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At Teach For India, each one of us feels lucky. Incredibly lucky. We understand that it is just a matter of chance that we are where we are today. We didn't choose the family that we were born into, or choose the fact that our parents could afford to give us quality education. Every time we make a choice, we feel lucky. However, we cannot help but think …what if? What if these choices weren't available to us?

It is this thought that makes us work towards that one day when every child in India will attain an excellent education. The family or the demographics that a child is born into should not determine his or her destiny. We understand the importance of education but more importantly, we understand the value of each of those 320 million lives and the potential in every one of them. Imagine 320 million astronauts, or 320 million scientists. Imagine 320 million change-makers driving India forward. That's what we're working towards - A day when every child gets the opportunity to attain an excellent education. A day when we can empower every human being with choice. Because that's what every child deserves. That's what India deserves.


After having served at Akanksha as Founding member and CEO for Akanksha for about 20 years, Shaheen Mistri, met with Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder of Teach For America to discuss the feasibility of adapting the Teach For America's model to the Indian context. After a twelve week study, launched by McKinsey and Company turned out favorably, Teach To Lead was formally established in 2008. Teach To Lead is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a movement of leaders who will work to eliminate educational inequity in the country.

Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.

In June 2009, we placed our first cohort of Fellows in low-income municipal and private schools in Pune and Mumbai.

Today, Teach For India is in 7 cities - Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. We have a total of 910 Fellows and 660 Alumni working towards eliminating educational inequity.


One day all children will attain an excellent education.


Building a movement of leaders to eliminate educational inequity.


In India today, 4% of our children never start school. 58% don’t complete primary schools. And 90% don’t complete school. At Teach For India, the fact that only 10% of our children go on to college both saddens and angers us.

Teach For India exists because of a deep belief that every child can and must attain an excellent education. Teach For India exists to prove that no child’s demographics should determine his or her destiny. To us, the end of educational inequity is the freedom for all children to have the opportunity to reach their potential. And the day that all children reach their potential is the day that India reaches her potential.

Teach For India believes that that day will come in our lifetime.

Teach For India believes that it will take a movement of leaders with the idealism, belief, skills and commitment to actualize this vision. We are committed to finding, developing and supporting India’s brightest, most promising leaders for this to happen.


4% of our children never start school.

This doesn't seem like a big number, does it? Think again.

For us at Teach For India every single child matters. We believe that every child can and must attain an excellent education. In order to achieve this, we need a movement of leaders across all sectors that are committed to, and will work towards, ending educational inequity in our country. In order to achieve this, Teach For India believes in a two part Theory of Change -

The short term theory of change includes the Fellowship - Teach For India recruits India's most promising college graduates and high performing young professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work tirelessly to bridge the immense gaps their children face, putting their students on a fundamentally different life path. Through the Teaching as Leadership framework, Teach For India staff provide training and support to Fellows so that they can employ innovative teaching strategies to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom.

The long term theory of change includes the Alumni Movement - After two years of the Fellowship, the Fellows are then inducted into our Alumni Movement. The Alumni are the forerunners of our movement and are instrumental in helping us reach our vision. The Alumni are a powerful and growing leadership force. Informed by their experiences and insights, the Alumni Movement works from inside and outside the educational system to effect the fundamental, long-term changes necessary to ultimately realize educational opportunity for all.

Core Values - At Teach For India we believe that our journey of leadership is a journey of learning and living our core values i.e. Seva, Teamwork, Integrity, Respect and Humility, Resourcefulness, Excellence, Sense of Possibility, and Reflection.



Teach For India recruits the most outstanding college graduates and professionals to teach in low-income schools for two years. Fellows go through a rigorous selection process where they are evaluated for academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, a commitment to the community, critical thinking and perseverance, amongst other qualities. We believe that these core competencies are required to drive student achievement and to become life-long leaders who effect systemic change.


Prior to and during the two-year Fellowship, Teach For India provides Fellows with training needed to make them successful teachers in the classroom and to drive positive and significant student achievement. Fellows are also given adequate leadership training to ensure that they are successful leaders in any field once they complete the Fellowship.


Teach For India places Fellows for a minimum of two years in full-time teaching positions in under-resourced schools where impact on student achievement can be maximized. Fellows have clear accountability for their classrooms, and are responsible for ensuring that their students reach their ambitious academic goals.


Teach For India builds partnerships in all sectors to ensure that participants have a clear path to leadership after the two year commitment. Through the alumni network, alumni of the Fellowship stay connected to each other as they work hard towards Teach For India's mission.


Teach For India has set up systems to drive and measure our short-term impact on student achievement, as well as our longer-term impact in the development of our Fellows into life-long leaders who can eliminate inequity in education.


Children all over the world do not have access to quality education. Educational disadvantage is perhaps the world's most fundamental injustice. It persists in different countries at all stages of development severely limiting children's life prospects


Teach For All is a global network of 33 organizations around the world, working to expand educational opportunity in their countries. Teach For All works towards the vision that one day all children in the world will attain an excellent education. These organizations recruit leaders of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in low income schools and as alumni work from both within and outside the education system to address the root cause of educational inequity in the world.

Teach For India is a part of Teach For All network. To know more about Teach For All please visit the website here


The Teach For India Fellowship program is a 2 year full-time paid commitment in which we place the most promising graduates and professionals as full-time teachers in under-resourced and low-income schools.

The Fellowship program is rigorous, challenging and provides Fellows an opportunity to develop themselves as leaders and simultaneously transform the lives of the children under their care. Prior to and during the two-year Fellowship, Teach For India provides Fellows with the technical skills and leadership training required to achieve the goals they have set for themselves and their students.

This training includes a 5 week, residential training Institute before they start teaching followed by on-going training and support throughout the two years delivered through conferences, training sessions, leadership forums, online resources and on the ground mentoring by a Program Manager. In the 2nd year of the program, each Fellow undertakes an assignment called the 'Be The Change' project wherein they ideate, plan and execute a project that benefits their classroom, the school or the society as a whole.

There are four application rounds for the 2014-15 recruitment cycle. Application Deadlines: August 27th, October 29th, December 10th, February 4th.


We look for applicants who will have a transformational impact on their students in the short-term and be leaders in the fight for educational equity beyond the Fellowship. Teach For India looks for multiple attributes in a potential Fellow, including but not limited to:

- A strong belief in and commitment to Teach For India’s mission and vision

- Fit with Teach For India’s core values

- Leadership experience and potential

- The ability to work effectively in challenging environments

- Critical thinking ability

- Strong English communication skills


Students and professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree at the time of joining the Fellowship are invited to apply. Applicants need to be either of Indian citizenship or of Indian origin.


Application Process

We're now accepting applications to the 2015 Fellowship! To apply now click here.

Third Application Deadline : 10th December, 11:59 pm

Application Terms and Conditions

Teach for India will not accept hard-copy applications. Please do not print and mail hard-copy applications to Teach For India.

Please note that you are not asked to submit a CV/Resume or Cover Letter/ Personal Statement as part of the application.

Each applicant will be allowed ONLY ONE application for the 2015 Fellowship.

There will be no fees charged for filling and submitting the online application form.

Applications are non-binding.

Selection Process

Please go through our Admission & Application FAQs page to go through our Selection process. Please feel free to send your queries toapply@teachforindia.org with any questions about the application and selection process.


At Teach For India, we believe the problem of educational inequity is vast and complex; one individual or organisation cannot solve the problem. We aspire, therefore, to drive collective action towards addressing this multi-sectoral issue. The two years a Fellow spends in the classroom is the beginning of a lifelong mission - a mission to ensure every child in India attains an excellent education. The experience gained as a Fellow in a low incomes school, or as staff supporting the Fellowship, forms the bedrock of Alumni action. Currently, Teach For India Alumni are working in a variety of for and not-for-profit sectors.


If you are a corporate, entrepreneur or non-profit looking to hire from our diverse pool of Alumni, lead/facilitate workshops for the Social Enterprise Club or are interested to know more about other Alumni Impact initiatives please write to alumninfo@teachforindia.org


Teach For India aims to be in 8 cities by 2015-16 with 2000 Fellows impacting 60,000 students from low-income backgrounds.


More than 13000 completed applications to the 2014 Fellowship program with 7.2% of the people who applied getting selected.


We teach children in classes 2nd through 8th standard.
There are 27920 children in our classrooms at the start of 2014-15
22,978 children in our classrooms at the start of 2013-2014
16,216 children in our classrooms at the start of 2012-2013
12,000 children in our classrooms at start of 2011-2012
6,500 children in our classrooms at start of 2010-2011


We have 910 Fellows in total


Teach For India has 271 schools at the start of 2014-15, 209 partner placement schools in 2013-2014. Which grew from 164 partner placement schools at the start of 2012-2013, 122 schools at the start of 2011-2012; and 63 schools at the start of 2010-2011. In our first year of operations, we had 33 partner placement schools. In 2013, we placed Fellows in 633 classrooms, having grown from 443 classrooms in 2012, 310 classrooms in 2011 and 160 classrooms in 2010.

Academic Growth

We structure our program around the rigorous curriculum developed by Educational Initiatives, in addition to teaching the SSC curriculum. Most of our students are at the skill-level about 2-4 years behind their current grade level and we aim for a minimum of 1.5 years, on average, of skills-growth from their incoming skill level for each student in Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency, Math, Grammar and Writing. In the academic year of 2010-2011, students in Teach For India classrooms achieved an average of 1.7 years of skill growth in Grammar, 1.4 years in Writing, 1.2 years in Speaking and Listening, 1.1 years in Reading Fluency, and 1.0 in Reading Comprehension. In total, 60% of Teach For India classrooms made over 1.2 years of growth in Math.

What do the School Principals say?

97% of principals agree that “Teach For India Fellows are respectful to students and parents, and interact with them in a positive way.” 91% of principals would “Recommend allotting Fellows to their school next year to the authorities.” 98% of principals think that Fellows use “Innovative ways of teaching that makes lessons more interesting for students.” 92% of principals would “Recommend Fellow’s teaching methods to other teachers.” 92% of principals are “Satisfied with Teach For India Fellows working in their school.”


With our first cohort of Fellows graduating in 2011, our powerful alumni force is growing bigger year on year. Members of the oldest cohort have been in their post-Fellowship path for three years now, impacting change across sectors! With many choosing to go down the social entrepreneurship and development routes, we're measuring our progress by keeping track of which sectors our Alumni have ended up in and how many of them are continuing to work in socially productive or relevant fields.

Out of 660 Alumni, 64% are engaged with issues in Development or Education, either through their professional work or through their field of study in graduate school. Teacher Training, School Leadership and Innovation Technology are some of the most prominent pathways pursued by Alumni within education. Our Alumni are largely spread across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad with 65% choosing to remain in a Teach For India placement city.