INLAKS Shivdasani Foundation announces INLAKS Shivdasani Fellowship for Social Engagement 2024, Apply now


INLAKS Shivdasani Fellowship 2024 for Social Engagement – Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation invites applications for INLAKS Shivdasani Fellowship for Social Engagement for bright young Indian graduate students. Interested candidates can check out more details such as important dates, eligibility criteria, application process and more on INLAKS Shivdasani Fellowship for Social Engagement 2024 from the post below.


About the Fellowship

  • Due to economic pressure, the norm in India is for young graduates to join the workforce immediately, which inhibits sufficient self-exploration and often leaves young people with little space to develop critical thinking and a broader view of the world. This impedes many talented individuals from engaging with society in a meaningful way.
  • The Inlaks Shivdasani Fellowship for Social Engagement will give graduates and early to mid-career professionals the confidence and security to explore alternatives and make independent choices about their lives while contributing to social change. The fellowship aims to increase participation in public life among young people while encouraging them to challenge the status quo.
  • The fellowship will give young people the opportunity to work with a mentor of their choice and involve themselves in a process where knowledge drives social change.


Important Dates

  • Applications Process : Ongoing
  • Applications Close : 15th January, 2024


Eligibility Criteria

  • Up to 12 fellowships will be awarded across the following two categories:
  • 1. Graduates – born on or after 1st January 1994 are eligible to apply for the 2024 fellowship and must have a bachelor’s degree; and
  • 2. Early to mid-career professionals – born on or after 1st January 1989 are eligible to apply for the 2024 fellowship and must have at least 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Equal consideration will be given to candidates from urban and rural areas. The applicant for this award must be an Indian citizen currently resident in India.
  • Those enrolled in academic studies/PhD for the duration of the fellowship are not eligible to apply.


Fellowship Award

  • Depending on the geographical location of the fellow, the fellowship stipend will be as follows:
  • 1. 45,000 per month if the fellow is living and working in a “X” category area.
  • 2. 35,000 per month if the fellow is living and working in a “Y” category area.
  • 3. 25,000 per month if the fellow is living and working in a “Z” category area.*
  • (Please note that the final stipend amount is at the foundation’s discretion).
  • In exceptional cases, additional funding up to a maximum of Rs. 20,000 can be granted for special projects undertaken by a fellow. This will be approved on a case-by-case basis upon submission of a proposal describing the particulars of the said initiative and the expenses involved.
  • The fellowship will last for 2 years subject to satisfactory completion of a probation period and quarterly and annual review of the fellows’ work. The probation period will be for the first 6 months of the fellowship. The stipend will be disbursed every quarter in advance. The stipend is subject to timely receipt of quarterly reports in which fellows self assess their progress. These reports will be reviewed and commented on by their mentor before submission. A separate half yearly report from mentor will be required as well.


Application Process

  • The application process is designed to facilitate an easy understanding of your candidature and to assess whether your vision is aligned with the fellowship. Please answer all the points listed below or your application may not be considered. Applicants are expected to submit the following five documents:


  • A title of the proposed work along with a concise description of the work or research the applicant plans to undertake during the fellowship period.
  • The expected outcomes of the work or research.
  • The work plan should not exceed 1000 words.


  • How does your work plan contribute to social change?
  • How do you plan to contribute to the public discourse on your chosen issue? You could employ any medium such as writing for publications, publishing reports, filmmaking, photography, blogging, archiving, theatre etc.
  • The statement of purpose should not exceed 1000 words.


  • A brief description of the mentor’s work experience.
  • Mentor’s contact details (email and official address).
  • A statement by the mentor as to why they endorse the applicant’s work plan.
  • The mentor must also state that they agree to supervise the applicant’s work during the fellowship period, as well as indicate their willingness to review and comment upon the applicant’s quarterly and annual progress reports.


  • A letter from a person who has supervised the applicant’s work for at least 6 months. This cannot be the same person as your mentor.
  • For fresh graduates an academic letter of recommendation is acceptable.


  • Application form is available HERE

For more details and apply please visit the official website