Current Reality

Only 40% of India’s youth are employable 

In Tamil Nadu, only less than 15% of children in Class 3 can read a Class 2 text 


Achieving equitable education for all children through systemic change


The Bhumi fellowship aims to create a cadre of changemakers who transform schools in the short term and lead the next education movement in the long term

Over two-years, as a fellow placed in a low-income school, your primary focus will be:

  • Teaching English and Mathematics for a minimum of 12-15 hours every week
  • Supporting teachers with innovative teaching methods 
  • Improving the leadership skills of school leaders/headmasters
  • Identifying problems faced by the school or the community and design a robust and sustainable solution 

In the process, you will:

  • Understand the educational ecosystem and facilitate change.
  • Develop leadership abilities, perseverance, entrepreneurial acumen, and strategic thinking amongst others.
  • Collaborate with influential changemakers in the educational space.
  • Build a self-sustaining system of change

After the two-year fellowship, you will have the opportunity to

  • Lead a cluster of 3 to 5 schools 
  • Transform the education ecosystem in your community
  • Setup your own organisation


Final year students/Graduates between 20 and 30 years of age
Past volunteering or work experience in any field
Passionate about transforming the education system

Selection Process

Application Process

Fill out the application form to give us a sense of who you are and why you want to be a part of the fellowship

Telephonic Interview

After reviewing your application, we may have some additional questions for you. A telephonic interview will help us with the evaluation.

Personal Interview

After a successful evaluation, you will have to participate in a group discussion. Following this, an interview will be conducted.

The Thought-Leaders

Vaishnavi Srinivasan,
Executive Director, Bhumi

Her passion for socio-emotional development of children and teachers led to conceptualisng Bhumi’s whole-school transformation programme in 2017. With over 12 years of experience as a volunteer in Bhumi, she has donned multiple hats including programme management, corporate relations, fundraising, communication, and volunteer management in the organisation.

Lokeshwaran Nagaraj,
Senior Programme Manager

With a Master’s degree in Space Engineering and Rocketry, he was a Teach For India Fellow prior to joining Bhumi. His volunteering experiences triggered his interest in the social sector, inspiring him to apply for the fellowship where he had become skilled in effective pedagogical practices, project planning, systems thinking, logic frameworks and school leadership principles.

Fellows - Cohort 2020

Anjali Sarmah

An architect by profession, Anjali is passionate about heritage conservation and writing. She believes that Education is the only way for our society to progress and that beginning at the grassroots is the only way to implement change.

Monika Thangavelu

With her passion to give back to society, Monika did her Masters in International Human Rights Law. She dreams of making every child read and write and wants to work directly at the grassroots level to understand the real issues in the system.

Neelanjana Varanasi

Neelanjana has a degree in Business Administration and believes that the right education has the power to radically transform an individual and prepare them for the world. She finds inspiration from the women in her life and loves to meet people and learn from them.

Charlene Judith Pereira

Having studied Psychology, Literature and Journalism, Charlene Judith is someone who loves to read. She believes in living in the moment and draws inspiration from the little things around her.

Abhinaya Sridharan

Being a lawyer by degree, Abhinaya wants to make the world a better place by helping shape one young mind at a time. She also loves to sing, dance and talk about lesser known history facts.

Fellow Testimonials

The Bhumi fellowship has been a multi-faceted experience and has helped me sharpen a plethora of my skills within a very short timeframe. It regularly poses challenges and enables individual growth and development. The journey, so far, has been immensely exciting and I am sure it will open up a world of possibilities. 

Charlene Judith Pereira

Fellow - Cohort 2020

The Bhumi Fellowship has proved to be transformational in a very short span of time. It is a constant learning experience which has improved as well as challenged me as an individual. Most importantly for me, the fellowship team has created a safe space for us fellows to collaborate and innovate in an extremely testing period.

Anjali Sarmah

Fellow - Cohort 2020

The fellowship has challenged me and pushed me to think in ways that I would have never thought possible. Interacting with multiple stakeholders and working with children teaches you a lot and every interaction is a learning experience. The program team and my co-fellows are some of the most supportive, patient and wonderful people I have met. I am very grateful for this opportunity and the journey thus far.

Neelanjana Varanasi

Fellow - Cohort 2020

The Bhumi Fellowship has been a place of ‘learnings’. Working with various stakeholders helped me explore new roles and develop new skills. I think there is more to discover and experience in this field, which I am looking forward to. The fellowship team has been extremely helpful, compassionate and encouraging, which keeps us (fellows) going past the challenges that come our way.

Monika Thangavelu

Fellow - Cohort 2020

The Bhumi Fellowship has been an eye opener in terms of understanding myself and the world around me. Despite the challenging times we find ourselves in, by being here, I feel that either I am a part of the solution, or actively working towards it. This is a wonderful start in understanding our education system better and working on improving it, together.

Abhinaya Sridharan

Fellow - Cohort 2020

The Transformational Effect of a Fellowship

Applications for this cohort are closed now. We will update here once new cohort registrations start. 

It takes our collective efforts to tackle a problem of this magnitude. Be a part of the solution. Join us to create a more equal and just India.