As an incubator for the future generation of leaders, the YLAC Artivist Fellowship is a unique platform for creative teenagers to use the power of art to mobilize change.
Whether in the form of an introspective piece of writing, a touching chord of music, or a striking painting, art can be a powerful medium to evoke emotion, encourage reflection and inspire change in behaviour. Through the Artivist Fellowship, YLAC aims to harness this potential of art and combine it with the power of advocacy to make the world a better place.
The Artivist Fellowship represents a revitalized rendition of YLAC’s prestigious Counter Speech Fellowship (CSF). Over a period of 6 years, CSF empowered 1300+ young artists across 60 cities in India, harnessing their exceptional creativity to raise awareness and shape a brighter world. The Artivist Fellowship builds on this legacy, offering a more profound and immersive experience to explore selected themes and curate groundbreaking campaigns.
Applications to the 2023 editions of The Artivist Fellowship have now closed. Please see the tentative calendar for information on future editions. You can also sign up below or follow us on social media (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook) for updates.
Fellowship Themes for 2023
||The 2023 fellowship will focus on three themes: Climate Justice, Disability Rights and Gender Justice. To understand what the themes entail, please click on the links below:
This theme aims to address the unequal burden of climate change, highlighting the need for fair and inclusive solutions that prioritize the most vulnerable populations. The fellows will delve into the interplay between human activities, climate change and social justice. They will explore the impacts of climate change on marginalized communities, advocate for sustainable lifestyles and strive for equitable solutions that prioritize the well-being of both people and the planet.
The focus of this theme is on promoting equal opportunities, accessibility and social inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Fellows will work towards eliminating discrimination and barriers that hinder full participation and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. The goal is to foster empathy, understanding and support for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to live with dignity and participate fully in all aspects of life. By running awareness campaigns and reaching out to stakeholders for dismantling barriers, the fellows will challenge preconceived notions to foster a society that embraces diversity and empowers people of all abilities to fully participate and thrive.
The Gender Justice theme is dedicated to promoting equality and inclusivity for all genders. This theme aims to foster each fellow’s capacity to understand the importance of exploring gender norms and stereotypes through a critical perspective. Fellows will advocate for dismantling the barriers of gender based prejudice and promote awareness, empathy and respect for diverse genders and sexualities through their campaigns.
During the course of the fellowship, the Artivist Fellows will design campaigns to build awareness on the identified themes and advocate for changes. This may include on-ground initiatives within their school or local community as well as online social media interventions. You can see examples of the work done by previous fellows here.
Nov – Dec 2023
Nov – Dec 2023 (Indian Standard Time)
For the Delhi edition of the fellowship, the in-person workshop sessions will be run at the YLAC office in Lajpat Nagar. For the online editions, all sessions will be run online via Zoom.
Pillars of the Fellowship
During the five-week-long fellowship, fellows will run campaigns to generate momentum for change while focusing on the three core pillars of the fellowship: Awareness, Support and Advocacy.
Selection Process & Deadlines
In our Artivist fellows, we look for passionate, spirited, creative, empathetic and committed teen leaders who wish to see the world as a more inclusive and kind place. There are no prerequisites in terms of fields of study. The final evaluation of applicants is based on their responses to the questions in a short application form and their performance during an informal interview.
The selection process constitutes two rounds:
Round I: Written Application – to be submitted via the website
Scholarships deadline: 3rd September (Sunday)
Fees & Scholarships
Rs. 10,000 (+ GST @18%)
To make the program self-sustaining, we charge a fee to cover the operating costs of the program. This fee is payable only after an applicant has been selected into the program.
We recognize that all deserving candidates may not have the means to fund their participation. To support such candidates, we are committed to offering need-based scholarships.
For the Artivist Fellowship, YLAC will offer scholarships worth 50% to 100% of the program fee to the selected candidates. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit an additional essay explaining how they plan to use the learning from the program and why they need a scholarship to attend. They must also submit a short letter of recommendation from a teacher at school.
You are requested to apply for the scholarship only if you need the financial support to attend. You may apply here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Artivist Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity for creative teenagers to use their skills to help make the world a better place. The fellowship seeks to leverage the power of art and storytelling to give teenagers a platform to voice their opinions and advocate for changes in the society that they live in. The goal is to use art to generate awareness, build empathy and change mindsets to create a world that is inclusive and kind.
Amidst the boundless potential of art and the resounding voice of youth, this fellowship emerges as a catalyst for transformative change. We believe in the power of art to shape narratives and kindle movements. By equipping young individuals with the tools to harness their creative skills, we aim to raise awareness on critical issues and reach a wider audience, fostering a world that celebrates diversity, supports marginalized communities and amplifies the voices that need to be heard the most.
If you are studying in a school in grades 8th-12th, or are being home-schooled, and are between 13 to 18 years of age, you are eligible to apply. Students who are 18 years of age but have already completed school are not eligible.
We look for passionate and creative teen leaders who wish to see the world as a more inclusive and kind place. There are no prerequisites in terms of fields of study. The final evaluation of applicants is based on their responses to the questions in a short application form and their performance in a group interview.
The fellowship is designed to be extremely selective, with admit rates between 20-25%. We usually select 20-35 fellows for each cohort. In 2023, we will be running multiple cohorts in parallel - one in Delhi and 1-2 cohorts online.
The fellowship is a five week commitment. After the fellowship launch, fellows meet every week for a couple of hours for skilling and mentorship sessions. Applicants are advised to refer to the detailed calendar here.
On average, a student is expected to commit about 15 hours per week. This includes the online/offline workshop sessions and mentorship check-ins, as well as time spent in curating and implementing the campaign for the allocated theme.
No, there is no need for you to take leave from school. All workshop/ mentorship sessions are scheduled either on weekends or late in the evening on weekdays.
The Artivist Fellowship is a paid program, requiring selected participants to pay a fee of INR 10,000 (+ GST @18%). This fee is instrumental in building a self-sustaining program and covering necessary expenses.
Having said that, we recognize that all deserving candidates may not have the means to fund their participation in the program. To support such candidates, YLAC is committed to offering need-based scholarships.
The YLAC team conducts a training and orientation session for the fellows on the first day of the fellowship. This session has been designed to give the fellows an overview of what the Artivist Fellowship has in store for them. The session is also meant to help them understand how they can contribute and what their roles and responsibilities are during and after the fellowship.
The sessions are facilitated by the YLAC team. During the course of the fellowship, a number of external speakers, influencers, policy makers and other guests are also invited to conduct specific sessions with the fellows. They engage and interact with the fellows on the identified issues and themes.
Yes, fellows are given a certificate of completion at the end of the fellowship and those who demonstrate leadership and curate successful campaigns are duly recognized.
Yes, attendance at the sessions is mandatory. Since fellows are required to work in groups, the absence of any fellow is a disadvantage to their team. Please check the schedule carefully to ensure your availability. Feel free to write to us at office(at)theylacproject.com in case you have any queries.
In case any unforeseen circumstances prevent you from joining the program, you can request our office to initiate the refund process. YLAC will refund 100% of your payment if the request is received 30 days before the beginning of the program. For requests received 15 days before the program, the refund amount shall be 50% of the payment received. YLAC shall not be able to issue any refunds in case the intimation reaches us at a shorter notice.