The Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship is an opportunity for working professionals from diverse fields, who are looking for meaningful ways to contribute to social change.

The Fellowship journey, as experienced by many, is a rich amalgamation of learning about the public education system in our country, contributing on the ground as well as building a career
in the social sector.

During the programme, Fellows will get an immersive experience of the real India, with an in-depth learning about education, and an opportunity to contribute to a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.


During the 1-year programme, Fellows work at some of the most remote locations in India, exploring the nuances of public education in close association with government schools in rural India. They spend a minimum of 120 days in the programme in a government school classroom. Fellows are placed in a school in one of our locations, where, apart from teaching they also engage with teachers, community and education functionaries.


The Fellowship year provides an opportunity for the Fellows to “learn by doing” what education really means. Fellows spend their time reading and understanding ideas related to education. They discuss opinions with their peers within the Foundation, take these ideas to the ground, 
re-examine them during actual experiences, defend them and many a time reject long held opinions.

They experience teaching in classrooms and interacting with children, teachers and community. They also get to observe Teacher engagement forums at the Block level through participation in different kinds of workshops. All of this helps them build their understanding of not only schools and teachers but also of the society they are in.


In the past years, our Fellows have joined us from organizations like NIAS, KPMG, Ernst and Young, Infosys, and Jindal, - from sectors like IT, Consultancy, Infrastructure, Power, Development, Finance, and Research. They come with proven track record in the corporate world that can be leveraged in the Fellowship experience, to contribute to a greater good in the longer term.

Once the year of Fellowship comes to an end, Fellows can continue to work with us in a variety of roles at the grass root level. The Fellowship can culminate into a long-term career possibility with the Foundation. We need passionate and committed individuals to work with us towards our vision of a just and
equitable society.

From previous batches, more than 80% of our Fellows have decided to continue working with the us and contribute to the public education system. They have been placed in one of our District Institutes. Many of them have gone on to build their careers in various key roles in the organization.

Eligibility Criteria: If you are doing exceptional work in your current field and are now looking for meaningful ways to contribute to social change, do read our further criteria below and apply.

  •  4 to 10 years of work experience
  •  A 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

Message from CEO

Application to the Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship 2021 is closed

Fellow Speak

Sujatha Raavi
Sadashivpet Project Coordination, Sangareddy, Telangana.

While I have always believed that education lies at the heart of social change, the fellowship gave me the opportunity to experience, firsthand, how the public education system can truly seed and nurture social change. It has not only added to my knowledge but also honed my skills as a reflective practitioner.

joined Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship in 2012

Firoz Shaikh
Khurai Block Coordination, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.

When I look back at my fellowship journey, I often think about how it not only enabled me to grow professionally but impacted me at a deep personal level too. The experience put my life and its purpose into perspective. I continue to learn and grow every day as I contribute my bit towards strengthening the public education system.

joined Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship in 2014

Amit Mishra
State Recruitment, Rajasthan.

The fellowship journey was extremely challenging because it brought me face to face with deep-rooted issues in our country especially in the education system. My message to everyone who is feeling the ‘urge’ to make a ‘difference’’ is that the Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship is a great first step in this direction.

joined Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship in 2014

Nitika Banhani
Fellow, Khargone, Madhya Pradesh.

The fellowship helped me question my own biases and gave me a different lens to look at education and the role it plays in our lives. It wasn’t just intellectual but through deep engagement with the public education system.

joined Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship in 2020