Welcome to the 2020-21 AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India
FELLOWS: Applications for the 2020-21 cycle are closed. They will reopen for the 2021-22 cycle in October 2020, so stay tuned! 

HOST ORGANIZATIONS: Apply now to host an AIF Clinton Fellow this year!
Submit your application by March 15, 2020. (extended deadline)

We believe that cross-cultural partnerships give rise to innovation. The American India Foundation’s (AIF’s) William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals 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 471 Fellows and 208 partner organizations to scale impact, catalyze change, and build the next generation of socially-minded change makers. To review previous projects, please look at our Yearbook here. 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 in-person interview, followed by matching with potential partner organizations for projects.
September 1, 2020 – July 2, 2021
The Fellowship recruits consist of young professionals from the U.S. and India, between 21 and 34 years of age, with remarkably diverse professional and personal backgrounds. AIF selects, trains, and places these individuals directly with development 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 read here.
Your organization must have a registered office in India in order to host an AIF Clinton Fellow. All Host Organizations go through a selection process that including a written application, an interview, and an evaluation visit. Only strong applications that demonstrate a robust 10-month project with clear deliverables and goals, as well as a sound sustainability plan post-Fellowship, will be given the opportunity to interview prospective Fellows in Spring 2020. To learn about how we select Fellows and place them with partner organizations, watch this video.
AIF’s Selection Criteria for Host Organizations Include:
  • Organizations must be implementation organizations working directly with communities and beneficiaries.
  • Organizations must demonstrate that they are at a crucial moment of scalability, and are currently looking to either expand or deepen their impact and reach in the intended community.
  • The proposed project must align with the mission and values of the organization, as well as the mission and values of the American India Foundation and the AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India.
  • Since 2018-19, half of the Fellowship placements are in rural areas. We are looking to expand our rural outreach in the coming year, and welcome applications from all regions of the country.
  • Organizations must identify a member of the leadership of the organization who is willing and able to supervise the Fellow for the 10-month project. This individual must have demonstrated experience in the development field.
  • The organization should demonstrate that there are the required resources necessary to sustain and replicate the project post the completion of the Fellowship.
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. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with non-government organizations to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. AIF’s programs emphasize inclusive models that focus on the unique needs of girls and women to achieve gender equity as a basis for sustainable change. Founded in the wake of the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, at the initiative of President Clinton following a suggestion from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor by providing access to high-quality education, formal sector employment for urban youth and rickshaw drivers, and public health services to protect the health of mothers and their children, while building the next generation of global leaders through service. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives across 24 states of India with 322 implementation partners - addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at www.AIF.org.
Once you have completed the application, an AIF representative will be in touch for further evaluation and information after the deadline. If you require any support with the application, please email fellowship@aif.org directly. Please enter the subject line, "Hosting an AIF Clinton Fellow." Given the volume of emails we receive, please be mindful that replies may take longer than usual.