AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship 2021-22
  • November 1, 2021 - July 2, 2022

For 20 years, AIF has been sending a cohort of dedicated young people on a journey of service for impact, building a “living bridge” between India and the US. At the cusp of the program’s third decade, AIF is seizing the moment to rebrand the program to reflect the mission, vision, and values moving into the next decade of action. We are thrilled to announce that the AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship is now the AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship.

Affirming that they are the generation to end extreme poverty, combat climate change, and conquer injustice, the Banyan Impact Fellowship build upon the past 20 years and lead for the next 20 as a true catalyst for change. The Banyan Tree is a symbol of strength, resilience, and interconnectedness. They believe that it serves as a powerful metaphor for mobilizing a collective, cross-generational force towards sustainable impact. The process of the Banyan Tree spreading its roots, which over the course of time become trees of their own, is such a strong representation of how we want to see this program growing. Each step, each effort, and each individual becoming an agent of positive change, coming together as an ecosystem to support and amplify each other’s impact.

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The Banyan Impact Fellowship is an interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals from India and the U.S. in service with communities across India. Through collaboration and capacity-building, Fellows and local communities exchange knowledge and skills to steer projects that advance social and economic development. Fellows learn about grassroots development and inclusive leadership. They encourage young change-makers who are passionate about social impact and ready to get to work to apply for this year’s inaugural cohort.

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.

Benefits

  • Professional growth through service, fieldwork, and conferences in a cohort model
  • Matching, training,mentoring, and professional development through AIF
  • Monthly living stipend; round-trip airfare; program-related travel in India
  • Health and accident insurance; 24/7 emergency, medical and travel support; access to certified Fellowship counselor
  • Visa support (for U.S. applicants)
  • Basic language training (if required)
  • Access to professional development resources during and after the program
  • Access to network of 500+ Alumni worldwide

Eligibilities

  • U.S. citizen, Indian citizen, or U.S. permanent resident
  • Between 21-35 years old on November 1, 2021
  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) by November 1, 2021
Eligible Regions: U.S. citizen, Indian citizen, or U.S. permanent resident

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

Please find answers at https://aif.org/fellowship/faq/ first before contacting AIF. If you require any support with the application, email [email protected] Please enter the subject line, "Applying as an AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship." Given the volume of emails they receive, please be mindful that replies may take longer than usual.
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