The Teach For India Fellowship is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising individuals, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from underserved communities in some of the nation’s most under-resourced schools.
Through this experience of teaching in classrooms and working with key education stakeholders like students, principals and parents, the Fellows get exposed to the grassroot realities of India’s education system and begin to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to attain positions of leadership in education and identify their role in building a wider movement for educational equity in the country.
The Fellows transform the life paths of children in their classroom, and in turn, transform themselves towards leadership in educational equity.
The Fellows are placed as full-time teachers, for 2 years, in government or low-income private schools.
They teach English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, in English, across Grades 1 to 10. Teach For India Fellows teach in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.
- Teach For India Fellows will be paid a salary of Rs. 20,412 per month.
- If required to relocate from their home city,
- Fellows will be given a housing allowance ranging from Rs. 5,300 to Rs. 10,000, depending on the city in which they will stay. In addition, Fellows will receive an allowance for school supplies.
Why should I join Teach For India?
- Teach For India offers you the chance to make a real difference in tackling one of India’s most pressing challenges — educational inequity.
- By presenting you with one of the most difficult challenges of your life, the Fellowship will help you develop leadership skills that are critical in today’s dynamic global work environment.
- The Fellowship gives you an opportunity to become a part of the solution and develop as a change agent in the society.
Who do Teach For India look for?
- In the Fellows, they look for leaders to join a movement towards educational equity.
- Aside from passion and commitment to the movement, they look for leadership potential that can develop through the two-year Fellowship.
- The Fellows must possess skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, grit and have a high bar of expectations for themselves and others.
- They must demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders, along with academic excellence.
- They look for diversity in the cohort.
- The Fellows come from across the world representing over 300 college campuses and companies, with varied life experiences, expertise and professional experiences.
- The cohorts include college graduates, working professionals, and entrepreneurs.
- In order to be eligible to apply to the Fellowship, you must be an Indian Citizen or an Overseas Citizen of India, you must have graduated with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree by June/July 2022, and this must be your first application to the 2022 cohort of the Teach For India Fellowship.
- Note that prior teaching experience is not necessary to apply to the Teach For India Fellowship.
- They provide rigorous training to all Fellows to set them up for success in their classrooms.
- Minimum Qualification: You must have completed all coursework required for your undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree equivalent) from an accredited college or university by the last week of May 2022. Your degree transcripts (graduate/postgraduate certificates) will be reviewed before an admission decision can be taken. Applicants must also pass any coursework indicated in their transcripts at the time of the interview.
- Nationality: You should be either an Indian citizen or a foreign national of Indian origin. Foreign citizens who are not of Indian origin are not eligible to apply.
- English Fluency: You should be fluent in the English language, as Teach For India Fellows will be placed in English-medium classrooms and will be expected to teach in and attend training sessions conducted in English.
- Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply for Teach For India Fellowship.
Note to Foreign nationals of Indian origin: For more information on the OCI card, please go to the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs. To apply for the OCI card, visit the Online OCI Registration Form. They recommend applying for the OCI card as soon as you have made the decision to join the Fellowship, as it takes approximately 1-3 months to receive the card.
The Teach For India Fellowship is a highly selective and coveted program, with a selectivity rate between 6% and 8.5%. Through the 3-staged process, they select the highest potential candidates into the Fellowship.
- Stage 1 – The Application Form and Online Test: Your application form will help them understand your experiences, your motivations to join Teach For India and why you would be a strong fit for the Fellowship. Your application includes a 1-hour online test, which focuses on your situational judgement and English language abilities. This must be completed within 72 hours after you submit the application form. Your application will be considered complete only after you submit the test.
- Stage 2 – The Phone Interview: After they have reviewed your application form and online test results, they may have some additional questions for you. If so, you will be invited to attend a 30-minute phone interview. They will ask follow-up questions to gather further information that will be helpful in the evaluation.
- Stage 3 – The Assessment Centre: If successful in your Application or Phone Interview, they will invite you to the Assessment Centre, which is the final stage of the selection process. At the Assessment Centre you will participate in several activities, which may include teaching a 5-minute lesson, a group activity with other applicants, and a short problem solving activity. You may also be invited to an hour-long personal interview with a Teach For India community member.
For more information, visit https://apply.teachforindia.org/