Mobility Champions

India has some of the most polluted and congested cities in the world. While an increasing number of people are moving into our cities, our urban infrastructure is not built to sustain this influx. The end result is increased commute times, mental fatigue and loss of productivity. Estimates suggest that traffic jams in just four Indian cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata – cost India more than $22 billion a year.
Given the ever-increasing fleet of private vehicles and mobility systems that are disorganized, India needs to re-envision its cities to make its urban landscape more liveable and sustainable. You, as citizens, can be the change agents to make this happen.
See:   Redefining urban mobility   |   The Mobility Champions Fellowship   |   Previous editions under #BengaluruMoving

Building a cadre of Mobility Champions

As part of the Sustainable Mobility Network (SMN), YLAC has joined hands with leading organizations such as ASAR, ITDP, Purpose, Sensing Local and Jhatkaa to remodel the urban mobility landscape in India. As a member of this network, YLAC is focusing on establishing citizen incubation hubs to identify and groom passionate young residents as Mobility Champions. Our aim is to mobilize citizen advocates to push the agenda on sustainable mobility via policy and advocacy.
The Mobility Champions Fellowship was first launched under the aegis of the #BengaluruMoving campaign in August 2020. Building on the foundation of our work under this campaign, we expanded the initiative in 2021 by instituting a hub in Delhi, while growing the cadre of Mobility Champions in Bengaluru.
No applications are open at this time, but you can browse through the tentative calendar for details on future engagements. You can also sign up below or follow us on social media (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook) for updates.

See:   Redefining urban mobility   |   The Mobility Champions Fellowship   |   Previous editions under #BengaluruMoving


The Mobility Champions Fellowship

The Mobility Champions Fellowship is designed as a three-month-long engagement, wherein passionate young residents of an identified city are groomed as ‘Mobility Champions’ to amplify the movement on sustainable mobility.
To increase the effectiveness of the engagement, YLAC partners with prominent organizations working on sustainable mobility in the identified city. Each selected Champion is tasked to work with a partner for the duration of the fellowship, with YLAC managing the overall engagement. This structure gives the Champions an opportunity to engage with, learn from and support the pioneers in the sustainable mobility space, while exploring actionable solutions and undertaking advocacy to further the cause of better transportation and connectivity.

Role Description

The Champions are expected to:

  • Work closely with leading organizations to support ongoing projects and campaigns on the issue
  • Actively engage in campaign-related activities throughout the period of three months to advocate for the uptake of identified solutions
  • Create research reports, infographics, representations, opinion pieces, etc., for engagement with various stakeholders, including policymakers and citizen groups


  • Working professionals and students between the ages of 20-30 with a penchant for advocacy and activism, and a passion for transforming their city
  • Applicants should be graduates/ postgraduates/ in the final year of their graduate studies in the field of urban planning/ design, architecture, transport engineering, public policy, political science, urban governance, development studies or related fields
  • Physically based in the program city during the duration of the fellowship
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful manner, with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Someone who is proactive and capable of working with minimal supervision

Duration & Time Commitment

  • Three-month-long, full-time engagement
  • 40-45 hours of time commitment per week
  • Availability for fortnightly two-hour long skill development and mentorship sessions on Saturdays
    Note: Selected fellows must not take up any other work assignments/ internships or projects during their tenure as Mobility Champions

Compensation & Perks

  • A nominal stipend of Rs. 25,000 per month for the duration of the fellowship
  • Opportunity to lead from the front to change your city through citizen activism, while engaging in research and advocacy in the rapidly evolving mobility landscape
  • Opportunity to work closely with organizations doing meaningful and high impact work in the area of sustainable mobility
  • An intellectually stimulating environment with access to skill-building avenues and a strong community of change-makers

See:   Redefining urban mobility   |   The Mobility Champions Fellowship   |   Previous editions under #BengaluruMoving