The Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship is an opportunity for working professionals to immerse themselves in the public education system of the country for a period of one year. During this time the Fellows work at some of the most remote locations in India, exploring the nuances of public education by teaching in a government school in rural India. 

The Fellowship journey, as experienced by many, is a rich amalgamation of learning about education, contributing on the ground as well as transforming careers. This experience helps develop an understanding of the ground realities of our public education system and provides a platform to contribute.





The Fellowship is open to working professionals from diverse fields who are committed to social change. If you are doing exceptional work in your field of choice and are now looking for meaningful ways to contribute to social change, do read our eligibility criteria and apply.


Fellowship application for 2020-21 is closed now. We will open application for next batch in June 2020.



The Fellows will receive a monthly salary of Rs.35,000/- Taxes and statutory deductions will apply. Details of other benefits are available in the FAQs.

Reflections from the ground

  • My journey as a fellow

    When I reflect back on my time in the fellowship, I realise that the most valuable thing I have learnt in the past few months is “learning by doing”. One of the core principles of the fellowship is building one’s own capacity. ...Read More

Inspiring stories from the government school system in India

Our Fellows

Rachana Patwardhan
Programme Manager, Field Institutes

Education: M.Sc. in Zoology, Manasa Gangotri, Mysore

Previous role: Research assistant in Centre for Wildlife studies, Bangalore

Fellowship changed my perspective towards society and showed me how to be part of solution. It has helped me grow personally and professionally by exploring the depth of my potentials. Anyone with a desire to be part of a social change should experience the Fellowship Programme.

Ankush Jindal
District Institute Nainital, Uttarakhand

Education: Master’s Degree in International Hospitality Management from Institute Vatel, Nîmes, France

Previous Role: English Teacher, Society for Motivational Training and Action (SMTA) Primary School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

The First month has been like a roller coaster ride. It has been eye opening to meet the teachers, the functionaries, engaging with the community. It made me realize that two government schools a few kilometers away from each other can differ in so many ways –whether it is infrastructure, teachers, appearance, children –everything. And the most important factor that causes this difference is the teacher. For me personally that was the highlight, to understand the centrality of a teacher’s role. It has been a learning journey so far and I look forward to the next one year.

Madhubanti Das
District Institute Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh

Education: Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Calcutta, West Bengal and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, West Bengal.

Previous Role: Senior Research Analyst at Nielsen India Pvt Ltd

I believe in the power of ideas and each time a child is eliminated from the access to quality education, new ideas get silenced before they can bloom. I joined the Fellowship in a quest to understand the nature of this ‘quality’ and how we can attain it through creating alternative learning spaces within the mainstream of Government Primary School Education. The Fellowship programme is rigorous, robust, and relevant in its structure. It has given me a space where I can read and discuss theories and my own set of ideas and opinions with my peers within the Foundation, take those to the ground, re-examine them during actual experiences, defend them when presented with counter-arguments, and many a time, reject my opinion to form a new one.

Yogesh G R
District Institute Sangareddy, Telangana

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications, Post Graduate Diplomas in Rural Management and Business Administration from SCDL, Pune

Previous Role: Senior Delivery Manager at Wipro Technologies, Chennai.

I joined the Fellowship on a quest to find answers about Education. The journey showed me how irrelevant those questions were! New questions arose. Various platforms in the field such as teaching practices, school visits, workshops, interaction with children, teachers and community gave me an insight into education. Reflecting on those experiences, helped me not only in developing various views on teaching learning processes but also understand myself better.

Sumithra Vasudevan
District Institute Puducherry

Education: B.Tech in Biotechnology, VIT

Previous role: Value educator instructor in Chinmaya International School, Coimbatore

For anyone who is passionate to work for the society through education, the Fellowship is the right platform to learn and grow. It is after joining the Foundation that I began to recognize the role of a Government school teacher as that of a social change agent. Having interacted with the children, the need has become very clear. Knowing that my work can benefit them is my source of motivation.