Schaeffler India Social Innovator Fellowship Program 2021

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About the Program


The Schaeffler India Social Innovator Fellowship Program is an initiative of Schaeffler India to recognize and reward individuals who are developing unique solutions that have the potential to positively impact society at scale. Under this fellowship program, a total of 11 individuals between the age of 18 to 30 years will be provided with fellowship grants worth INR 15 Lakh. 

Schaeffler India deals in high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications. 

  • Schaeffler India Social Innovator Fellowship Program 2021
    • Applicants should belong to the age group of 18 to 30 years (as on 1st September 2021) 
    • Should be a resident of India

    Important Note

    • Early-stage start-ups or NGOs with functioning prototype can participate
    • The entries must not just be a concept, idea or mock-up, it needs to fulfil following 3 requirements:
      • Must be solving a social challenge
      • Should carry sustainability angle 
      • Should have scaling possibilities  
    • The project MUST NOT be an established commercial venture
    • Participants also need to submit the entries describing their work in the form of video that can be uploaded on the website
    • The project must be related to any of the below categories: 
      • Transforming Education for the underprivileged
      • Health & Nutrition
      • Renewable Energy and Environment
      • Water Conservation
      • Waste Management
    • As many as 11 projects will be awarded with a total grant of INR 15 Lakh.
      • INR 5 Lakh grant for 1 winner
      • INR 1 Lakh grant each for 10 awardees
    • An opportunity for residential mentorship at a premium college/institution to help the winners to further develop and scale their solutions.
    • Access to Schaeffler India network & partners
    • Entry to a fellow community of peers
    • A video (90-120 seconds) describing the ideas/projects
    • An idea pitch deck in PDF format with size less than 4 MB (optional)
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Passport size photograph
    How can you apply?

    Eligible candidates can apply for the program through the following steps:

    • Click the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
    • Login to Buddy4Study with your registered ID and land onto the ‘Application Form Page’.
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    • You will now be redirected to the Schaeffler India Social Innovator Fellowship Program page. 
    • Read the details carefully and click on 'Apply Now' to start the application.
    • Fill in the required details in the online application form.
    • Upload relevant documents and a video describing the ideas/project and answer the questions that have been asked.
    • Accept the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and click on ‘Preview’. 
    • Cross-check application details in ‘preview mode’ and click on the ‘Submit’ button to complete the application process.

In case of any queries, please reach out to:

011-430-92248 (Ext- 132) (Monday to Friday - 10:00AM to 6PM)

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the selection process for this fellowship program?

    A multi-stage selection process will determine the winners of the Social Innovator Fellowship Program 2021. The selection stages are mentioned below:

    • All eligible applications will be reviewed and scored basis the following criteria: 
      • Solving a social challenge
      • Sustainability & scalability  
      • Technology-based idea (a mobile app, device) having a positive impact on the underprivileged
      • Stage of idea implementation towards the impact
    • Telephonic interview and document verification 
    • Semi-final round by Schaeffler India team 
    • A project pitch presentation to Jury panel & leaders (organized by Schaeffler India team) and final interview
  • When will the results of this fellowship program be announced?

    The fellowship announcement and induction to the online/residential mentoring program in partner institutions will take place in January 2022 (tentative). 

  • How many fellowships are awarded under this fellowship program?

    A total of 11 fellows will be selected for this fellowship program out of which the winner will receive a grant of INR 5 lakh and the remaining 10 fellows will receive grants of INR 1 lakh each.

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