SBI Youth for India fellowship programme

State Bank of India (SBI) Youth for India is a fellowship programme initiated, funded and managed by the State Bank of India in partnership with reputed NGOs. The programme seeks to bring together India's best young minds to work on making rural development a reality by:

  • Providing educated Indian youth with an opportunity to touch lives and create positive change at the grass root level in rural India.
  • Providing NGOs working in rural India with educated manpower whose skill sets can be used to catalyze rural development.
  • Promoting a forum for the programme alumni, to share ideas and contribute to rural development throughout their professional life


  • Highly motivated, outstanding young professional or fresh graduate between the ages of 21-35.
  • Indian citizenship
  • Have demonstrated initiative and leadership in the past, to be able to foster change at the grass root level.
  • People-oriented and have concern for people as you will have to constantly interact with rural communities.
  • Willing to adjust to life in a town/ district headquarters

Important dates

  • 31st December 2010* – Last date for submission of online application form.
  • 05th January 2011* – Short listed candidates for personal interview will be intimated.
  • 31st January 2011* – Candidates selected for the programme will be intimated.

Programme will commence in March 2011.


  • Effecting positive and sustainable change in rural India will need leadership and innovative thinking, along with project management, team building, problem solving and communication skills.
  • The programme will help one to develop these abilities/ skills through the training provided and project work assigned during the programme.
  • Gain hands-on experience of rural markets, its linkages and an insight into the mind of the rural consumer and what comprises the 'bottom of the pyramid'.
  • This combination of knowledge and skills will be highly valued by many industry segments in India, and will be of relevance in any career that you choose to pursue thereafter.

For more information on the fellowship, go to