The Fellowship Journey

  • You will be placed in a school in one of our locations where you will engage with teachers, community and education functionaries.
  • You will be teaching in a dedicated classroom for atleast 150 days. You will also get to experience our work throughout the year. [Learn more about our work here]
  • You will build your understanding by reading and discussing on the issues of education.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome passionate people from a variety of backgrounds. Individuals are eligible to apply if they have:

  • 4 to 10 years of work experience.
  • Degree in any discipline.
  • Proficiency in English and any one of the local languages (Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu).
  • Applicants need to be below 35 years of age, willing to travel within the district and ready to be posted in the districts we work in.

To know more about the Programme we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Post Fellowship

  • Post completion of the Fellowship, Fellows can continue to work with the Azim Premji Foundation in various capacities.

  • We need passionate and committed individuals to work with us towards our vision of a just and equitable society. In the past more than 80% of our Fellows have decided to stay back with Azim Premji Foundation and contribute to the public education system. They have been placed in one of our District Institutes.

  • Many who decided to part ways continue to contribute to the development sector by either working for a not-for-profit or supporting a cause while pursuing their corporate career.

Contact Us

Azim Premji Foundation
# 134, Doddakannelli
Next to Wipro Corporate Office
Sarjapur Road
Bangalore – 560 035
Karnataka, India

Phone: 1800 274 0101 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm)(except on public holidays)

Inspiring stories from the government school system in India

Our Fellows

  • Rajat Sharma
    Resource Person, Dhamtari, Chattisgarh

    Looking back on my fellowship years, I realized the importance of the shift in the line of thinking in education from teacher-centric to child-centric. In this journey, I experienced the many challenges a multi-grade teacher faces and learned about many flawed concepts around us - often constructed by society.

    Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship in 2018

  • Divyashri C
    Resource Person, Yadgir, Karnataka

    In this one year of intense immersion with children and teachers in government schools, I got an opportunity to learn and unlearn the intrinsic nature of public education. The spirit with which both children and teachers keep going, in-spite of many insufficiencies, was such a motivation. I was firmly reminded of my purpose and the role of Education.

    Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship in 2019

  • 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.