Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship by IIM Bangalore 2021-23: Apply by March 27

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IIM Bangalore is hosting the 2-year Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship or MGNF 2021-23,  as designed at the initiative of the MSDE and Government of India in collaboration with SSDMs. The fellowship aims to promote skill development in district economies.

Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF)

The Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) is an opportunity for young, dynamic individuals to contribute to enhancing skill development and promote economic development. The two-year Fellowship seeks to combine classroom sessions (Academic Module) host IIMs with an intensive field immersion at the district level (District Immersion) to create credible plans and identify barriers in raising employment, economic output, and promote livelihoods in rural areas.

MGNF is a Certificate Program in Public Policy and Management offered by IIMs. It has been designed at the initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India (GoI), and implemented in collaboration with State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs).

MGNF 2021-23 will be rolled out nationally in more than 660 districts across India. The program will be hosted by 9 IIMs (IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Jammu, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Nagpur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Udaipur, and IIM Visakhapatnam) separately with IIM Bangalore managing the common admission process.

About the Organization

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is a public management school and an Institute of National Importance located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. They were the third IIM to be established, after IIM Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad. They offer Post Graduate, Doctoral, and executive training programs.

Nature of MGNF

  • The objective of the fellowship is to promote skill development in district economies.
  • The two-year blended program combines classroom sessions at host IIMs with the mentorship of Fellows while in the district.
  • It provides an opportunity to engage with schemes and institutions at the district level to strengthen institutions and improve skill development, link markets and create growth.
  • Candidates selected from the 2021-23 admissions cycle will be fully funded by MSDE.
  • On joining the program, the candidate will receive a stipend of Rs. 50,000 per month during Year 1 of the program.
  • On completing the requirements of Year 1, the candidate will receive a stipend of Rs. 60,000 per month during Year 2 of the program.


  • Should be a citizen of India
  • Age between 21-30 years at the time of application
  • At least a graduate in any discipline (Engineering, Law, Medicine, Social Sciences, etc.) from a recognized university or a post-graduate from a recognized university
  • Three years of work experience after secondary schooling in the social/non-profit sector with an interest in working in rural areas is preferred. However, individuals with no work experience and a strong motivation to work in this area may apply.
  • Ability to express proficiency in the official language used in the state government

Available Seats

660+ Seats


  • Year 1: Rs. 50,000 per month
  • Year 2: Rs. 60,000 per month


March 27, 2021

Contact E-mail Addresses

For admission-related assistance, email helpdesk.mgnf[at]

For any other assistance, email mgnf[at]

Official Information


Click here to apply for the MGNF.


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  1. Dear Madam/Sir
    I am interested in working in rural areas . I have completed my graduation from Kamla Nehru college (DU) .I have no work experience.

  2. Dear Sir/Madam
    I am interested in working in rural areas . How do apply for this course. Please inform to me sir. I have completed in bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at university collage of Engineering(Anna University), Ariyalor.

    Thanks & Regard’s
    Manikandan M

  3. Sar ji main aavedan kar raha hun lekin aavedan nahin Ho Pa rahe ho kya ho raha hai isme kya mistake hai bataiye

  4. Dear sir/Madam,
    I m a retired soldier from Indian Army (Corps of Signals) I have tried to apply but I m not fullfilling age criteria . Is it possible in future ? Pls do something .