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Welcome to the GDC AI Fellowship!

Global Digital Corps (GDC) Gen AI Fellowship is a national programme to identify the top 100 Indian students for an industry-led internship to contribute to open-source digital public infrastructure with Gen AI.

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Innovate with impact

A Journey Through Generative AI, Open Source, and Digital Public Goods

  • Build real-world, Generative AI-powered Web Apps.
  • Create open-source software.
  • Learn from the practical lessons created by industry experts.
  • Learn Typed Functional Programming.
  • Contribute to creating digital public goods.

Everything you need to know

What is this?

Industry-led advanced training for students to build foundational skills to work with AI.

Why?

To upskill yourself so you can volunteer and contribute to open-source code for Open Healthcare Network and other new digital public goods.

Who is this for?

Must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student in any course at a higher education institution in India and within the age group 18-25. You should have written at least some amount of code yourselves before, either on personal projects or college projects.

Duration?

The Fellowship consists of 14 weeks of coding followed by a 6-month internship with the eGovernment Foundation for successful candidates.

Effort?

380 hours of highly enjoyable study & programming. You have to dedicate about 10 hours a week throughout the total duration of fellowship (38 Weeks).

Format?

Self-paced learning via video tutorials, real-world applications as capstone projects, and culminate with remote internships.

Mentorship?

Access the GDC Community and showcase your work weekly with mentors and fellow students. Get your code reviewed by professionals along with AMA sessions.

Stack?

JavaScript, Node.js and Typescript.

Certificate?

Cost

Free

Why should I apply early?

The admissions are on a rolling basis, and might close earlier if the seats are filled for the cohort.

Free

GDC AI Fellowships are supported by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The donor funding allows us to bring this programme to you for free.

Impact

Here's a launch video of the open-source healthcare project that GDC fellows are currently working on.

9

States.

18.6 Cr

Population Coverage.

2000

ICU Beds.

13,000+

Lives Saved.

* Stats as of December 1st, 2023

GenAI @ GDC

GDC Fellows are currently building the following tools to transform healthcare delivery across 9 states in India.

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Voice

Medispeak transforms voice to text and automatically fill Electronic Medical Records.

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Vision

Automate medical readings from ICU equipment into Electronic Medical Records.

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Agent

Ayushma AI is multilingual Medical Protocol Assistant for assisting nurses.

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Transforming India with AI

Srikanth Nadhamuni returned from Silicon Valley to join hands with Nandan Nilekani and transformed the digital public infrastructure for India with Aadhaar.

GDC AI Fellows intern with eGovernance foundation setup by Nandan and Srikanth to transform India using technology.

Fellowships to Full-Time Jobs

Hear from students who have learned AI Skills while interning with eGovernance Foundation during college and now working full-time building solutions for healthcare delivery.

GDC Initiative supported by

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Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe

Chairman, National Educational Technology Forum

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Mekin Maheshwari

Founder, Udhyam.org
ex-CTO, Flipkart

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Srikanth Nadhamuni

Founding CTO, Aadhaar

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Pramod Varma

Chief Architect, Aadhaar & IndiaStack

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Prasad Menon

Ex CHRO, Cleartrip

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Sanjay Vijayakumar

Prime Minister’s Champion of Change (Education)

Batches

Since its launch in 2020 at the peak of the Covid pandemic, over 100,000 students have applied for GDC Fellowships. Meet the fellows below.

Testimonials

The fellowship, recommended by my professors, offered an enriching Full Stack Web Development course with constant mentor support. The subsequent 6-month internship not only boosted my skills but also allowed me to contribute to vital Covid-19 projects, providing a fulfilling career push.

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Shailesh Aanand

Vinoba Bhave University

Before the fellowship, coding was a challenge. The 10-week training transformed my skills and mindset in web development. Grateful for the supportive community, industry insights, and numerous opportunities it provided, including my first web app and open-source contribution.

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Samyuktha Ganeshkumar

Anna University

View all testimonials from our students

A summary of the working

From application to internship, what are the steps involved along with the flow is given below.

Apply

Application process

The Journey of a student from the application process

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Student apply for GDC AI fellowship

Apply for GDC AI fellowship
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Students will be Shortlisted for AI assessment

The AI assessment will access your skills for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and backend tools.

You will receive this information via an email.

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Students will be Shortlisted for One on one interview

Students who perform best in the AI assessments will be shortlisted and one on one interview will be scheduled.

You will receive this information via an email.

Learn

Learning process

Your journey to learn and reach your potential starts

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Students will be Onboarded to the Courses

Students shortlisted from one on one interview will be onboarded to WD-101, WD-201, and WD-301 together.

Duration of the Courses

WD-101 - 2 weeks learning

WD-201 - 6 weeks learning

WD-301 - 6 weeks learning

You will receive this information via an email.

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Complete all three courses within deadline

Students who complete all 3 courses within the deadline will become eligible for internship.

Internship

Internship process

Your are a step away to become a GDC AI fellow.

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Screening for internship

Students who complete all 3 courses within the deadline will be screened for internship

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Internship granted

Students who pass the internship screening will be granted 6 month internship at our partners.

Students who fail the internship screening will be issued the certificate and offboarded from fellowship program.

How is this program different?

Coaching by industry experts

Your submissions will be reviewed, your code will get kind, courteous feedback.

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with devs, designers, and founders.

The best things about these AMAs are the freewheeling question and answer session, where you interact within the network of experts about the most pressing questions in your mind.

Fellowship with a group of students from across the country.

You will collaborate with your peers, through git, GitHub, and the pull request workflow. You will have access to a community forum for discussions as well as a Discord server for conversations.

Skills

You will learn a host of practical skills that will help you in kick-starting your career, and some lessons that will stay with you even long after.

Objective

This program will try to explain the fundamentals of the web. You will learn JavaScript, Node.js and Typescript along the way. The courses are designed to be hands-on with milestones at each level. The lessons are designed to make you think and implement the concepts you have learned throughout the course.

Course Outcomes

  • Learn industry standard practices for programming and product development with GenAI.
  • Learn the basics concepts of web development.
  • Strengthen development skills.
  • Develop knowledge of Databases and how to operate them.
  • Fundamentals of React, Typescript, and Node.js Framework.
  • Basics of Deployment and Scaling Web Applications in production.

Prerequisites

You have prior programming skills in full-stack web development and that you already have a development environment with a stable internet connection, Linux/Mac is preferred, Windows is not Preferred (except Linux on Windows with WSL).

Above all, you need to have a strong will to learn new skills.

Rolling Admissions

All incoming entries are evaluated on a first come first serve basis and if there are enough qualified applicants, the application process would close earlier. We encourage you to apply early if you are interested in being a part of this fellowship program.

Screening and Selection

Students applying for the fellowship program will undergo a multi-level screening and selection process, starting from the application stage and continuing through internship onboarding. Only those who successfully pass the final screening after completing the training will be onboarded for a 6-month internship.

Students who successfully complete both the training and the 6-month internship will be recognized as GDC Fellows.

Questions?

Email us at support@pupilfirst.org

Join the Gen AI Fellowship!