Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF)

Industry Leaders + Visionary Civil Servants = Large Scale Impact

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A program for professionals in leadership positions to stimulate systems change by driving large scale government programs through the power of state administrative ecosystem.

About IAF

Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF) is an 18-month program for high achievers from diverse sectors to impact millions of lives by extending the reach and efficiency of large scale government programs under the guidance of visionary civil servants.

The program targets to provide a platform for professionals to partner with the administration for extensively strategising and implementing current and envisaged programs for attaining sustained progress across state-level indicators.

What we offer

Platform to touch millions

Bringing high achievers and visionary civil servants to collaborate on high-impact government projects

Extensive Development

Access to training & mentorship by India’s most inspiring industry leaders & administrators

Transition to Dev Sector

An opportunity to move to the development sector by gaining context and experience

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Application Process

Round one

Applications Open

Deadline - 15th Dec

Submissions of applications for the fellowship

Round TWO

Shortlisting & Interviews

Third week of Dec

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews

Round three

Final Shortlist

Fourth week of Dec

The final list of selected fellows will be announced


Register your Interest for the program

We will be announcing the inaugural cohort soon.
Until then you can register your interest & stay updated.


Problem areas that await resolve

The fellows shall be working across sectors to provide sustained and scalable solutions for

Rural Development & Panchayati Raj

Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

Health &
Family Welfare


Primary & Secondary Education

Women &
Child Welfare

Agriculture for poverty & livelihood

Social Welfare

Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Regional Development Boards


helping build a better tomorrow

Partner Quotes

How many lives can we live in our single life? This was the question which made me take the role after exiting redBus. I wanted to experience the life of working for our country by being a part of the Govt. I am glad I made that decision. Not only could I affect a permanent change that I could call mine, but also I could gain valuable insights and relations that are so helpful in my professional career later.

Phanindra Sama

Cofounder, Redbus and former CIO, Govt of Telangana

We cannot deal with our diverse and complex problems without focusing on fixing the basics and investing in public infrastructure. In the digital age, infrastructure no longer means just roads, bridges and highways but also digital platforms that create the conditions for innovation at scale.

Nandan Nilekani

Co-founder and Chairman, Infosys and Founding Chairman UIDAI(Aadhaar)


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Who is eligible to apply?

High performers with 10+ years of achievement and capabilities in problem-solving, influencing, and leading large initiatives with successful outcomes. A relentless drive to provide sustainable and scalable resolve for India's wicked problems through innovation, persistence and alliance.

What is on offer for the fellows?

The fellows shall have access to:

i) Learning Bootcamps - The fellows shall be undergoing an extensive curriculum curated to build capacity for efficient comprehension, formulation and execution of programs/projects during the fellowship.

ii) Expert advice and mentoring - The fellows will be mentored and supported by a pool of subject matter experts, researchers and mentors.

iii) Stipend - Each Fellow will receive a nominal stipend of up to Rs. 20 lacs p.a. for the duration of the fellowship.

iv) Impact showcase and accreditation - The fellowship concludes with a showcase ceremony featuring senior administrators, notable leaders from the development sector and other corporates with a formal accreditation by the government.

What happens during the 18 months?

Fellows will work closely with the civil servant on executing to agreed goals of the assignment. The/Nudge will constantly support the learning and development of Fellows through mentors, training and networking opportunities whilst a common associate pool will be available to the fellows for research, operational & procedural assistance.

What happens post the fellowship?

The fellows shall be provided pleasing assistance for transitioning with befitting roles in the development sector.

What would be the fellow’s position in the government?

All fellows would be officers on special duty with the government but the formal engagement shall be as a consultant with The/Nudge.

What is the support on offer from the mentor bureaucrat (associated civil servant)?

The mentors will be the person in charge of the performance of the projects and the fellows will be provided with administrative and operational management to plan and execute the project efficiently.

What additional support systems and networks will the fellows get access to?

The fellows will be provided with a team of associates who would be supporting for research work and also assisting passively in operational & procedural aspects.

What happens if the mentor bureaucrat gets transferred or the project is halted/terminated?

The fellow shall remain on the project assigned and will be working subsequently with the incumbent official. For cases of any one terminated projects, the fellows shall be working across different projects to support the progress of the department as a whole.

How much travel should one expect during the fellowship?

While fellows will be based out of the Secretariat as the primary office, it would be expected to intensively travel to the various districts, often at short notice.

What happens if a fellow has to leave the project mid-term?

Fellows will be required by contract to serve for a period of 18 months. However, if unavoidable circumstances require an early termination, they will be required to serve a notice period of 2 months, or reimburse The/Nudge for the stipend in lieu of notice period.

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