Applications have been invited for Young India Fellowship’s Class of 2015, the fourth edition of the multidisciplinary fellowship that helps foster academic, social and business leaders of the future.

The latest batch, which will begin sessions in June next year, will again reap the benefits of YIF’s continuing association with academic partners, the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania and top international Liberal Arts colleges, Sciences Po, France, and Carleton College, U.S.

YIF Dean Pramath Raj Sinha, the founding Dean of the Indian School of Business, said it was exciting the programme was entering its fourth year. “YIF has now well and truly proved itself with Fellows being offered admission to the likes of institutions as Oxford and Wharton and placements at the World Bank, McKinsey & Company, Amnesty International and WWF,” Dr. Sinha says.

YIF offers a rolling admission process, split into two rounds. Admissions opened on September 5 and will close on February 28, 2014. Round one admission will close on December 15.

“It’s prudent for an applicant to apply as early as possible in a rolling admission process because, as the admission process rolls on and Fellows keep getting selected in the earlier round, the number of seats available for the later rounds keeps reducing,” Deputy Dean, and Admissions Head, Anunaya Chaubey, said.

YIF offers partial scholarships to successful applicants through Full Tuition and Half Tuition Scholarships. For the first time this year, an application fee of Rs. 1,000 will be charged. An application fee waiver is offered to applicants whose parents’ combined annual income is Rs. 2 lakh or less.

Last year, there were 18,676 registered applicants for the programme, up more than 60 per cent on 11,586 the year before, and almost three times the number in the inaugural year. The YIF Admissions Board oversaw 500 in-person interviews last year. This year, as in previous years, for Round 1, applicants’ personal interviews will be held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, while all in-person interviews for second-round applicants will be held in Delhi. For details, visit www.youngindiafellowship. com