Founder & CEO, Teach For India
Why be a Fellow?
The Fellowship will help you do more and be more:
Find your purpose:
Develop an awareness of how poverty and inequity impacts children in India; and your role in it.
Become a leader:
Build concrete leadership skills such as stakeholder management, planning, envisioning, execution and reflection in challenging environments.
Join our movement:
Become part of a movement of 4,500+ Alumni across India and countless more globally and find lifelong partners in this work.
Don't just talk about the India you envision. Build an India free of poverty and filled with love.
Who are our Fellows?
140,000 people have applied to the Fellowship, and 4,500+ have completed the two-year programme. Our Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, streams and age groups spanning over 500 colleges, universities, and over 300 companies.
Recent graduates and postgraduates from diverse degrees and Institutions:
Professionals pivoting from Corporate jobs :
Some of the diverse institutions that recent Fellows come from:
Some of the companies that professionals come from:
Our Fellows are carefully chosen through a rigorous selection process. Apply to the Fellowship if:
You are someone who believes in an equitable, excellent education for all children.
You demonstrate leadership potential and openness to learning.
You are not afraid to set bold and ambitious goals.
You demonstrate courage and problem-solving abilities.
You work in collaboration with diverse people towards shared goals.
The Fellowship Experience
You will be placed as a full-time teacher in an English medium government or affordable private school.
You will be located in one of 8 cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai or Pune.
You will be placed in a grade 1-10 classroom and teach between 40 and 80 Students.
You may be a class teacher, teaching all subjects, or a subject teacher teaching specific subjects like English, Maths, Social Studies or Science.
The medium of instruction will be English.
You will learn and practice leadership as you serve your Students and navigate the very real challenges of India's inequity.
As you work closely with other teachers, parents, school staff and your Students, you will learn to listen deeply, empathise, and build strong relationships.
As you envision a bold, new future for your children, you will learn to dream big for yourself and others.
As you plan for students at different levels with a wide range of needs and interests, you will learn advanced planning, organisational and time management skills.
As you learn to teach Students to learn in ways that meet their varied learning styles, you will discover a range of communication, management and team skills.
As you see your Students' progress, you ask what you might have done better in and beyond class. You will learn to reflect deeply and make meaning of every challenge and opportunity.
Your Fellowship Journey
Your journey starts with a residential training Institute, where you learn the skills and mindsets to be teachers equipped to teach in an innovative, reimagined way.
You are then placed as a full-time teacher in a school that serves Students from low-income communities.
You learn through experiences in and beyond class. You reflect on your experiences alongside peers and your Program Manager, who supports you and on-the-ground training.
After your first year, you can choose to do a summer internship where you explore a new dimension of educational equity.
In year two, you continue to teach and learn. You also build entrepreneurial skills through a Be The Change project, where you focus on a barrier in education that you would like to solve.
Towards the end of your journey, you engage with a career fair, where you are supported to find a job at the intersection of your purpose, passion and educational equity.
After the Fellowship
Our Alumni study and work across India and around the world. See a few examples of the diverse careers Alumni work in below: