Leadership Development Program for Tomorrow’s Social Changemakers


Deadline: 11 August 2019

Applications are now open for Acumen Fellowship program which is designed for individuals who are currently leading or are an integral part of building an initiative whose mission is to eradicate poverty or injustice.

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The purpose of the Acumen Fellows Program is to develop a community of leaders who challenge the status quo, work across lines of difference and inspire their communities to believe in a brighter future. It is the start of a journey towards mastering the skills, attributes, and values of moral leadership: a combination of empathy, immersion, understanding, and action.

Over the course of a year, Fellows remain in their jobs while participating in five, multi-day immersive seminars and engaging in online content between seminars. Currently operating in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Colombia, East Africa, India, and West Africa, the Fellows Program equips leaders from across the country or region with the knowledge, skills and community to become more effective, collaborative agents of change.

Benefits

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Acumen covers all program-related expenses during the fellowship year. This includes all costs associated with the seminars including lodging, food, transportation and visas.

Eligibility Criteria

Their Fellows are individuals who dare to do what’s right, not what’s easy, to create positive change in their region. Fellows can come from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds and work in any sector, and they must be committed to ending poverty and injustice in their community through their work. They are individuals who are making a long-term play at system-level impact and are seeking the leadership skills and moral imagination to make it happen.

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The Fellows applicants seek are:

  • Typically in one of the following trajectories: entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and organizational builders whether for-profit, nonprofit, or in government. Applicants define that as…
    • entrepreneurs: founding or leading a for-profit or nonprofit organization that provides critical goods or services to the underserved
    • organizational builders: supporting the growth of an organization, institution, or company focused on alleviating poverty or injustice but not as the founder of CEO
    • intrapreneurs: creating innovative solutions to tackle poverty or injustice from within an existing institution by shifting its culture and building new collaborations
  • Individuals who have a demonstrated history of impact, commitment and concrete connection to the region.
  • Leaders with strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance and moral imagination.
  • Committed individuals ready to undergo an intensive year-long personal transformation and leadership journey followed by an induction into the larger Fellows Community.
  • Individuals of all ages and education levels who are able to participate in a program conducted in English, or in Spanish for those in the Program in Colombia.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

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Eligible Countries: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, Somalia, South Sudan, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, the island of Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Togo, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Colombia and India.

For more information, please visit https://acumen.org/fellowships/

  • Avatar Prince Monday says:

    Hello. Please where is the website for submitting applications?

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Prince,

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Patrick Igbana says:

    A very import capacity development program. It will be a privilege to participate.
    I am interested.

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Patrick Igbana,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity. You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Comfort Benson says:

    Hi, my name is comfort Benson from Liberia and am interested, but the link below is not selective.

  • Avatar Besa Moses says:

    An opportunity I have always waited for is finally here. Thank you.

  • Avatar Philip Agyei says:

    Hi, my name Philip Agyei
    I’m from Ghana and very interested

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Philip Agyei,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Andre Belo says:

    My country Timor Leste is on the list of elegible country.

  • Avatar Andre Belo says:

    My country Timor Leste is not on the list of eligible country

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