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Application Deadline: March 19, 2023
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, our 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.
Our Fellows transform the life paths of children in their classroom, and in turn, transform themselves towards leadership in educational equity.
Our 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 on-ground in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
Given the current reality, we are continuing the blended model of asynchronous and synchronous learning, but as state COVID advisories permit, we have begun returning to classrooms full time.
Who Do We Look For?
- In our Fellows, we look for leaders to join a movement towards educational equity. Aside from passion and commitment to the movement, we look for leadership potential that can develop through the two-year Fellowship.
- Our 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.
- We look for diversity in our cohort. Our Fellows come from across the world representing over 300 college campuses and companies, with varied life experiences, expertise and professional experiences. Our 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. We provide rigorous training to all Fellows to set them up for success in their classrooms.
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, we select the highest potential candidates into the Fellowship.
Stage 1: Your application form will help us understand your experiences, your motivations to join Teach For India and why you would be a strong fit for the Fellowship.
Once the form is submitted, you must complete a mandatory, 25-minute online test, which focuses on 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: After we have reviewed your application form and online test results, we may have some additional questions for you. If so, you will be invited to attend a 30-minute phone interview. We will ask follow-up questions to gather further information that will be helpful in our evaluation.
Stage 3: If successful in your Application or Phone Interview, we will invite you to the Assessment Centre, which is the final stage of our selection process. At our 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.