Eligibility Criteria

Any student who has graduated from the following programmes at Ashoka University (or will be graduating before the start of the MTF) and is either already working in or entering a full-time career in social impact is eligible to apply for the MTF:

  • Young India Fellowship
  • MA programmes (including MLS)
  • Ashoka Scholars Programme
  • Undergraduate Programme

The applicant could be working at an NGO, social enterprise, development think tank, development consulting firm, or starting their own organization. As long as there is a clear social impact goal that the organization and the applicant’s role aspires to achieve, you are eligible to apply – the mode of achieving that impact can be varied.

The MTF programme is not open to academic research, independent projects that do not require a full-time commitment, part-time or consultant based roles, and roles/organizations that do not have a clear social impact motive.


Selection Process

MTF is looking for exceptional individuals who show the potential to push boundaries, take on complex challenges, and ask difficult questions. We are looking for candidates who exhibit the values that the programme stands for in their actions.

The selection process is extremely rigorous and divided into three stages. Stage one comprises of the online application form. Applicants shortlisted in stage one then go through a 30-minute screening phone interview. Applicants shortlisted in stage two are then invited for the final stage of the selection process that takes place at Ashoka University over a span of 5-days. All shortlisted candidates must be present in person for the final round to be considered for the Fellowship.

Final decisions will be sent latest by June 15th, 2018. A call for an interview does not guarantee the award of the Fellowship; the selection committee takes into account many criteria when selecting Fellows and their decision is final. Our focus is on finding the right candidates who exhibit the highest potential to benefit from the programme. Upto a maximum of 20 Fellowships are awarded in each cohort.


Important dates

  • Applications open – April 1st, 2019
  • Applications close – May 5th, 2019
  • Stage two: Phone Interview – May 6th-12th, 2019
  • Stage three: In-person Selection – May 23rd-26th, 2019 (These dates are subject to change by a few days. Applicants will be informed about any changes in advance)

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