AIF Banyan
Impact
Fellowship

Who are the host organizations?

AIF has a network of existing partners who have hosted AIF Fellows in the past, and welcomes new partners to apply each cycle. Potential partner organizations must have a registered office in India in order to host an AIF Fellow, and may not have religious or political affiliation. All Host Organizations - existing and new - go through a rigorous selection process that includes a written application, an interview, and an evaluation visit (for new partners). Only strong applications that demonstrate a robust fellowship project with clear deliverables and goals, a solid local support structure, as well as a sound sustainability plan post-fellowship, will be given the opportunity to interview prospective AIF Fellows in the Summer of 2022.

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AIF’s Selection Criteria for Host Organizations Include:*

  • Organizations must have a registered office in India, maintain an active FCRA certification, and follow a non-political, non-religious mandate.
  • Organizations must be implementation organizations working directly with communities and beneficiaries.
  • Organizations must have non-discrimination, equal employment, anti-sexual harassment, and child safeguarding policies in place.
  • Organizations must demonstrate that they are at a crucial moment of scalability, and are currently looking to either expand or deepen their impact and reach in the intended community.
  • The proposed project must align with the mission and values of the organization, as well as the mission and values of the American India Foundation and the AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship.
  • Since 2018, half of the fellowship placements are in rural areas. We are looking to expand our rural outreach in the coming year, and welcome applications from all regions of the country.
  • Organizations must identify a member of the leadership of the organization who is willing and able to supervise the Fellow for the fellowship project. This individual must have demonstrated experience in the development field.
  • The organization should demonstrate that there are the required resources necessary to sustain and replicate the project post the completion of the Fellowship.

*Organizations should consider proposing projects that can be completed in a virtual capacity if the ongoing situation in light of COVID-19 requires it.

Thematic Areas

  • Arts
  • Climate Change
  • Education
  • Human Rights and Gender Equity
  • Livelihoods
  • Public Health
  • WASH
  • Sports

About AIF

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. AIF is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with non-government organizations (NGOs) to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 in the aftermath of the devastating Gujarat earthquake by the Indian diaspora in the U.S., AIF has impacted the lives of 6.7 million of India’s poor. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF is transforming lives across 26 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at www.AIF.org

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