American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellowship


The AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship is a fully funded, interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals from India and the U.S. in service with communities across India. Through collaboration and capacity-building, fellows and local communities exchange knowledge and skills to steer projects that advance social and economic development. Fellows learn about grassroots development and inclusive leadership through fieldwork, mentorship, and conferences over the course of the program.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be either U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or Indian citizens. 
  • Be between the ages of 21-35 and have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of the program.
  • Be willing and able to serve in India for the full duration of the program. 
  • Be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the program.
  • Have skills and experience as well as an eagerness to learn from host communities.
  • Be willing to learn a local language if required for the project. 
  • Be committed to enriching learning opportunities for the fellowship community and positively contribute to building U.S.-India bridges of understanding and partnership during their time of service and after.

How to Apply