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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 develop as a change agent in the society.


In our Fellows, we are looking for leaders to join a movement towards educational equity. For that, 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, grit and have a high bar of excellence 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 program, 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 2021, and this must be your first application to the 2021 cohort of the Teach For India Fellowship.


The Teach For India Fellowship is a 2-year, full-time, paid commitment to teach in an under-resourced classroom in a government or low-income private school. 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 and is necessary to make the impact we wish to have on student achievement.


Teach for India currently has approximately 900 Fellows, teaching across 7 cities and 3000 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 Fellows are teaching approximately 32,000 children in these cities.


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 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.


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.


Teach For India Fellows are placed in 1st 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 Fellows teach in English medium classrooms.


Teach For India Fellows will be placed in low-income schools in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune. 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.


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 training from in-house trainers.


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.


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 organisation, 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.


Our 3,000 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 corporations 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.


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 and selection process, please see Application FAQs below. If you have additional queries, write to us at apply@teachforindia.org.


Visit apply.teachforindia.org to apply to the Fellowship.


The online application is designed to let you complete various sections in your own time before you submit the final version. The application form is automatically saved as you enter information. The Fellowship Selection team will review your application only after you submit the form along with the online test. They will not look at your application while you are still working on it.


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 and we will get back to you within 48 hours.


(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 2021. 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 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. 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 and Location: The Fellowship is a 2-year, full-time, paid commitment to teaching and living in one of our placement cities (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune) starting May/June 2021. 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 classrooms 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.


Based on the educational qualification, you can select one of three or four grading systems on the application form, that is, Percentage, GPA, CGPA or Grades. Check which grading system is most relevant to you for each educational qualification, and then fill in the required information.

For example, if your institution uses Cumulative Average (CGPA) as its measure for academic achievement and your cumulative average is 8.0/10.0, select CGPA as the grading system, and then fill in “8.0” as the Score and “10.0” as the 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, enter an average of your scores from all your previous years at college. Note that if you are accepted onto the Fellowship program, we will need documentation in the form of mark sheets or transcripts for your educational qualifications, and other documentation for professional experiences.


The essays are your chance to tell us about yourself and your interest in 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. 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. Ensure that you have checked your essays for spelling and grammar errors as well as ensure that you have answered each question fully. We recommend that you draft your essays offline before proofreading and then copy-pasting them onto the application form, to ensure that the essays you submit are of the highest quality.


Based on the date that the application form is submitted, you will be a part of one of our four application rounds. An applicant can apply only once during each selection cycle. Hence, be sure that you submit your best and also complete the online test within 72 hours (3 days) of submitting the form.

Our four application deadlines for the 2021 Fellowship Program are:

Round 1: Sunday, September 6th, 2020, 10:00 PM IST

Round 2: Sunday, November 8th 2020, 10:00 PM IST

Round 3: Sunday, January 17th 2021, 10:00 PM IST

Round 4: Sunday, March 14th 2021, 10:00 PM IST


Based on the date that the application form is submitted, you will be a part of one of our four application rounds. An applicant can apply only once during each selection cycle. Hence, be sure that you submit your best and also complete the online test within 72 hours (3 days) of submitting the form.

Our four application deadlines for the 2021 Fellowship Program along with the outcome dates for each are:

Round 1:

Deadline Date: 6 September 2020

Application outcome date: 16 September 2020

Round 2:

Deadline Date: 8 November 2020

Application outcome date: 20 November 2020

Round 3:

Deadline Date: 17 January 2021

Application outcome date: 28 January 2021

Round 4:

Deadline Date: 14 March 2021

Application outcome date: 24 March 2021


Teach For India will send a Section 80G Income Tax Exemption receipt of your donation to the address you mention the in donation form or to the email address you provide within 2 weeks. [for Indian citizens only]


Donations to Teach For India can be made both online and offline. You can donate online by credit card/debit card/net banking using our secure donation page. You can donate offline by making a cheque in the name of “Teach To Lead” along with a cover letter stating your full name, address, PAN and the purpose of your donation ( eg. Towards Sponsor a Fellow, Fellow BTCP) and mailing to the following address:

Teach For India

Attn: Development Team

Godrej One, 2nd Floor

Pirojshanagar,Eastern Express Highway,

Vikhroli (East),

Mumbai - 400 079, India


Currently, the following 3 agencies collect donations on Teach for India’s behalf:

  1. Give India

  2. Global Giving

  3. United Way


Yes, Teach For India (registered as Teach To Lead) has a certificate for Tax Exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. All donations to Teach For India are 50% exempt from tax under Section 80G. The tax exemption 80G is applicable only for donations made by Indian citizens / entities eligible for this exemption .


Yes, Indian citizens residing abroad can donate in the following currencies:-

US Dollars

For any queries related to this, please reach out to us via email on donate@teachforindia.org


All donors making donations in USD should donate directly to our US partner, Friends of Teach For India and NOT donate on the main TFI website. Friends of Teach For India (EIN 47-3725301) is based in New York City and is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All donations to Friends of Teach For India are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

If you would like to donate to Friends of Teach For India, please visit www.friendsofteachforindia.org.


Yes, foreign nationals can donate online to Teach for India. For further queries please write to donate@teachforindia.org


Yes. The entire amount is allocated to the Fellow’s Be The Change Project.


The payment gateway charge is about 3-5% and is deducted by CCAvenue.


Your donation will be used towards the Fellowship, the alumni program, the projects in the innovation cell and/or the operation costs to fuel these programs in any of the 7 cities (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune )that Teach for India operates in.On an average Teach For India spends 13 % of funds raised on administration and the remainder on programmatic expenditure.


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 utilisation report.


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.


For more details or any further assistance please email us at donate@teachforindia.org

You can also contact us at our Mumbai office:

Teach For India

Attn: Development Team

Godrej One, 2nd Floor

Pirojshanagar,Eastern Express Highway,

Vikhroli (East),

Mumbai - 400 079, India


Yes, please contact at: +91 22 25194283, 25194284 and ask for someone from the development team.


Teach For India partners with individuals, foundations and corporations. To discuss how we can partner with you or your organization, please write to us at donate@teachforindia.org