The Fellowship

As a Teach For India Fellow, you will have the opportunity to impact the future of India's children while gaining the leadership experience to find your purpose and fuel your career.

“We need driven, passionate people leading classrooms— educators who can motivate, inspire and enable our children to be the best they can be.”

Shaheen Mistri

Founder & CEO, Teach For India

Why be a Fellow?

The Fellowship will help you do more and be more:

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Find your purpose:
Develop an awareness of how poverty and inequity impacts children in India; and your role in it.

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Become a leader:
Build concrete leadership skills such as stakeholder management, planning, envisioning, execution and reflection in challenging environments.

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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.

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Drive change:
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

Where you teach

  • 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.

What you do

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:


230 Alumni
Ayushi Arora - SEWA Cooperative Federation
Irfan Lalani - Code to Enhance Learning
Pallavi Ganju - Red Bricks Schools
Sahil Ratra - Adani Wilmar Ltd.
Tejas Mehta - Central Square Foundation


320 Alumni
Anmol Agrawal -
Anna Maria Geogy - Lead by Design
Neeraj Doddamane - Shikshalokam
Pushpa Thantry - Akshara Foundation
Sitara Chandran - Christel House


450 Alumni
Arun Maruthi Selvan Ramasamy - Stir Education
Bharadhwaaj Lakxminarasiman - Ramana Vidyalaya
Kassanndra Rasquinha - Zoho Corp
Maya Kizhakkekalam - Navadisha Montessori Foundation
Murali Mallikarjunan - The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab


1190 Alumni
Akanksha Ghai - Education Initiatives
Rupika Chahal - CMIE Fellow
Sanya Sagar - Global School Leaders
Tabassum Khan - Delhi Judicial Services
Vipul Goyal - Faculty of Management Studies


480 Alumni
Amarapali Sharma - SVP India
Nilanjana Choudhuri - NewGlobe Education
Sai Pramod Bathena- Alokit
Santosh Dinne - Svatah Foundation
Sriharsha Ganti - Kakatiya Governance Fellowship

Madhya Pradesh

Palak Chandak - The Education Alliance, Bhopal
Shaan - Wedu, Bhopal
Smriti Gupta - Aspirational District Fellow, NITI Aayog, Chhatarpur
Upasana Sachdeva - Peepul, Bhopal


Jagnoor Grewal - Punjab Govt., Punjab
Roopala Saxena - Government of Haryana, Chandigarh


920 Alumni
Manasi Mehan - Saturday Art Class
Harsh Swaminarayan - Freelancer
Dhruv Pandey - The Education Alliance
Shalini Datta - AfterTaste
Sharukh Taraporewala - HDFC Bank


990 Alumni
Adhir Garg - Citibank
Nupur Hukmani - Jawahar English Medium School
Rachana Kaur Gothra - Bansuri Foundation
Sohan Mutha - Raintree Foundation
Tiasha Banerjee - Adhyayan


10 Alumni
Anandita Roy choudhury, KPMG
Asmita Sarkar, Transform Schools, People For Action
Ketkee, Ekalavya Foundation
Dipon Deb, EkTara
Hiranya Riju, LEAD School, KPMG

Other cities

Jesmine Kalita, Guwahati - Porisoi
NTR Swamy, Madurai - Shiv Nadar Foundation
Prahlad Chakma, Changlang - Indian Foundation For Education Transformation
Shireen Rizvi, Lucknow - Medhavi Foundation
Venkatesan Krishnamurthy, Vilupuram - LEAD School

Outside India

Rahul Jayaprakash, MMM 2022 Candidate at Kellogg School of Management
Aarushi Singhania, Geneva - World Economic Forum
Poonam Shukla, Kathmandu - Sattva Nepal
Vidushi Manarya, London - University College London
Rigzen Wangmo, Cambridge - Harvard Graduate School of Education