YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship for Teens (Online) Phase 2 [Oct-Dec]: Apply by Aug 22

ylac counter speech fellowship for teens 2021 phase 2

Applications are now open for the Counter Speech Fellowship to engage creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to start meaningful conversations on issues important to young citizens around the world.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship was first launched in 2017 and has since expanded to several cities in India and Nepal. The fellowship aims to engage creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to start meaningful conversations on issues important to young citizens around the world.

Fellows are mentored to build powerful content and the most inspiring work is promoted on Instagram.

The fellowship is designed as a fully-funded engagement wherein fellows meet every alternate week for a couple of hours. The overall duration of the fellowship is two months and the schedule is easy to accommodate alongside regular school work and examinations.

Fellows are given a certificate of completion at the end of the fellowship and those who demonstrate leadership and produce the best content are duly recognized.

General Details

  • Mode: Online
  • Duration: 2 months
  • Phase: Phase II, Oct – Dec 2021
  • Engagement: On average, a student is expected to commit about 10 hours per week. This includes the online workshop sessions and mentorship check-ins, as well as time spent in content creation and advocacy for the allocated themes.


  • Gender Equality
  • Diversity
  • Bullying, and
  • Mental Wellbeing

Idea of the Fellowship

The idea is to use the internet and social media as a force for good by creating unique communities around issues that matter to teenagers, and provide a platform for voicing concerns and advocating for changes.

Over the course of the fellowship, the Counter Speech Fellows run feeds on Instagram on their selected themes. These feeds put out creative and thought-provoking content with the aim of creating awareness, leading action and extending support.

Structure of the Fellowship

  • The fellowship includes workshop sessions in large groups on alternate weekends and team mentorship sessions in smaller groups on alternate Thursday/ Friday evenings.
  • Fellows attend one workshop session and one team mentorship session every fortnight.
  • Outside the sessions, fellows are expected to create content on the themes allocated to them. This work is done in teams through remote collaboration during the intervening weeks.


  • Open to all 13 to 18 year-old students currently enrolled in a school in India.
  • Home-schooled students are also eligible.
  • To apply, you must be in grades 8th-12th during the duration of the fellowship.
  • If you have already completed school/ are in college, you are not eligible to apply.

Please note: If you had applied earlier this year but were not admitted to Phase I, you are ineligible to re-apply in this phase. Please consider applying to the 2022 edition of the fellowship.

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.


  • First deadline: 22nd August, 2021 (Sunday)
  • Second and final deadline: 12th September, 2021 (Sunday)

Click here for more details about the fellowship.

Click here to apply for the YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship 2021.

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