Young India Fellowship | Class of 2020-21
The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies. The Fellowship brings together a group of 300 bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country, and trains them to become socially committed agents of change.
Application to The Young India Fellowship Programme does not require an application fee.Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria to apply for the YIF are:
- A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline
- Maximum of 28 years of age on 31st May, 2020
- Strong academic record and extra-curricular engagement
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
The application process for the Class of 2020-21 will open on August 20th, 2019.
Given the unique nature of the programme there is no specific type of profile for a Young India Fellow. However, the following points are being presented to give a broad idea of what we look for. A Young India Fellow could be someone who has:
- A deep-rooted ambition to solve problems and make an impact on society
- Passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications
- The humility to believe that they need to learn more
- The willingness to think differently and chart a new course
- A demonstrated ability to overcome challenges
- Qualities of integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative and open-mindedness
- An above-average academic record
What is the Young India Fellowship (YIF)?
The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies. The Fellowship brings together a group of 300 bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country, and trains them to become socially committed agents of change. YIF exposes them to a diverse set of subjects and perspectives, delivered by some of the finest teachers and practitioners from India and around the world.
The aim is to help Fellows become well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service. YIF is delivered in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science SEAS, University of Michigan, King’s College London, Carleton College, Sciences Po, University of California Berkeley, Trinity College Dublin, Yale University and Wellesley College. Students from all disciplines are welcome to YIF; engineers, designers, commerce graduates or literature enthusiasts are all mentored into reaching their full potential. The aim is to help Fellows become well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically from multiple perspectives
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Ashoka University is committed to offering a world-class education in India, at a fraction of the cost. This is matched by efforts to ensure that this education is accessible & affordable for students from all walks of life. This is made possible through our need-based Financial Aid philosophy.
The grants awarded to Young India Fellows are in the form of Merit Scholarships & need-based Financial Aid. The Merit Scholarship is a fixed amount given to all Young India Fellows, whereas need-based financial aid is the additional financial support provided, based solely on the financial standing of the family.
Our endeavour is to provide the necessary financial support which can help you bridge the gap between the cost of the programme and your ability to pay.
Ashoka University’s generous Financial Aid policy has helped support 71% of our Young India Fellows who have received some form of financial grants.
Of these students, 51% have received partial tuition waivers while 49% have received full aid.
Fee Structure for YIF Class of 2019-20
*Meals on actuals/Refundable depositsFinancial Aid Brackets
Financial Aid Categories for YIF Class of 2019-20
|Merit Scholarship/Financial Aid||Amount Waived (INR)|
|Merit Scholarship on Tuition||50,000|
|25% Waiver on Tuition||1,78,750|
|50% Waiver on Tuition||3,57,500|
|75% Waiver on Tuition||5,36,250|
|100% Waiver on Tuition||7,15,000|
|Exceptional Aid on Tuition & Hostel||9,00,000|
Refund Policy on Withdrawal of Admission from the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University
- The last date of the admission process of the Young India Fellowship (Ashoka University’s PG Diploma in Liberal Studies) is 25th June, 2019.
- In case of withdrawal of candidature, the candidate will be refunded a certain percentage of their deposited fees depending upon the date of their withdrawal.
|Date of Withdrawal||Refund Percentage|
|Before 10th June, 2019||100%|
|Between 11th June and 9th July, 2019||80%|
|Between 10th July and 25th July, 2019||50%|
|After 26th July, 2019||0%|
- An additional amount of 10% shall be deducted as processing charges from the above applicable refundable amount.
- All refunds will happen within 2 to 4 weeks from the date of request for withdrawal of admission.
- To read the University Grants Commission Notification on “Remittance and Refund of Fees and other Student Centric Issues”, which was approved by commission in its 519th meeting held on November 15, 2016, please click here