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About Anant Fellowship

A one year, full-time post-graduate diploma programme in built environment 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 programme of Anant National University, India’s first Design University.

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:

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.


Programme Details

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 rigour and intensity have been combined with first-hand, experiential discovery to create an equitable balance between theory and praxis, between instruction and experimentation, and 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 providing you the opportunity of learning from pioneering ideas and 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 and your peers’ first-hand experiences, and from your own values, beliefs, mindsets, and constructs.
  • Live-Action Project: The third and the most important component of the Fellowship is the Live Action Project where you work in teams throughout the duration of one year to solve a real-life challenge in close association with local administrative bodies and community stakeholders.

The figure below 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 AnantU’s Provost, Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha.


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  • Three
1 Sustainable Heritage Development Amareswar Galla, Ph.D. DOWNLOAD
2 Explorations in Life space, life Roles & Identity (ELRI) Prof. Indira Parikh DOWNLOAD
3 Perspectives on Indian Civilization Michel Danino DOWNLOAD
4 Basics of Communication Dr. Sonam Mansukhani DOWNLOAD
5 Vulnerability and Built Environment Dr. Renu Desai DOWNLOAD
6 Regenerative Design Daniel S. Pearl DOWNLOAD
7 Human Centred Design & Frugal Innovation Vijay Chariar DOWNLOAD
8 Personal Mastery Amit Kumar DOWNLOAD
9 Representation Module Amit Krishn Gulati DOWNLOAD
10 Oral Communications Dr. Sonam Mansukhani DOWNLOAD
11 SDGS and Built Environment Dr. Preeti Shroff DOWNLOAD

Download the Fellowship placement report


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.


Located in a sprawling 100-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. 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 third year of the Fellowship, we are offering 80% scholarships covering cost of Tuition, Boarding, and Lodging to all accepted candidates. Limited 100% scholarships are available for those with combined annual family income of less than INR 8 lacs. 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 consists of Resume, Work Sample and Statement of Purpose (Three Questions)
  • Telephonic Interview
  • Personal Interview
  • Offer


Submit your application for Anant Fellowship here


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

O. P. Agarwal

Senior Urban Transport Specialist, The World Bank
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technolog

Seema Anand and Prashant Dhawan

Biomimicry India Lab and Studio

Michel Danino

Padma Shri Awardee
Guest Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar

Amareswar Galla

Honorary Professor,
Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia

Amit Gulati

Product Designer | Architect, Incubis
Masters, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Shimul Javeri Kadri

Principal, SJK Architects
MA, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Anutosh Kanoria

Chevening Scholar
Masters, Space Syntax Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Dean, School of Architecture, University of Miami
Ph.D. Princeton University

Steffen Lehmann

Professor, University of Portsmouth
Ph.D. TU-Berlin

Ashok Malhotra

Co-Founder, Sumedhas Academy of Human Context
PGDBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Indira Parikh

Founder President, FLAME University, Former Dean, IIM-A
Ph.D. Gujarat University

Aparna Piramal Raje

Author, Working Out of the Box: 40 Stories of Leading CEO
MBA, Harvard Business School

Sonal Shah

Urban Planner, ITDP India
MSc, Columbia University

Priyamwada Singh

Founder, common Ground practice
MArch, Columbia University

Daniel S Pearl

Co-founder & Partner, L’OEUF (L’Office de l’éclectisme urbain et fonctionnel ) s.e.n.c

Preeti Singh

Founder, My Satori Path
Masters, University of Delhi

Shreyasi Singh

Author, The Wealth Wallahs
Head, Edtech Initiatives, 9.9 Media
Masters, Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Dr. Preeti Shroff

Professor and Dean, MICA I Head- MDP PhD, State University of New York,
USA M. Phil, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, England

Dr. Shahana Chattaraj

Visiting Fellow at Centre for Policy Research Director, SCALA Research Policy Design for Cities
Ph.D, Public Affairs/Urban Policy, Princeton University

Ar. Riyaz Tayyibji

Partner & Principal Architect, Anthill Design.
Visiting Lecturer Cept University

Ar. Zameer Basrai

Architect, TheBusride Design Studio


Anant National University (AnantU), India’s first Design University, is located in an expansive, lush green campus in the World Heritage City of Ahmedabad. It was established as a private university in 2016 by an Act of Legislature of the State of Gujarat.

AnantU aims to bridge the gap between contemporary socio-economic challenges and sustainable solutions through design thinking. Its widely acclaimed international and national faculty facilitate a holistic design education with a liberal arts perspective. The academic experience at the university focusses on developing the self, while simultaneously building domain expertise and providing industry exposure. AnantU offers full-time programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels - BDes (Space/Interior, Product, Interaction, Communication, Environmental, Transdisciplinary), BArch, and MDes (Urban Design and Integrated Product Design).

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

Mr. Ajay Piramal

President, Anant National University
Chairman, Piramal 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

Dr. Indira Parikh

Founder President
FLAME University

Mr. Pankaj Patel

Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

Dr. Sudhir K. Jain

IIT Gandhinagar