

 

Please read our FAQs to learn more about the application process and get answers to commonly asked questions about the program.

Questions?

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