“This program can transform you and then it’s up to you to transform society”

Neeraj Jham

About the Fellowship:

The Antara Foundation Fellowship is one of the most rigorous and experiential Fellowship programs in the development sector. This 12-month program attracts some of India’s brightest young professionals. Based on an experiential learning pedagogy, TAF’s Fellowship encourages fellows to engage with previous experience and incorporate it into new observations, which enables them to experiment. This is a unique and immersive experience to work at the grassroots and help improve maternal and child health in rural India

Chandrika Bahadur, our CEO, speaks about the Fellowship Program

What should you expect as a TAF Fellow?

  • You will be placed in one of our eight districts in Madhya Pradesh–Barwani, Betul, Chhindwara, Damoh, Gwalior, Khargone, Morena, and Seoni.
  • You will plan and implement TAF’s interventions at the block and sector levels.
  • You will be liaising with Government officials and interacting with frontline healthcare workers and the diverse communities they serve.
  • You will support the monitoring and evaluation of TAF’s work on the field, capturing the impact of TAF’s program interventions.
  • You will engage in communications activities, such as case studies, films, etc., to showcase TAF’s work on the ground.

What can you expect as a TAF Fellow?

  • The freedom to design solutions and experiment
  • The opportunity to ‘learn by doing’
  • The ability to take ownership and accountability for your work
  • The space to grow your skills and knowledge, especially in the context of public health in India

What do we expect from a TAF Fellow?

  • Strategic and analytical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Clear written and oral communication (Both Hindi and English)
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Good team player
  • Excellent project management

Who can apply to be a TAF Fellow?

An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline. Masters in Social Welfare (MSW)/Public Health (MPH) would be preferable

See what our current fellows have to say!

Snigdha Arora

Program Officer – Chhindwara

Maruf Mirza

Program Officer – Seoni

Mariyam Maqbool

Program Officer – Chhindwara

Amrita K

Communications Fellow – Seoni
Fellow Spotlight

Niharika Suresh

Bhimpur block, Betul district, Madhya Pradesh

Niharika Suresh joined The Antara Foundation in August 2022. She works with Shyam Bahadur, Program Officer, and together they look after the implementation of TAF interventions in Bhimpur block. Niharika has designed a home-delivery framework to understand the key attributes that discourage communities living in Bhimpur block in Betul district from accessing institutional care at the time of delivery. She has mapped the issues into four major factors, i.e. issues of accessibility, affordability, quality of services and community beliefs and practices. She is currently working on understanding how the different factors correlate with one another and contribute to influencing the community’s preferences. “The flexible nature of my role has allowed me to explore the nuances of designing, implementing and evaluating interventions and how to equip myself to deal with never-ending challenges that one encounters on the field.”


  • 01

    Submission of CV/Resume and a Cover Letter

  • 02

    Screening of your application

  • 03

    Panel interview to understand your knowledge, skill sets, and motivation to be a TAF Fellow

  • 04

    Final interview

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