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Social Impact Lab

Spark India - A unique social leadership journey in the heart of India

The Social Impact Lab is excited to announce the return of Spark India – 3 unforgettable, life-changing weeks which will push you outside your comfort zone and accelerate your growth as a leader.

Spark India is a unique fellowship experience which takes place in Mumbai, India. Students work on challenges set by some of India’s most innovative social entrepreneurs to meet diverse social needs. In the process, they take steps towards becoming world-class social impact leaders. The programme is a unique combination of collaborative problem-solving, with a leadership journey in one of the most fascinating countries in the world.


We typically travel to Mumbai at the end of July to Mid-August.

What does it cost?

We have 15 spaces for Spark India, and they are all fully funded.

What will I do on Spark India?

·       Work with multiple NGO partners tackling different social issues in Mumbai, India

·       Immerse yourself in the vibrant Mumbai culture

·       Collaborate with students from Tata Institute of Social Science

·       Sit in on lectures at the Tata Institute of Social Science

·       Take part in personal and professional development workshops

·       Receive 1:1 mentoring


Spark India is not running in 2023-24. Please check back in September for an update.

Spark India

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Spark India FAQ session

Spark India FAQ session run by our Director

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Spark India 2016


The year of the launch - students worked alongside the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and were faced with serious social challenges

Spark India 2017


In partnership with Dharavi Diary, SafeCity and Atma, students focused on technology based challenges to meet diverse social needs

Spark India 2019


From social enterprise visits to getting stuck into crowdfunding campaigns, students worked alongside 3 NGOs: SafeCity, Kranti and Down to Earth

Spark India 2021


The year the programme went virtual - 10 UoS and 10 Ahmedabad University students collaborated with Mijwan Welfare Society, SafeCity and Kranti

Spark India 2022


This year we are going back to Mumbai!

From all the student internships we have collaborated with, we are very impressed with the Spark India programme. The students were passionate about our cause and our work and genuinely wanted to make a difference. They did their homework well before they arrived in India and used the 3 weeks on the ground to add value to our work. They were open to learning, took on additional challenges and went beyond their brief of working on a strategy for our mobile app launch in the UK and globally. We are very excited that they wish to continue working on the Safecity project and are keen to launch a local chapter in Southampton. It was truly more than what we expected. We look forward to many more collaborations in future.

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