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

Fellow Speak

  • Madhubanti Das
    District Institute Dhamtari

    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.

  • Ankush Jindal
    District Institute Nainital

    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.

  • 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.

  • Rachana Patwardhan
    Field Institute, Azim Premji Foundation

    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.

  • 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.