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Volship 2023

Volship Cohort 4 Applications

Opens in January 2023

What is Volship?

Who can apply?

What we look for?

What will you do?

Volship is a 'Volunteer Leadership' Fellowship program conceptualized by Volunteer for India, aimed at young leaders who are passionate about Volunteerism. Volship aims to enable young leaders to tackle pertinent issues within their cities through well structured and result oriented projects, engaging the community around them in the process. 

  • Individuals above the age of 18.
  • Student / Working professional within the above age limit.
  • Fluency in English and the regional language of your city of application.
  • Passionate towards volunteerism.
  • Commitment of 8 hours per week for a period of 9 months.

A confident team leader who:

  • inspires fellow VFI volunteers with their commitment, dedication, and perseverance.
  • is passionate towards volunteerism and specific causes in the community.
  • mandates inclusivity in every action taken as an individual and organization.
  • displays collaborative leadership by being open minded, be open for solutions and communicates with empathy.

Once you have progressed through the selection process, you will be the Volship Chapter Leads of your city. Please note that there will be three leads for each city.
Along with your partner leads from your city, you will

  • Participate in VFI Ideathon to ideate and design the quantifiable project plan to work on a social cause pertinent to your city.
  • This project will transpire over eight weeks.
  • Reach out to and engage with a minimum of 50 volunteers from your city.
  • Implement a long term impact oriented project for a minimum of 6 months, if selected as a Chapter Lead based on the success of your 8 week Volship Project.

Volship Cohort 4 Applications open in January 2023.

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    My Volship Journey

    Volship Selection Process

    A Volship Fellow is selected through a two step selection process – a written application followed by a panel interview. Read more to know about the Volship Selection Process and Timeline.

    Applications for Volship 2022 – Cycle 2 are open in the cities listed below. 3 Volship Chapter Leads each will be selected from cities with the best applications to start their Volship journeys that span over the next 9 months.
    New Delhi
    Port Blair

    VFI Leadership Journey and what you get :

    The Volship journey is an opportunity to give back to the society we grew up in. Additionally, you will get to:

    • Gain leadership opportunities and mentoring to become a strong leader.
    • Connect with inspiring social entrepreneurs and interact with social leaders.
    • Have a dedicated mentor team to guide and support you through the process.
    • Have an opportunity to meet, experience and work with other prominent stakeholders in the volunteer network and get access to associative resources.
    • Interact and learn from other Leads in Cross City Virtual Camps, giving you a chance to explore and implement nation-wide solutions to pan Indian issues.


    1. I do not have prior volunteer experience , can I apply?
      Yes , Volship has both the elements of leadership and volunteerism. If you are passionate towards volunteerism and have identified a leader in you, this journey is for you.
    2. Can an individual apply for the project?
      Each city will have three Volship Chapter Leads working on a project. You can apply as an individual after which you will be paired up with two other leaders, if selected.
    3. Can we apply as a team of three members for the project ?
      No, all aspiring applicants need to submit applications separately.
    4. Can I apply if I already have a job?
      Yes, an individual who is above the age of 18 and already has a job/studying can apply. However, ensure that you are studying/working in the same city you have applied for and will be able to dedicate 8 hours each week for Volship.
    5. Do you have an upper or lower age limit?
      Yes, applicants must be above the age of 18.
    6. What is the overall selection process?
      An online application submission followed by a virtual interview will be the overall selection process for Volship Chapter Leads.
    7. I am new to volunteering, will I be given training?
      We have a detailed induction and orientation process to the VFI volunteering journey. Then you have a Volunteer Ideathon where you will ideate your 8 week plan with assistance from experts. There will also be mentors and VFI national team to support you through the journey.
    8. Will it be just the three of us leading the journey? Will there be additional support?
      Yes, the three Volship Chapter Leads be leading the project in your city. Please note that you will be creating a team of volunteers under you to support and enable through the Volship Journey. Also, you will be continuously supported by the national support team and a dedicated mentor assigned to your team.
    9. I am not from any of these 20 cities. Will I be eligible to apply?
      The next cycle of Volship will involve more cities. Watch this space for more updates.
    10. Will I be paid a stipend for this project?
      Volunteers work for the 7 figures P-A-S-S-I-O-N.
      No, you are not paid a stipend for this project, but each team is provided with 10,000 INR for the project expenses.
    11. What is Ideathon?
      Ideathon is a virtual event where the Volship Chapter Leads build together an idea as a team, towards a social cause they are inclined towards in their base city. This idea needs to be implemented as as their Volship Project.
    12. Will there be support during Ideathon?
      Yes, there will be experts guiding you through the process. Also there will be cross sharing & ideating across different city projects.
    13. Can I fundraise apart from the 10,000 INR Grant for the project?
      Yes, you can fundraise money apart from the grant amount using VFI modes and account. Once selected, our administrative teams will help you with the process.
    14. How is Volship Chapter Lead different from Chapter Lead?
      A Volship Chapter Lead will be implementing the eight week project in their city. Based on the performances of the 8 week project, selected Volship Chapter Leads will be assigned the role of Chapter Leads and continue their journey and their city will be announced as VFI CHAPTERS.
    15. What is a VFI Chapter?
      VFI Chapters are city based VFI branches which promote and contribute towards organization vision and mission at the city level.
    16. Will all Volship cities get converted as VFI CHAPTERS?
      The conversion of a city into VFI CHAPTER depends totally on the performance of the 8 week project of that city. There are chances of all Volship cities getting converted as VFI Chapters and chances of no city getting converted too.
    17. How will the 8 week project be evaluated?
      The 8 week projects will be evaluated by experts on the aspects of leadership, quantifiable output, minimum number of volunteers as promised, delegation of authority and collaboration.
    18. What will be the journey after 8 weeks?
      Selected Volship Chapter Leads are assigned the role of Chapter Leads and lead the VFI journey in their city for the next set of volunteer projects for a minimum period of 6 months.
    19. What happens after six months of leadership?
      Volunteerism is a continuous journey. The vision of the organization is “Volunteerism as a National Value”. We move as a VFI family towards this national level vision.
    20. Do I have to continue the journey beyond the eight weeks?
      Yes, you will be committing a total of 9 months of your time, by submitting your application for Volship 2022. Your journey beyond the Volship Project phase depends on the performance of the city. However, if you are unsure about your commitment for the entire course of the nine months, we urge you to apply for upcoming cycles of Volship where you can commit to the entire duration of 9 months to the program.