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FELLOWSHIP FAQs
How can I apply to the Teach For India Fellowship?
Click Here to Apply now for the 2017 Teach For India Fellowship
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 Program gives you an opportunity to become a part of the solution and a change agent in the society.
Who are we looking for?
Teach For India is looking for potential Fellows who have exhibited academic proficiency, demonstrated leadership, strong organizational skills, hold a graduate degree and are inclined to make a commitment to the community. Students and professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree at the time of joining the Fellowship are invited to apply. Please Click Here to go through all the eligibility criteria in detail.
What does the Teach For India Fellowship entail?
The two-year commitment is necessary to make the impact we wish to have on student achievement. In the first year, Fellows will refine their teaching skills and will start to establish respect and trust among various stakeholders within the school community and the students. This will allow Fellows to achieve significant academic gains for students and to implement their community/school project in the second year. Furthermore, Teach For India is looking for leaders who are willing to commit to long-term change and have the perseverance to work hard in challenging situations. In this context, the two-year commitment is but a small step towards long-term reform.
How many Fellows does Teach For India currently have?
Teach for India currently has approximately 1250 Fellows, teaching across 7 cities and 1500 Alumni. In 2015, Bengaluru became a part of Teach for India’s placement cities adding to our existing presence in the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Teach For India Fellow are teaching approximately 45,000 children in these cities.
What are the profiles of Teach For India Fellows?
Teach For India Fellows are a diverse group of people, brought together by their past achievements and their passion to eliminate educational inequity. They come from diverse backgrounds of colleges such as IITs, IIMs, St.Stephen’s College, St. Xavier’s College, Christ University, Presidency College etc and companies such as Accenture, McKinsey, Mahindra & Mahindra, IBM, Ernst & Young, Schlumberger etc. By joining the Fellowship, you will get an opportunity to work with some of the brightest and most enterprising minds of the country.
How does Teach For India’s approach to teaching differ from traditional approaches?
At Teach for India, we believe that Teaching is Leadership. For our Fellows and Students to be leaders, we focus on building skills and mindsets through our Leadership Development Journey. The LDJ takes Fellows through 8 milestones in which they explore where their classroom is on the Student Vision Scale, where they are on the Fellow Commitments Scale, what Competencies they need to work on and which Opportunities they can avail of to work on those. This is a cycle to build reflective practice throughout the journey. The Student Vision Scale defines the kind of Academic Achievement, Values and Mindsets and Exposure and Access our students need to have path-changing learning and make them student leaders. The Fellow Commitments Scale defines the three commitments, to Personal Transformation, to Collective Action and to Education Equity that all of us in the movement need to be leaders who will go on to eliminate educational inequity in the country.
Which standard will I be teaching and what will be the medium of instruction?
Teach For India Fellows are placed in 2nd to 10th standard classrooms where they teach all major subjects — including English, Mathematics, Social studies and Science with the exception of regional languages. Although the mother tongue is helpful in interacting within our communities, it is not a necessary prerequisite as our schools are English medium.
Where will I be teaching?
Teach For India Fellows will be placed in low-income schools in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. All Fellows will be required to reside in one of these cities during the period of the Fellowship. If you are unable to do so, please note that we will expand into more cities in the upcoming years, and hope to be in 10 cities and their surrounding rural areas within the next 5 years.
Will I be trained adequately before I start teaching?
Teach For India will work relentlessly to ensure that all Fellows have the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their students towards achievement. The Teach For India Fellowship begins with a five-week residential training program. Here, Fellows are exposed to curriculum, lesson planning, and classroom facilitation and student assessments among other modules, sessions and keys to successful teaching. Additionally, each Fellow will have a mentor in the form of a Program Manager whose primary responsibility is to guide Fellows to become effective teachers and leaders. Additionally, Teach For India will also provide ongoing technical trainings from in-house trainers.
How much will I be paid during the Fellowship?
Teach For India Fellows will be paid a salary of Rs. 17,500 per month. If required to relocate from their home city, Fellows will be given a housing allowance ranging from Rs.5500 to 10,000, depending on the city in which they will stay. In addition, Fellows will receive an allowance for school supplies.
How will the Teach For India experience help me grow professionally?
Teach For India strongly believes that excellent teachers employ the same skills as excellent leaders in any field. Spending two years in the classroom will help Fellows develop leadership skills such as organization, communication, problem-solving in an unstructured environment, people management and resourcefulness that are valuable in any sector. Teach For India will select Fellows who have demonstrated excellence in the past and will work with them throughout the two-year Fellowship to ensure that they take advantage of the experience to become extraordinary future leaders.
What options will be open to me after the Fellowship?
Teach For India's fifth cohort of Fellows graduated in April, 2015. Our 1500 Alumni are now spread all over the country and abroad in jobs ranging from consulting to education startups; and as students in top universities such as Harvard, Cornell, Chicago Booth, Columbia and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Teach For India supports its Fellows to pursue their individual career interests by training and mentoring them and striving to build relationships with top schools, universities, NGOs, and corporate throughout the country. Teach For India has already established close ties with HDFC, Godrej Industries, Harvard Business School, IIM Bangalore, ISB, McKinsey & Company, Tata Consultancy Services, Columbia Law School, Ernst & Young and the Thermax Group, among many others.
If I can’t apply to the Fellowship now, can I apply at a later date?
Teach For India will accept applications for the Fellowship every year. If you are unable to consider joining the Fellowship at this time, we welcome you to consider applying for the Fellowship in the subsequent years. However, before making the decision, please write to us apply@teachforindia.org and we would be glad to address your concerns and see if we can make it work for the upcoming year. For questions on the Application Form and Selection process, please see Admission and Application FAQs below. Please email us at apply@teachforindia.org if you have additional queries.
APPLICATION FAQS
How can I save the application form?
The online application is designed to let you complete various sections in your own time before you submit the final version. Please ensure that you click on “Save and Proceed” button at the bottom of every section before moving on to another section. The Admissions team will only review your application once you submit it. They will NOT look at your application while you are still working on it.
In spite of registering, why have I not received an email yet?
We are sure our system is completely compatible with email services such as Gmail and Yahoo. However, there are certain email services such as Hotmail that have a highly restrictive email filter and hence, it could be the case that the email we sent did not get delivered to you. We request you to register using a Gmail or Yahoo account.

Also, please check your Spam/Junk folder to ensure the email has not gotten delivered there.
If you have still not received the email, please email apply@teachforindia.org with your registration ID and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
What are the four application deadlines?
We have 4 application deadlines for the 2017 Teach For India’s Fellowship Program. The application deadlines are:
Deadline 1: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 10:00 PM IST
Deadline 2: Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 10:00 PM IST
Deadline 3: Tuesday, December 13th 2016, 10:00 PM IST
Deadline 4: Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 10:00 PM IST
What is the admission criteria to apply to the 2017 Teach For India Fellowship Program?
(a) 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 2017. 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.
(b) Nationality: You should be either (i) an Indian citizen or (ii) 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 Ministry of Home Affairs. To apply for the OCI card, please go to the Online OCI Registration Form. We 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.
(c) Commitment & Location: The Fellowship is a full-time, paid commitment to teaching and living in one of our placement cities (Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru) starting May/June 2017. 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.
(d) English Fluency: You should be fluent in the English language as Teach For India Fellows will be placed in English-medium schools and will be expected to teach in and attend training sessions conducted in English.
(e) Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply for Teach For India Fellowship.
On the application form, how do I enter my GPA/percentage/cumulative average?
Please check whichever measure is most relevant to you, and then fill in both your score and the base from which it was calculated. Please give only one measure. For example, if your institution uses “Cumulative Average” as its measure for academic achievement and your cumulative average is 8.0/10.0, please check “Cumulative Average”, and then fill in “8.0” on Score and “10.0” on Base. If your institution does not calculate any of these measures for you, you will have to calculate the average of the final grades of ALL of your coursework, and fill in the relevant information. If you are currently in your final year at college and hence do not have your final year graduation scores, please enter an average of your scores from all your previous years at college. Please note that if you attend an Assessment Centre, we will ask for copies of your mark sheets or transcripts to confirm the score you indicated.
Why are the essays important?
The essays are your chance to tell us about yourself and your interest for Teach For India. As they are extended answers with no upper word limit, you will be able to use them as an opportunity to demonstrate to us in detail why you are a strong candidate for the Fellowship. Please therefore spend time developing your understanding of Teach For India - by reading our website, watching our short videos, speaking with staff, Fellows or Alumni or reading related articles – as well as thinking about what you want to tell us before writing your response. Please also ensure that you have checked your essays for spelling and grammar errors as well as to ensure that you have answered each question fully. We recommend that you draft your essays off-line before proof reading and then copy-pasting them onto the application form, to ensure that the essays you submit are of the highest quality.
When will I hear back?
You will first hear back from us within two weeks of the deadline that you applied for.
Round 4:
Deadline Date: 7th February, 2017
Application outcome date: 18th February, 2017
Phone Interview outcome date: 24th February, 2017
Assessment centre weekend 1 outcome date: 10th March, 2017
Assessment centre weekend 2 outcome date: 17th March, 2017
Assessment centre weekend 3 outcome date: 24th March, 2017

Round 3:
Assessment centre weekend 1 outcome date: 20th January, 2017
Assessment centre weekend 2 outcome date: 3rd February, 2017
I want to know about Teach For India and the Fellowship program.
Please read through our Fellowship FAQs. You will find all the information you need on the movement and the specifics of the Fellowship program.
How long will it take for me to receive my tax exemption certificate/receipt for my donation?
Teach For India will send a 80 G certificate/receipt of your donation to the address mentioned by you in donation form or the email address provided by you. It will take maximum of 21 working days to send the 80 G certificate/receipt. The tax exemption 80G is applicable only for donations made within India.
How can I donate to Teach For India?
Donations to Teach For India can be made both online and offline. You can donate online by credit card/debit card/net banking using the secure donation page. You can donate offline by making a check payable to Teach To Lead and mailing to the address:
Teach For India
Attn: Development Team
Godrej One, 2nd Floor
Pirojshanagar,Eastern Express Highway,
Vikhroli (East),
Mumbai - 400 079, India
Which agencies are authorised to collect donations on behalf of Teach For India?

At present Teach For India has tied up with the following 3 agencies to collect donations on its behalf:

1. Give India
2. Global Giving
3. United Way
Will I get Tax exemptions on my donations?
Yes, Teach For India (registered as Teach To Lead) has certificate for Tax Exemption under Section 80 G of Income Tax Act 1961. All donations to Teach For India are 50% exempt from tax under Section 80 G. The tax exemption 80G is applicable only for donations made within India. Teach For India will send a 80 G certificate to the address mentioned by you in donation form or the email address provided by you. It will take 21 working days to send the 80G certificate.
Can Indian nationals residing abroad donate online?
Yes, they can, but with their Indian bank accounts only. As long as the source of donation is an Indian account, Teach To Lead can accept donations. Also, donors will get an 80G certificate which may not be relevant while filing tax returns outside India.
Can Indian nationals donate in foreign currency (US dollars, Pounds etc.)?
For questions related to this, please reach out by email to – donate@teachforindia.org
Can foreign nationals donate online?
Foreign nationals cannot donate online. For further queries please write to donate@teachforindia.org
If a donor donates to specific Fellow, will the entire amount be directed to the Fellow for classroom expenses?
Yes, the entire amount is allocated to the Fellow.
What portion of the donation amount is deducted as transaction fees?
The payment gateway charge is about 3-4% and is deducted by CCAvenues.
What will my donation be used for?
Teach For India’s sole project is Teach For India Fellowship program. All donations received on the website may be pooled together and allocated to supporting the movement as a whole depending on the need on the ground.
How can I allocate my donation towards a specific project?
As mentioned above, the only project of Teach For India is Teach For India Fellowship program. But in order for the donors to track their donations, they can participate in Sponsor A Fellow program. For further details on Sponsor A Fellow program, please write to donate@teachforindia.org
Will I receive a fund utilization report for my donation?
All online donors receive a monthly newsletter update on progress of Teach For India movement. Since the donations are pooled together and used for the entire program as a whole, online donors do not receive a fund utilization report.
If I am a donor, can I visit a Teach For India classroom?
You are welcome to visit a Teach For India classroom even if you are not a donor. However school visits require prior permissions to be taken by our Fellows. Please allow a one to two weeks before a visit can be scheduled. You can write to donate@teachforindia.org with your request.
How can I enrol in recurring monthly donations?
You can fill out the Electronic Clearance Service (ECS) form and send it to our Mumbai office address: Teach For India
Attn: Development Team
Godrej One, 2nd Floor
Pirojshanagar,Eastern Express Highway,
Vikhroli (East),
Mumbai - 400 079, India
How do I contact Teach For India regarding my donation?
For more details or any further assistance please email donate@teachforindia.org You can also contact us at Teach For India's Mumbai office.
Teach For India
Attn: Development Team
Godrej One, 2nd Floor
Pirojshanagar,Eastern Express Highway,
Vikhroli (East),
Mumbai - 400 079, India
If I have an urgent request or a problem related to my donation, is there a phone number where I can reach a member of the donor services team?
Yes, please contact at: +91 22 2518 5821, 2518 5823, 6453 0040 and ask for someone from the development team.
How do I make in-kind donations?
Please write to donate@teachforindia.org and give us details of the in-kind donation you would like to make. We will direct you to the relevant Fellow and school where you can directly go and make the donation. Please note, it would be the responsibility of the donor to ensure that the in-kind donations are transported to the school.
If as a corporate, foundation or individual I wish to partner with Teach For India and contribute more, whom should I contact?
Teach For India partners with individuals, foundations and corporations. To discuss how we can work with you or your organization, please write to – donate@teachforindia.org