About the Fellowship

The William J. Clinton Fellowship Program is now the Banyan Impact Fellowship.

The AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship is an immersive volunteer service program that places young professionals from the US and India in service with communities across India for ten months for mutual learning, capacity building, and leadership development in support of social justice. Fellows work on projects closely linked to Sustainable Development Goals and create sustainable impact through service and fieldwork across diverse thematic areas such as education, public health, livelihoods, social inclusion, minority rights, Dalit and tribal rights, climate justice, LGBTQ+ rights, gender, arts, sports, CSR, and many others.

The program aims to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive and sustainable change and creating a lasting U.S.-India relationship by broadening the existing constituency of future leaders, civil society and other stakeholders.

History   The Change

CFP Reach: Fellows 490; Partners 214; States 25

SUPPORTING CHANGE MAKERS

The Fellowship creates a community of socially engaged, global citizens dedicated to positive change. Fellowship Alumni have traditionally applied their leadership in the areas of international development, education, social entrepreneurship, technology, business, academia, journalism, public health, human rights, and others. Together they represent a collective force for sustaining a long-term agenda dedicated towards change in India, the United States, and beyond. The AIF Clinton Fellowship provides a renowned platform to develop the skills, resources, and network needed to become an inclusive and socially-minded change maker.

INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Fellows support AIF partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability by meeting their human resource and organizational needs through skills-sharing, training, and capacity-building. Responsibilities vary based on a Fellow’s skills, experience, and interests. Previous projects have included: program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, graphic design, videography, data collection and visualization, developing digital content, event planning, qualitative and quantitative research, creative writing, curriculum design, fundraising, teaching, training teachers, community organizing, managing information systems, and marketing and communications.

Each Fellow is paired with a project supervisor at the host organization and with AIF staff member for support throughout the project. During the selection process, we take note of the skill sets and career aspirations of potential Fellows to match them with appropriate AIF partner organizations.

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