YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship 2021 [Fully Funded]: Apply by Aug 22: Expired

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Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the fully funded YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship 2021.

About the Fellowship

The YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship with Instagram engages creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to start meaningful conversations on issues important to young citizens around the world. Anchored at the crossroads of arts and advocacy, the fellowship was first launched in 2017 and has since expanded to several cities in India and Nepal.

As an incubator for the future generation of leaders and activists, the fellowship is built around three pillars – awareness, support and advocacy. Fellows are mentored to build powerful content and the most inspiring work is promoted on Instagram. 

The fellowship is designed as a fully funded engagement wherein fellows meet every alternate week for a couple of hours. The overall duration of the fellowship is two months and the schedule is easy to accommodate alongside regular school work and examinations.

Applications to Phase II of the 2021 fellowship – October to December – are currently open. This phase is designed as a virtual engagement to accommodate constraints imposed by COVID. All sessions will be conducted online and the program is open to applicants across India. Please follow the links below to see details and apply.

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Fellowship Themes

The 2021 fellowship focuses on four themes: Gender Equality, Diversity, Bullying and Mental Wellbeing. The idea is to use the internet and social media as a force for good by creating unique communities around issues that matter to teenagers, and provide a platform for voicing concerns and advocating for changes.

By giving teens a voice and building their capacity to mobilize people, we hope to create a world that is more inclusive and tolerant.

Fellowship Structure

The fellowship’s online version includes workshop sessions in large groups on alternate weekends and team mentorship sessions in smaller groups on alternate Thursday/ Friday evenings. Fellows attend one workshop session and one team mentorship session every fortnight.

Outside the sessions, fellows are expected to create content on the themes allocated to them. This work is done in teams through remote collaboration during the intervening weeks.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The Counter Speech Fellowship is open to all 13 to 18 year-old students currently enrolled in a school in India. Home-schooled students are also eligible. 
  • To apply, you must be in grades 8th-12th during the duration of the fellowship. If you have already completed school/ are in college, you are not eligible to apply.
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.

Important Dates
  • First deadline: 22nd August, 2021 (Sunday)
  • Second and final deadline: 12th September, 2021 (Sunday)

Applications to the fellowship will be processed in two batches. Those applying on or before the first deadline will be eligible for early decisions. For the others, admission decisions will be announced after the final applications deadline.

The Counter Speech Fellowship is a very selective program. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


If you need any information, please write to us at office@theylacproject.com or call us at +91-11-4307-7660.

Click here to view the official notification for the YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship 2021.

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