We are excited to announce that the application process for the 2010-2011 Class of Acumen Fund Fellows is now open!
Applications will be accepted online until 11:59pm EST on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Detailed information about the program and application process, as well as the bios of current and past fellows, can be found on our website.
We are looking for dedicated individuals with the practical skills, the creativity, the empathy and the leadership potential to affect change by leveraging market-based solutions to create social impact. Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented, passionate people from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds and ethnicities.
Each year, the Acumen Fund Fellows Program provides extraordinary young professionals with a unique opportunity to use their skills to effect real social change with our portfolio organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Pakistan, and to build lasting relationships with other like-minded individuals.
Who Becomes a Fellow?
Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented, passionate individuals from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds, religions and ages. Ideal Fellows include those who have already decided on a career in venture philanthropy, those who are seeking a career at the highest levels in the corporate world but want to better understand and impact problems of global poverty, and budding social entrepreneurs who want to learn about managing organizations in demanding settings.
Is the program only open to US citizens or do you welcome foreign applicants?
Acumen Fund seeks Fellows who will bring diverse backgrounds, training and experience to create a dynamic team environment. We welcome applicants of any nationality, and we are prepared to do what is possible and reasonable, within the guidelines of US and international immigration authorities, to address Fellows’ visa and immigration needs in order to ensure that we include the most promising future leaders.
Is there an age or education requirement for the program? There is no specific age or degree required for the program. However, we typically seek individuals with 3–7 years of work experience, and we prefer candidates who hold a graduate degree.
Since graduating its first class of Fellows in 2007, the Fellows Program has continued to grow and expand, using the experiences of each class to continue building a unique training curriculum specifically focused on leadership and social enterprises. Fellows Alumni have called the program a life-changing experience, and one that allowed them to build critical business skills and a better understanding of the challenges involved in serving low-income consumers around the world.