Accepting applications for IDEX Fellowship - january 2020 Program

Applications Deadline Extended : 15th November, 2019

IDEX is developing the next wave of "social intrapreneurs" who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world!

This Fellowship is for young professionals (21 - 35 years old) from across the globe who want to deep dive into the social impact sector and get first hand experience of working in one of India's most popular and vibrant social enterprise destinations, Bangalore.

Fellows choose a sector of their interest such as Education, Health, Environment and Energy, Women's Empowerment, Livelihoods, Impact Investing etc., to base their full-time placement with an organisation for 6 months in India.  

The program is committed to helping fellows make the transition to social enterprise practitioner by enabling immersive learning experiences and having them ideate, develop, prototype and test solutions in an environment that encourages co-creation and collaboration, all while also learning from peers, resident mentors and sector experts.

In nearly 10 years of running the IDEX Global Fellows Program, we have had the privilege of working with some of the most influential organisations (sneak peek here). We've come to better understand how to bridge the talent gap in this rapidly evolving development sector. Now, we're searching all corners of the world for individuals who are committed and passionate about having a high-impact career and advancing the social impact space.


  • 3 Week Virtual Orientation + 1 Week Field Orientation to induct you into India's social sector and prepare you for the next six month field experience

  • 24 Weeks Social Enterprise Placement in India where your professional growth will be matched by personal growth while equipping you with the right tools to excel

  • Supported with relevant and progressive Professional Development Learning Labs covering themes of Human Centered Design, Resource Mobilization, Communications Strategies and Impact Assessment

  • Capacity Building Workshops & Meetings led by Subject Matter Experts and Mentors-in-Residence who are seasoned professionals and thought leaders in their respective fields

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The Tangible

  • Pre-departure Virtual Training

  • Monthly Transportation Stipend of $125 (approx. INR 8500) for the 6 months of fellowship term (prorated for the first and last months)

  • Housing in Bangalore for 1st month of fellowship term

  • Monthly capacity building workshops

  • Networking opportunities

  • An advising program that pairs fellows with local resident mentors and a curated curriculum

  • A one-week Orientation in Bangalore, India to begin the fellowship

  • Professional development and personal support from a dedicated in-country program manager

  • Post-fellowship support

  • Internationally recognized professional certification in Social Enterprise



We are seeking young professionals (ages 21-35) who have a proven track record of leadership and are seeking to use their education and skills to address social and economic challenges for under-served populations. IDEX Fellows come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, as each individual fellowship position requires different specific skills.  Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree

  • A minimum of 1 to 3 years of work experience

  • Proven track record of leadership responsibilities

  • A passion and desire to work in emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues

  • An ability to quickly adapt and work in resource constrained environments

  • Desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact


The Intangible

  • Strategically transitioning your professional skills to service the development sector in one of the biggest emerging markets

  • Adding professional credibility with this one of a kind, on the ground experience

  • Being engaged with an incredible diversity of world views, experiences and cultural traditions that fellows bring to the program.

  • Life Skilling – getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

  • Exposure to invaluable professional networks and alumni network opportunities

  • A global family for life!



IDEX is a tuition-based fellowship program, however, through funding from generous sponsors, IDEX is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to select candidates for use towards program tuition. 

With each succeeding cycle, we've been reviewing many more applications. We follow a first-come-first-considered approach when reviewing applications. This means that your chances of acceptance and a greater scholarship award for the fellowship program are higher the sooner you apply and can avail preferred payment plans. 

We actively encourage you to ensure you apply for our generous scholarship awards as applies to you, the IDEX Scholarship (Men and Women) and   InvestWISE Scholarship (Women only).


  • One-time, non-refundable fee of $25

  • We accept payments through PayPal using a credit or debit card or via bank transfer

  • Application will be eligible for review once payment is processed

  • Regardless of acceptance status, IDEX will provide each applicant with the following:

  1. Handbook on the Landscape of the Social Enterprise Sector

  2. Access to one hosted Learning Webinar

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Thoughts from IDEX Fellows :

Q : What inspired you to apply for the IDEX Global Fellowship?

Dina Dajani, IDEX Fellow – January 2019 Cohort (View LinkedIn Profile)

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Being passionate about helping people and contributing to society at the individual, community, and international level, I have been involved with initiatives that create positive change ever since childhood. During high school, one life changing experience was a trip to Tanzania, where I worked at an impoverished school, teaching, interacting and playing with local children. I have worked with several international organizations focusing on children and women’s rights. These include the UNDP in Amman, Jordan and the UNEP in Montreal, Canada. Over the last four years, I have been co-leading the Cycling4Gaza (C4G) initiative as a volunteer, organizing annual cycles in different countries to raise awareness and funds in support of children’s development in Gaza, Palestine.

I have recently completed my Master’s in International Relations at a school that holds entrepreneurship and social impact at the core of its values. This provided me with the opportunity to explore and realize my passion for the world of social entrepreneurship. Throughout the program, I was involved with growing and building social enterprises that focus on the development of impoverished communities in developing countries, particularly Nicaragua and Ethiopia.

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Seeing first-hand the impact of a social enterprise and of scalable and innovative solutions to social problems, I wanted to dive deeper into this sector. I applied for the IDEX Fellowship as the program offers a combination of tools that would enable me to become a successful social entrepreneur. This includes mentoring on key areas of social entrepreneurship such as impact assessment, resource mobilization, social innovation, and communication strategy and outreach. It also provides fellows with hands-on experience in a social impact capital. I wanted exposure to the social impact ecosystem in Bangalore, and an opportunity to live and work in India and view the world from a different angle. The IDEX Global Fellowship particularly appealed to me as I wanted to learn from and share this experience with like-minded people from all over the world.

Q: What tips would you give others applying to the IDEX Global Fellowship?

Shaun Robinson, IDEX Fellow – January 2015 Cohort (View LinkedIn Profile)

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The greatest tip I can give a potential applicant is to be as reflective and as true in the written responses as possible.  Part of the beauty of the Fellowship is the diversity in experiences and backgrounds each Fellow brings.  One is not expected to be an expert in development, but is expected to be curious, empathetic, and eager to dive in.  The best essays demonstrate a level of maturity, tenacity, and inertia for creating change while maintaining a pragmatic and grounded approach.  Applications that are both candid in what is unknown and actionable in how to acquire a specific skillset will stand out in a very competitive pool.  Essentially, the written application should convey a level of introspection as to why this Fellowship is the right fit for an applicant’s career growth as well as communicate the value the applicant would bring to the IDEX experience.

While interviewing, an applicant should come in as prepared as possible.  The strongest applicants will approach the interview with a plan, have a foundational understanding of the social enterprise sector in India and a few hypotheses as to the type of exposure they would like to have and how they plan to use the IDEX platform to expand certain skills.  Six months goes by incredibly quick, and those who have the best experiences are the most proactive and prepared in seeking what they want.  The applicant should be ready to speak to instances where they have overcome adversity, conquered challenges, demonstrated resilience, and handled ambiguity.  The most successful Fellows are incredibly adaptable, flexible, and of course always eager to dive into new challenging and rewarding experiences.

It never hurts to leverage the existing alumni network.  We all have a level of investment and interest in incoming Fellows and would welcome requests or questions with enthusiasm.

Q : What are the benefits of the fellowship?

Deborah Lubbe – IDEX Fellow 2011 Cohort (View LinkedIn Profile)


I like to describe the timeline of my life as pre-IDEX and post-IDEX. The IDEX experience was inexplicably life-changing. Full stop.

When I graduated from Oglethorpe University in 2008, there were minimal opportunities to carve out a path toward social enterprise as a career. A kind undergraduate professor who had seen the outcomes of IDEX's pilot cohort in 2010, convinced me to apply for the program. The rest is history. The selection committee saw a hunger for knowledge, a willingness to get my hands dirty, and a passion for observing a developing ecosystem outside of the comfort of my own country.

During my time in India (2011-2012) I learned how to study the needs of BOP populations, mitigate risk, explore challenges, bring services to market, and examine my own areas for professional improvement. Through these experiences, I gained new skills in marketing, storytelling, replication modeling, resource mobilization, relationship development, impact assessment, and human-centered design thinking.

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One of my primary goals when choosing IDEX was to garner and sharpen skills that I could carry back home with me, transpose into my community to activate change and further justice. IDEX did just that. Much of my career has been shaped by the biggest takeaway from my time with IDEX. Learning how to be present. Observe. Listen with the whole self. Respond. Iterate. Repeat. Not only did I learn to map and engage an ecosystem of social enterprise in a new landscape, in real time, but I also forged life-long relationships and friendships with a diverse group of colleagues in the program. I’ve celebrated weddings, births, graduations, career promotions, career changes, and even adventurous launches of many socially-minded organizations.

IDEX provided a path to not only further my knowledge and first-hand experience of the breadth and depth of social enterprise in a developing market; but, it also advanced me as a global person. IDEX pushed me well outside of my comfort zone and into environments and relationships that I would have never had the chance to engage otherwise in a meaningful way. And for that, I will always be grateful.