The Antara Fellowship: Call for Expression of Interest

The Antara Foundation invites recent graduates and young professionals to be part of its fellowship program. The fellowship aims to hone tomorrow’s leaders; by providing grassroots exposure in public health and human development at large. This is a unique opportunity for those seeking to advance their career, especially in development, or get into top institutions of higher education.

India has among the worst maternal and child health indicators in the world. Within the country Rajasthan registers one of the highest rates of maternal and child deaths and malnutrition. While technical solutions to many of these problems are known, they face hurdles in getting implemented and subsequently scaled up. Antara Foundation in partnership with Tata Trusts and Government of Rajasthan launched an ambitious program ‘Akshada’, premised on employing management approaches to scale up known technical solutions. It has been launched in Jhalawar and Baran districts of south Rajasthan and will soon be scaled up  to other parts of the state.

Fellows would work alongside Antara program officers at the block and village level and/ or at our office in Delhi.  They will be assigned tasks based on program need and interests and skills.


The Fellows will join for a period of 12 months during which they will primarily work in the assigned intervention district with stints in expansion districts and Delhi. Their tasks will include:

  • Program implementation & monitoring
  • Data consolidation and analysis
  • Research
  • Knowledge management and documentation

Fellows would start out with one or more of the following projects:


Fellows will receive a competitive monthly stipend. They would have to submit a report upon which they will  receive a certificate at the end of the program.

The Antara Foundation was founded by Mr. Ashok Alexander, former director at McKinsey & Company and founding director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), India. At BMGF he created Avahan, the world’s largest private HIV prevention program. At Antara he has developed a similar model of scaling up health delivery, for maternal and child health and nutrition.

Antara’s mentors include Mr. Bill Gates, Mr. Shiv Nadar, Mr. Arjun Malhotra and Dr. Cyrus Poonawala, some of the most respected global business leaders committed to this cause. The Antara team is a diverse group of people from varied backgrounds including management consulting, journalism, academia, development and others.

We are looking for dynamic young people to be part of this endeavour. Please see our website for more information.

Kindly send your expression of interest or additional queries to the following:

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