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  • A P J Kalam
  • Rattan Tata
  • Desai
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Mr. Ratan Tata

Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons


“Each one of you who participates in this would probably be doing far more in that year than you may have the satisfaction of doing in five years in another kind of profession.”

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Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

Former President of India


"What would you like to be remembered for?"


Dr. Manibhai Desai

Founder, BAIF


“Unless we go and build a viable program for rural population who are facing starvation, who are facing hunger, you cannot create a better India”


"It's terrific that such talented young people are committing themselves to work in rural areas."

- Lise Grande, Former UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

Find Your Passion. Realise Their Dreams.


SBI YFI offers a wide range of projects that cover the entire gamut of rural development. Fellows can either choose to work on an existing project or can implement a new project in a focus area of the partner NGO. SBI YFI ensures that necessary support and guidance are made available to the fellows.

Presently, fellows are working on a variety of projects at 32 locations across 9 states of the country.

Browse through the 12 program areas to know more.

Freedom to Chart Your Own Journey

Our Programme

The SBI Youth for India Programme has been uniquely designed to assist you to transition into a rural environment, assess the ground realities and identify a project which combines your interests, the strengths of the partner NGO and the needs of the community.

This lets you chart your activity plan such that it brings about maximum impact.



  • Young Professionals or Fresh Graduates
  • Age 21-32 (as on date of commencement of programme)
  • Indian citizen


Shortlisted candidates are notified on an ongoing basis during the application period. We continuously engage with shortlisted applicants over an online forum to get to know them better as well as clarify their doubts regarding the Fellowship.


Interviews shall be conducted in major metro cities or virtually for applicants based outside India.

Background Research

You will have access to further material about the programmes of our partner NGOs. You will research, read and familiarize yourself with these to be able to decide on your preferred programme area and partner NGO.

Programme Details

  • 13 months
  • 2 cohorts commencing in August and October 2017
  • Full-time
  • Requires you to stay in rural areas near the project site

Week 1-2: Orientation & Training

A carefully designed orientation and training programme sensitizes you to the rural ethos, introduces you to rural project management techniques and equips you to handle the challenges you might face. It consists of both classroom sessions as well as field visits.

Key topics to be covered :

  • Leadership and team building skills
  • Project Design & Management
  • Need Assessment
  • Questionnaire Design
  • Impact Analysis
  • Writing case-studies
  • Documentation methodology

You will be assigned a project in accordance with your interest/skill sets and the requirements of the partner NGO.

Week 3-6: Location Familiarization & Project Formulation

  • Location Familiarization & Project Formulation :
  • You will move to your project location where the partner NGO will assist you in finding suitable accommodation.
  • You will be assigned a local mentor to help you in addressing logistical and administrative challenges that you may face
  • A domain mentor will provide guidance, perspective and expertise to assist you in formulating and implementing your project.
  • Guided Deliverables:
  • Prescribed list of activities to acquire a detailed understanding of issues in your project location
  • Interaction with all stakeholders in and around the project location
  • Brief assessment of the work done by the Partner NGO in the project location
  • Identification of a gap, idea generation, and project formulation
  • Project Formulation:
  • With your domain mentor, you need to define the desired outcome with achievable milestones

Month 3-11: Project Implementation, Periodic Monitoring, Review Workshops

This is the implementation period of the fellowship, where the Fellow shall attempt to achieve the defined milestones. Through regular feedback and 2 intermediate review workshops, you shall be provided with necessary guidance and support.

Month 12-13: Documentation of Project Work, Handover, Valediction

At the end of the programme, you need to document your project work with the learning from the project.

The Fellowship will conclude with a valediction amd the award of a Certificate of completion.

Fellowship Support

  • Stipend: Rs 15,000/- to meet living expenses
  • Local Transport Allowance: Rs 1,000/- per month
  • A Readjustment Allowance of Rs. 30,000/- upon successful completion of the Fellowship
  • To and fro travel costs of the Fellows from his/her place of residence to project location as well as for training programmes
  • Medical Insurance
  • Mentorship by experienced professionals in the field
  • Access to the Community through well-established Partner NGOs
  • Linkages with premier organizations of the country

Post Fellowship

After completion of the Programme :

  • 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.












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Application for the SBI Youth for India Fellowship Programme

The Applications for the SBI Youth for India Fellowship 2017-18 is closed. Please write to in case you want to be notified when the application for the next Fellowship batch opens.

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