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LedBy Fellowship

India's First Leadership incubator for Muslim Women

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A 5-month intensive Leadership Program, free of cost, for high-potential college-going

Indian Muslim women

Founder's Message

Hear Dr. Ruha Shadab talk about LedBy Foundation and the Fellowship program

Program Offerings


  • Structured Thinking & Communication

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Design Thinking

  • Purpose and Values



  • Access to industry experts through 1:1 office-hours

  • Learn from a diverse cohort through peer mentoring

  • Pay it forward by being a mentor to young and aspiring girls

Executive Coaching

  • Personalized coaching with certified international Executive Coaches

  • Identify your strengths and channelize them to excel in your career

Fellowship Timelines 2021

Get to know you

1st October 2020 to
14 January 2021


Presentation Submission

14 January 2021 to
14 February 2021


Personal Interview

14 March 2021 to
28 April 2021

Cohort Announcement

21 May 2021

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Alishah Ali

The program has a humongous aim to empower the community and the women. The fellowship is acing in it's perspective and working as per micro to macro principle. It stands out for me because nowhere else any fellow is groomed as an important individual belonging to a particular group or in general.


Hamda Siddiqui

The founder, the team, the fellows, and the mentors, all had one thing in common. They all communicated really well with each other. There was no gap at any point. As a fellow, my network widened really fast. I connected with the best women across the country. I cannot think of making these connections at one place in any other setting.


Shaheen Khan

The activities like 1:1 with mentors and fellows really helped me to build a network, listen to so many struggles and success stories. Getting connected with like-minded people really helped me to weave my story.

Hear from our 2020 Fellows

Want to know more? Here's a sneak peak


A group of highly talented young women who made it to the Fellowship


Our community of 100+ high-achieving women inspire, encourage, and act as role models to our Fellows

Workshop Facilitators

International experts associated with the best institutions nurture and encourage our fellows to develop their full potential

Executive Coaches

Executive coaches highly experienced in coaching Industry leaders and corporate executives take up 1:1 coaching sessions for our fellows

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for the fellowship if you​

  • Identify yourself as an Indian Muslim Woma(x)n

  • Are currently enrolled in a post-graduate program (2 years)

  • Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (3 or 4 years). We will consider the candidates who are in their final year or pre-final year

  • Physically reside in India

What we look for in our Fellows




High-potential, young Indian Muslim Women who are ambitious and are looking for an environment that understands and supports the unique experiences and journeys of Indian Muslim women. We will select 24 women to participate in the fellowship, who will go through this transformative and empowering journey. Our goal is to create collaborative, nurturing, and confident professionals which in turn will support a socially inclusive and equitable story of India’s growth.


When will the applications for LedBy 2022 Fellowship begin?

The applications for the 2022 LedBy Fellowship will be open from October 2021. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates when the applications begin

When will the 2021 final cohort be announced?

The results of the 2021 cohort has been announced on 21 May 2021. You may access their profiles on our fellows page

Our Advisors and Facilitators represent some of the best organisations