At the end of the fellowship, our fellows develop a more holistic approach towards growth and development

The SBI Youth for India fellows work on diverse projects in 12 broad thematic program areas, which cover the entire gamut of rural development.

Environmental Protection
Food Security
Rural Livelihoods
Alternate Energy
Traditional Crafts
Social Entrepreneurship
Self Governance
Women's Empowerment

With the ground support of our PARTNER NGOs

Freedom to Chart Your Own Journey

The SBI Youth for India Fellowship has been uniquely designed to assist your transition into a rural environment. It ascertains that the process of assessment of ground realities, identification of a project that combines the need of the community, your interest and the strengths of the NGO.

The application process commences in the first quarter of the year. Filling up an application form is the first stage of the process. Application for the year 2021 – 22 is open now.

The candidates shortlisted in the 1st phase ie. Online Application will be notified on an on-going basis during the application period. In the 2nd phase ie. Online Assessment, a series of screenings such as the essay section will be conducted and the 3rd and final phase is the Selection Board Interview which will be conducted in major cities. Learn more about the Application Process through this video

We will constantly be in touch with the candidates shortlisted in the final phase over an online forum to know them better as well as clarify their doubts regarding the fellowship.

The candidates will be given access to documents related to NGO program areas and description. You will research, read and familiarize yourself with these to be able to decide on your preferred programme area and partner NGO. As the fellowship is divided into two cohorts, August and October, your cohort will be decided during this phase.
The fellowship is a 13-month long full-time commitment. It commences with an orientation where SBI Youth for India team along with partner NGO officials and development experts will familiarize and introduce the fellows to the concepts of rural development. This is the time when the fellows will be allocated their NGOs, project locations and mentors. To know more about the journey, click here
After completion of the Program:
  • You can continue in the rural development sector with NGOs or explore social entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • You can pursue further studies or other fellowships.
  • You can return to the mainstream and apply your learning to develop products and services more suited to Rural India.
  • More than 70% OF OUR ALUMNI have continued to work in the development sector
Far from the madding crowd..
  • Jun 3, 2017

As per an article about Food and Nutrition in India in the United Nations Food Programme published in 2016, our country is home to over one third of the world's stunted (chronically malnourished) children. Around 38.7 per cent children under five years of age fall in this category. These statistics propelled three Fellows to work on malnourishment in their home states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Living in the fire and haze
  • - By Amrita Bhattacharya

The forests in and around the area I live in Uttarakhand Pithoragarh Berinag Forests is on fire for close to a month, only now I have seen some posts in the media about the devastating fires that are raging in Uttarakhand. Reportedly nearly 1900 hectares of forest land has been destroyed and the fires still continue to rage engulfing the region in a haze of smoke.