Apply Now: 2014/2015 Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program for Next Generation Leaders.

Deadline: December 13 2013

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ACUMEN FELLOW? BE PART OF A NEW GENERATION THAT’S REDEFINING LEADERSHIP.

Established in 2006, the Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to serving the poor and who have the business and operational expertise, and moral imagination needed to effect long-term social change. The fellowship begins with an eight-week training program in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows learn about business models for the poor, hone their leadership skills, and learn more about Acumen.

After training, each Fellow works for the CEO or senior management of an Acumen investee on a critical business issue facing the organization. Fellows have worked on projects ranging from leading operations of a new business unit at a cotton ginnery in Uganda, to expanding the clinic network of a pharmacy company in India, to developing branding strategies for a microfinance institution in Pakistan.

Since 2006, we have received more than 4,400 applications from 100 countries and trained 63 Fellows from 21 countries. After the Fellowship year, Fellows continue to create social change, with 85% of the alumni currently in leadership positions at socially progressive organizations such as IDEO.org, Bridge International Academies, Endeavor, Bamboo Finance, New Island Capital, We the Change Foundation, Living Goods, Ashoka, Omidyar Network, and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

FELLOWSHIP YEAR OVERVIEW

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

September to mid-November

The Global Fellowship begins with two months of intensive training at the Acumen offices in New York.  The training curriculum is based on the three core principles of moral imagination, financial expertise, and operational expertise. Acumen partners with some of the foremost organizations to deliver this leadership curriculum.

FIELD PLACEMENT

Mid-November to August

For nine months, Fellows work at one of Acumen’s portfolio companies as key staff members. Fellows work directly with entrepreneurs, interact with customers, and grapple, first-hand, with the complex issues of addressing the needs of the poor.

DEBRIEF & BEYOND

September & Onwards

Fellows return to New York to share their experiences and lessons learned with the Acumen staff and community.  Fellows receive career development support to assist with their post-Fellowship career plans.  After the Fellowship, Alumni remain connected through bi-annual gatherings, newsletters, participation in future selection processes, and other opportunities.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

There are four parts of the initial application:

  • Background Information
  • Your Resume/CV
  • Applicant Summary and Overview
  • Essay Questions

THE SELECTION PROCESS

  • November 13, 2013: Application opens
  • December 13, 2013: Application closes
  • December – January: phone interviews
  • February- March: In person interviews
  • April- May: Final candidates selected and offers made

Apply Now for the Acumen Global Fellows Programme

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Acumen Fund Global Fellowship Programme

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