The Teach For India Fellowship Program is now open for India’s brightest and most promising youth, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in under-resourced schools.
To build a growing movement of leaders, Teach For India runs a two year Fellowship and supports an unstoppable Alumni movement.
Through two years of teaching and working with key education stakeholders, their Fellows are exposed to the grassroots realities of India’s education system and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to attain positions of leadership in and beyond education, working collectively to build a vibrant movement for educational equity across India.
Teach For India Fellows commit two years, full-time, to providing their students with the opportunities that can put them on a different life path. The Fellowship journey is one of teaching and learning, of working for children while developing your leadership. Their Fellows are on a mission to end educational inequity for their children, and through this, they develop a long-term commitment to multiplying that impact as Alumni.
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.
Each Fellow is assigned a classroom in one of Teach For India’s placement cities, and charged to teach academics, values and mindsets and to give their students the access and exposure they need to reach their personal, long-term visions. Their framework for leadership at Teach For India is called the Leadership Development Journey, and is centered around three commitments:
- The Commitment to Personal Transformation: Exploring who you are, your purpose, and striving to be a better person.
- The Commitment to Collective Action: Building relationships and organizing partners to multiply and deepen their impact.
- The Commitment to Educational Equity: Deepening their understanding of educational equity and committing to attaining it.
- Fellows work on these commitments in and beyond the full-time lab of their classroom, where they relentlessly focus on moving their students towards “path-changing” learning, the highest level of their Student Vision Scale.
Who do they look for?
- In their 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.
- Their Fellows must possess skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, setting and achieving ambitious goals, 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 their cohort. Their Fellows come from across the world representing over 300 college campuses and companies, with varied life experiences, expertise and professional experiences. Their 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 2023, and this must be your first application to the 2023 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 2023. 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.
- 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.
- Commitment and Location: The Fellowship is a 2-year, full-time, paid commitment to teaching and living in one of their placement cities (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune) starting June/July 2023 Fellows will be full-time staff members of the schools in which they are placed and will work stipulated school hours six days a week as well as attending training and support sessions as per city requirements.
- 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.
For more information, visit https://www.teachforindia.org/