About Anant Fellowship

A one-year full-time post-graduate programme designed as a multi-disciplinary immersion to introduce young practitioners and students to new ideas, knowledge, and skills to question, evaluate, invent and redefine the Built Environment.

Anant Fellowship is the flagship program of Anant National University, a leading private university with design and sustainability at its core.

The Fellowship is open to students and practitioners from all professional and educational backgrounds with a preference to those from the disciplines of architecture, design, planning, environmental science and engineering, civil and construction engineering, IT, social sciences, and humanities.

As an Anant Fellow you can expect to:

  • Enhance your technical and core skills in architecture, design, and planning
  • Be trained to think broadly and deeply across topics like Green Urbanism, Earth Based Construction Techniques, Transportation, Anthropology, Sociology, and Economics, among others
  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others and develop imaginative empathy
  • Collaborate with like-minded individuals from diverse disciplines and take up a Built Environment challenge with an opportunity for real-life impact
  • Become purpose-driven leaders who contribute to the larger society by creating unique Built Environment solutions

In essence, you will be equipped with skills widely accepted by thought leaders as essential skills of the future – Empathy, Collaboration, Creative Problem Solving, and Leadership.

  • Open to students from all backgrounds. Preference will be given to students from the disciplines of architecture, design, planning, environmental sciences, civil and construction engineering, and relevant social science disciplines.
  • Applicants must have a sound academic record and should have successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree before the start of the Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be able to show a demonstrated commitment to improving the Built Environment and an understanding of the issues pertaining to the area.
  • Anant Fellowship is committed to diversity; we invite applications from students and professionals of all age groups, socio-economic backgrounds, and geographies both in India and internationally.

A year to expand your horizons and impact

Anant Fellowship has been carefully curated and structured to prepare you to make exponential change – within yourself, to the country, and to the world. Academic rigor and intensity have been combined with first-hand, experiential discovery to create an equitable balance between theory and praxis, between instruction and experimentation, & between paced-learning and open-ended discovery.

  • Academic Instruction: The first component of Anant Fellowship is designed to broaden your perspective and aid empathetic solutions by learning from pioneering ideas, thoughts in two thematic clusters: Domain and Technical and Societal and Cultural.
  • Experiential Discovery: In the second component of Anant Fellowship, you will learn from your own, your peers’ first-hand experiences, and from your own values, beliefs, mindsets, and constructs.
  • Live-Action Project: The third and most important component of the Fellowship is the Live Action Project where you work in teams for the duration of one year to
    solve a real-life challenge in close association with local administrative bodies and
    community stakeholders.

The figure on the right gives an indicative list of things/courses you can expect to do under each of these heads.

For complete details about Anant Fellowship and course structure, watch this information session video by ANU’s Provost, Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha.

At a Glance

Real Learning

Anant Fellowship has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners who wish to further their knowledge and impact without interrupting their careers. The coursework is rigorous and demanding; the result is a real and practical learning experience.


The Fellowship faculty is unmatched around the world. With an average experience of 20+ years, these are the most celebrated and respected experts in their respective domains.


Spread across a sprawling 40-acre campus in Ahmedabad, the heart, and hub of all things related to Architecture, Design, and Environment.


Separate accommodation on twin sharing basis available for Males and Females. The hostel is equipped with all facilities for comfortable living including a Sports Room, Projector, Washing Machine, Wi-Fi connection etc. Transport is provided to and from the hostel.


In the second year of the Fellowship, we are offering need-based scholarships up to 80% of the cost of Tuition, Boarding, and Lodging. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of getting scholarship assistance.

Start-up Accelerator

Assistance to start your own innovative enterprise by providing seed funding for the best three start-up ideas in the space of Built Environment.

Apply Now

The following elements will be considered to identify candidates with a strong, relentless commitment to make a change to the Built Environment:

  • Online Application consisting of Worksample, Statement of Purpose, and Resume.
  • Telephonic Interview
  • Personal Interview
  • Letters of Recommendation

A limited number of seats for the fellows remain available. Additional applications are being considered on a rolling basis until the cohort is filled. Please contact us at fellowship@anu.edu.in with any questions or to discuss the particulars of your situation.

To submit your application for Anant Fellowship click here.


Leading practitioners, educators, scholars, and thinkers from around the world to guide, inspire, push, and encourage you.

Anant National University

Anant National University, located in the sprawling 40 acres of Sanskardham Campus in Ahmedabad, is preparing to be India’s leading private teaching and research university with Design and Sustainability at its core.

AnantU was established as a UGC recognized private university in 2016. Our current student body strength is 540, which is planned to be increased to 5000+ in the next five years. We offer eight courses of study under two schools – BArch, BDes, BDes (Space/Interiors), BDes (Product), BDes (Interaction), Anant Fellowship, MDes, and MDes (IPD)

The university is led by a cadre of eminent people from academia, business, and government, each of whom are leaders in their respective fields. Meet some of our Board Members who are leaders in their respective fields:

Ajay Piramal

President, Anant National University
Chairman, Piramal Group & Shriram Group

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha

Provost, Anant National University
Founding Dean, Indian School of Business (ISB)
Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai

Chairman, Network 18
Quality Council of India
Former Chairman, McKinsey & Co., India

Ms. Indira Parikh

Founder President
FLAME University

Mr. Pankaj Patel

Chairman & Managing Director,
Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

Dr. Sudhir K. Jain

IIT Gandhinagar