Our one-year fulltime Fellowship Programme: 

The Programme provides opportunities to build understanding on how change in education can happen. Fellows will build this understanding through hands on teaching experience, engaging in educational dialogues and by directly participating in a range of activities designed to bring change.

Fellows will be posted in the rural districts of the six states and one Union Territory that we work from. They are expected to commit to a life which is seemingly rough but very rewarding. During the Programme, they will gain important and exciting insights into  the lives of the people of that terrain. Living and pursuing such a life is integral to the change. Fellows will be posted in the interior districts of Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttarakhand.

Fellowship Experience

  • Hands-on teaching experience for 150 days at a Government school in the block of a district

  • Understand the ecosystem of a school, engaging with the teachers, community and education functionaries

  • Explore issues of education through reading, writing and dialoging with colleagues

  • Get mentored by experienced members of the Foundation


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

  • 4 to 10 years of rich work experience. Candidates with excellent academic and professional track record are encouraged to apply

  • A regular post-graduate degree (e.g. M.B.A, M.Sc., M.A) or a professional degree (e.g. B.Tech, B.E, LLB, CA)

  • Proficiency in English and any one of the local languages (Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu)

  • Maximum age for applying is 35 years

Exception on work experience criteria can be made for candidates who have studied in premier institutes.

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

What happens after the Fellowship?

More than 84% of our Fellows have chosen to continue working with the Foundation in various critical roles. Many others have chosen to go out and create a network where they will engage with the society and bring about  social change. They continue to engage in social discourse and highlight the challenges of the people working with the government education system. This can in turn allow for a gradual change in the educational policies and the societal mindset.


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)

Fellowship Experience

Leader Speak

  • Abhishek Singh Rathore
    State Head, Madhya Pradesh

    Fellowship is a dream come true for people from non-education background. It offers vast pool of opportunities to learn and contribute to public education system of the country. It is a journey full of bumps, surprises, adventure and frustrations yet, one can expect to find lot of joy and happiness.

  • Joy Jayant Chowdhury
    District Leader, Raigarh

    Life often calls out to us to contribute for social change, so come with us, join hands. Trust yourself, it is possible and we need people like you…this Fellowship program is not a profession, it needs commitment, dedication and passion for social change.

  • Kailash Chandra Kandpal
    State Head, Uttarakhand

    Everyone wants to contribute to the society and when it is in the form of a Fellowship, it is a dream come true. The Fellowship gives you an opportunity to understand role of education in social change in a better way as it changes your educational and social perspective.

  • Jagmohan Singh Kathait
    Leader, Garhwal - Uttarakhand

    For those who wish to create new paths and are in search of a meaningful life, the Fellowship is a good start. It offers ample opportunities to look at things from different perspectives, understand your potential and contribute.

  • Yogesh GR
    District Leader, Sangareddy

    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.

  • Anchal Chomal
    Leader, Institute for Assessment and Accreditation

    It is an opportunity to fulfill that one dream that you never found the time for. It will definitely change your life. It is an eye opener that would make you experience the real issues of education in India and teach you how to address them meaningfully.

Fellow Speak

  • Shreya Battacharjee
    District Institute Jaipur

    Education: M.B.A in Finance, Pondicherry University

    Previous role: Business Analyst at Goldman Sachs Pvt. Ltd and KPMG, Bangalore

    The Fellowship has been a soul-searching journey for me. The varied experiences of working alongside stakeholders in public education over the course of the Programme has been extremely enriching and rewarding, both personally and professionally.

  • 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.

  • Mohammed Muzaffar
    District Institute Dehradun

    Education: M.Sc in Biochemistry, Aligarh Muslim University

    Previous role: Project manager in Net Funda technologies Pvt. Ltd., Noida

    If you are looking to contribute to the society and are not hesitant to spend some part of your life away from the numbness of the city, then this is the right place for you. You will get to understand the education sector closely and will get the freedom to think of and implement new ideas. You should apply to the program to get a feel of the society in the rural areas and I am sure you will not look back. I worked in the IT sector for about 5 years. There was job satisfaction but something was missing and I felt that I could do something for the society I live in.

  • Rachana Patwardhan
    District Institute Ballari

    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.

  • Priyadarshini GS
    District Institute Puducherry

    Education: M.A-English and Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

    Previous role: Educational Specialist at Educational Initiatives in Bangalore.

    Education is elemental in bringing about any sort of progress within oneself or in the society. Having spent some years working in the theoretical aspects of it, I was seeking some experience in its practical application, especially, among rural government schools; something that was more meaningful to me. The experience I have had so far has been truly enriching in helping me gain a better understanding of education in our society and has also transformed me for the better.

  • Malavika Rajnarayan
    District Institute Yadgir

    Education: Master of Visual Arts in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara

    Previous role: Full-time artist based in Baroda, Gujarat.

    I joined the fellowship programme because of my interest in understanding how education systems work and why they have so many problems. I also enjoy working with children and wanted to work in a context that was outside metropolitan urban cultures. As an artist, I also wanted to re-examine my own arts practice from this context. The Fellowship is a rigorous and fulfilling Programme for those who are open to learning; it's a profoundly humbling and a humanizing experience.

  • Avina Kalla
    District Institute Jaipur

    Education: Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Jai Narain Vyas University

    Previous role: Lecturer at St. Wilfred College in Jaipur.

    It is a platform that gives immense opportunity to explore each and every avenue of human society and an inter relativity with education scenario. It is a journey of discovering the individual potentials to unfold the dilemmas existing in society. It is an experiential pathway of breaking the ‘Aura of Knowing the world around you’ and captivates towards comprehending and reflecting on existing social, political and cultural disconnect.

  • Priyadarshini Yadav
    District Institute Dhamtari

    Education: M.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark

    Previous role: Energy Consultant at BioEnergi Tonder ApS in Tonder, Denmark.

    The Programme has helped me see the kaleidoscope of ground reality. Everything for me now is like a question which can be answered only through deeper understanding and experience. When I face a conundrum about certain social issues (which you all will as a Fellow), I try to explore and understand them instead of being quick to judgement. The work we do as a Fellow is incredibly meaningful with tangible, real world impact in the schools, the teachers, the students and the community that we work with.