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American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship 2023-24

American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship

American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship 2023-24

 

About American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship 2023-24

 

We believe that cross-cultural partnerships give rise to innovation. The American India Foundation’s (AIF’s) Banyan Impact Fellowship is an interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals from India and the U.S. in service with development organizations in 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. Since 2001, AIF has selected, trained, and supported 512 Fellows and 218 partner organizations to scale impact, catalyze change, and build the next generation of socially-minded change makers. AIF provides Fellows with a living stipend, health insurance, professional development, mentorship, and programmatic benefits to enable their service. Selection of Fellows includes a written application and an interview, followed by matching with potential partner organizations for projects.

 

In addition to providing fellows with mentorship, networking opportunities and resources for leadership development through The Banyan Impact Fellowship Program, AIF also presents its fellows with an additional professional development platform: The Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute (VLI). This addition built as a result of an association established with Atlas Corps in 2021 furthers AIF’s mission of strengthening the US-India goals by expanding the organization’s investment in the leadership development of tomorrow’s global leaders.

 

The VLI is an online leadership development program that focuses on the three themes of developing self, developing others, and leading movements, while also strengthening connections between the AIF Fellows and the global Atlas Corps Community. This five-month online program includes sessions with keynote speakers, interactive workshops, self-led activities, discussion groups, and community-building activities with U.S. organizations and leaders. Participants, also known as Scholars, will also work on individual leadership projects that benefit the communities or organizations where the Scholars work.

 

Our Fellowship is a 10-months interdisciplinary program for future leaders to exchange and refine their leadership skills while working in diverse thematic areas in India’s development sector. Candidates with a passion for cross-cultural learning and social impact are encouraged to apply before Jan 31, 2023 via the following link: https://aiffellowship.smapply.io/

 

 

PROGRAM DATES

 

September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

 

 

WHO ARE THE FELLOWS?

 

The Fellowship recruits consist of young professionals from India and the U.S., between 21 and 35 years of age, with remarkably diverse professional and personal backgrounds, who bring a passion for community based development. AIF selects, trains, and places these individuals directly with partnering implementation organizations across India. Fellows serve through contributing their efforts and skills to developing ongoing initiatives, as well as strategizing new projects for the host organizations. To review previous Fellow bios and placements, please check www.aif.org/fellowship/fellows.

 

 

AIF’s Selection Criteria for Fellows Include:

 

 

*  Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, or Indian Citizens.

*  Applicants must be young professionals between the age of 21-35 by the program start of September 1, 2023.

*  Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor’s or other undergraduate degree before the program starts on September 1, 2023.

*  Applicants must be willing and able to serve on the ground in India for the full duration of the program.

*  Applicants must be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the program.

*  Applicants must bring both skills and experience, as well as an eagerness to learn with host communities on the ground.

*  Applicants must be willing to learn a local language if required for the project.

*  Applicants must be committed to enriching learning opportunities for the fellowship community and positively contribute to building U.S.-India bridges of understanding and partnership during their time of service and after.

 

Aapply before Jan 31, 2023

 

For more details and Application process refer the Official Website

 

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