Call for Applications: The 2013/2014 Fellowship Programme.

IDEO Fellowsip


IDEO Fellowsip is a nonprofit design and innovation organization focused on solving challenges in poverty and spreading human-centered design through the social sector.

The Fellowship Program enables future global leaders from the design, business, and social sectors to spend one year working with experienced IDEO designers on social impact challenges.

Over a 13-month period, Fellows will create solutions for nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations on an array of topics, such as agriculture, water and sanitation, health, financial services, education, and more. Fellowships are based in San Francisco, California. Frequent travel and getting your hands dirty in the field are required.

Why Do the Fellowship?

  • To gain expertise in design thinking.
  • To learn to apply human-centered design to the challenges of poverty.
  • To get the chance to work alongside world class designers in a world class nonprofit.
  • To connect with individuals and communities firsthand.

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional full-time work experience, or a graduate degree plus 3 years of work experience.
  • English fluency (written and spoken). Additional language capabilities are preferred.
  • Ability to legally work in the U.S. for one year ( can help with the visa application process).

How to Apply?

  • CV or Resume.
  • Cover letter: tell us why you and are made for each other.
  • Visual story: create a visual story about something more you’d like us to know about yourself. Use photos, video, drawing, or whatever visual medium seems most appropriate for you. We are really interested in your creativity, but also want to see how well you can tell your story SUCCINCTLY.
  • Essay: 500 words (or less) telling us about an experience you’ve had with a culture other than your own that changed your perspective in some way. Different cultural experiences are up to you to define.
  • Participate on share your stories, answer other participants’ questions, or post your own. We want to see how you can engage our online community and encourage others to share their stories.
  • One letter of recommendation: from a professional or academic contact. What do other people think of your potential to do great things as an Fellow?

Where Do I Send My Application Materials?

Email your materials to [email protected]. Please only send PDF versions of your CV, cover letter, essay, and visual story (if you’re creating a video, please include the link to the Youtube or Vimeo site in the PDF as well).

Application Due:  Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm PST
Candidate Selection: 
March 10, 2013 or earlier
Fellowship Dates: 
July 31, 2013 – September 12, 2014

For More Information

For more details, download the FAQ here. Still questions? Send an email to: to [email protected]


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