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 a proven track record 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 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)
  •  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

Applications for the Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship 2022 are closed now.

Fellow Speak

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

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