AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

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About the Program

The AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching skilled young professionals with development organizations across India. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health.

Through collaboration and capacity-building, Fellows, mentors, and civil society leaders form dynamic partnerships to accelerate impact, exchange knowledge and skills, and share a mutual passion for advancing social and economic development.

Application for the 2017-18 Fellowship year open on October 24, 2016 and close on January 16, 2017.

Fellows serve from September 2017 to July 2018 with development organizations across India. The Fellowship includes Orientation and training at the start of the program in September 2017, and additional professional development conferences including Midpoint, Thematic conferences, and an Endpoint conference.

Placements and Responsibilities

Fellows support AIF partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability by meeting their 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 an AIF mentor and a host organization mentor for support throughout the program.

Building the Next Generation of Leaders

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 effective and socially-minded change maker.

Eligibility :Applicants must be U.S. or Indian citizens, or U.S. permanent residents. They must be between 21 and 34 years of age by September 1, 2017. They must have completed an undergraduate degree before September 1, 2017.

What We Are Looking For :Candidates must demonstrate a deep interest, passion, and commitment to social and economic development in India. Candidates must show humility and an eagerness to learn from a cross-cultural context. Ideal candidates have strong professional skills, relevant volunteer or other practical experience, and applicable academic credentials. They show a potential for leadership and must be entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions and navigating unknown environments. Candidates must be flexible and adaptable, and possess exceptional ability to build meaningful relationships across cultures and within the social development space. A sensitivity and ability to work with vulnerable communities, and humility and passion to “learn by doing” is essential.

Although proficiency in an Indian language is not required to apply, it is highly desirable.

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