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WELCOME to the 2019-20 AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India!
Submit your application by January 31, 2019.
Open to U.S. Citizens, Indian Citizens, and U.S. Permanent Residents only.
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. Founded in the wake of the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of more than 4.6 million of India’s less fortunate and aims to reach 5 million by 2019. Learn more at
AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is shaping the next generation of leaders committed to impactful change, while strengthening the pillars of civil society through cross-cultural partnerships to meet India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2001, the AIF Clinton Fellowship has been a strong model of SDG-17: Partnerships for the Goals. As we collectively strive for a more equitable society in our globalizing world, the importance of strong and respectful cross-cultural collaboration grows every day.
AIF’s Clinton Fellowship is an immersive volunteer service program preparing and dispatching young professionals to support development organizations in India. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects for a period of 10 months from September to July. The AIF Clinton Fellowship selects and vets organizations from within AIF’s vast partner network to host a Fellow. Fellows support AIF’s partner organizations at a crucial moment of scalability by meeting their human resource and organizational needs. Together AIF, Fellows and host organizations form dynamic cross-cultural partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills, build capacity, and foster learning and collaboration to fulfill our joint commitment to improve the lives of India’s most marginalized communities. Through service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of inclusive leadership in development in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health. Responsibilities vary based on the needs of AIF’s partner organizations, project goals, as well as Fellows’ skill sets and interests.
Applicants must:
• Be a U.S. or Indian citizen, or a U.S. permanent resident;
• Be between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1, 2019;
• Have completed at least a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree by September 1, 2019.
We seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds and fields, both professionally and personally. The scope of development sector work is vast and requires a diversity of skill sets, qualifications and interests – thus this reality is reflected in the Fellowship cohort we select each year. Whether you have a background in performing arts, biology, computer science, fundraising, engineering, medicine, teaching, communications, social work, finance, consulting or any other discipline and feel drawn to our mission and work, we strongly encourage you to apply!
Candidates should demonstrate a deep interest, passion, and commitment to social and economic development in India. Candidates must show humility and an eagerness to contribute and learn within a cross-cultural context. Ideal candidates possess strong professional skills, relevant volunteer or other practical experience, and applicable academic credentials or training. They demonstrate a visible commitment to service and are entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in finding solutions in often under-resourced organizational and geographic environments in the development sector.
Watch this video to learn more about the application process. Questions? Find answers here.

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