Buddha Fellowship
Build businesses to transform the poor communities
Provide livelihoods, or ensure better health or education or financial inclusion services, or better energy solutions to families at the last mile in the form of jobs or micro-entrepreneurship.

Program overview

Our fellowship offers an incubation space with a combination of community, capability, capital and customer that helps them become a development entrepreneur and tomorrow’s change agent. They start from the basics and get full support to alleviate the fear of failure.

The fellows have opportunity to witness first hand the lives of less privileged sections of Indian society and think about the possibilities of changing their career and life plans with a cost and benefit analysis of the same. An additional support will provide coaching and mentoring as well as help Fellows get funding for their enterprises.

Program highlights

Pitch business to investors
Mentorship sessions
Reflection workshops

Benefits for Buddha fellows

Stipend that would help the Fellows to pay back their education loans and sustain a standard living.
Exposure to experts and eminent people for interaction and mentorship.
Secure seed funding and additional support in raising funds for their enterprise.
Get opportunity to lead a program vertical in an NGO or start your own non profit organisation.

Eligibility criteria

  • Fresh Graduates from IIT/IIM who are ambitious about changing the world and get an early start.
  • Experienced professionals with work experience in corporate or other fields willing to setup their own business.
  • Budding entrepreneurs who need scaling-up support such as mentoring, funding etc…

Apply for the fellowship

You can join the fellowship program in one of these ways

Rural immersion program

You get to witness first hand the lives of the less privileged sections of Indian society and mull over possibility of changing their career and life plans.
Duration: 10-15 days.


1st-year students of post graduate programmes and 2nd & 3rd year students of the 4th year programs can start early with the immersion program.
Duration: 2 months.


Eligible fellows can apply for the fellowship program where they will take a complete journey of building an enterprise.

Application for Buddha Fellowship Program 2021

Buddha Fellowship Program (BFP) is an innovative initiative of SRIJAN to bring talented youth from premier institutions