Schaeffler India is inviting applications for Social Innovator Fellowship Program 2021 which aims to recognize and reward individuals who are developing unique solutions that have the potential to positively impact the society at scale in India.

Why Participate in Schaeffler India Social Innovator Fellowship Program 2021?

The Schaeffler India Social Innovator Fellowship Program is for entrepreneurial people with an idea that will make positive difference/progress in the community and beyond. The winner gets to –

  • Test their ideas and bring social impact
  • Build their capacity and enhance personal and professional development
  • Scale up the idea to become a future social entrepreneur

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should belong to the age group of 18 to 30 years (as on 1st September 2021)

Important Note

Early-stage startups 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

Should be a resident of India

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

Application Process


Register here


Fill in personal details and answer the questions asked


Submit a video (90-120 seconds) describing the ideas/projects

Fellow Selection Process

A multi-stage selection process will determine the winners of 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

Important Dates (Timeline of Activities)

  • Online application opening date: September 17th, 2021
  • Last date of submission of online applications: November 07th, 2021
  • Fellow selection process: November & December, 2021
  • Fellow announcement and induction to online/residential mentoring program in partner institution: January 2022