YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship 2016 for Young Change Agents.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

The Laureate Global Fellowship is a program of YouthActionNet, a signature initiative of the International Youth Foundation. Made possible by the Laureate International Universities, the fellowship supports 20 young social entrepreneurs each year who apply from countries worldwide.

Now in its 16th year, YouthActionNet supports a global network of 1350+ young leaders who have benefited from programs in the 23 national, regional, and global leadership institutes.


Young social entrepreneurs worldwide who meet these criteria are eligible:

• Age 18-29 as of October 1, 2016
• Founder or co-founder of an existing social venture*
• Have achieved at least one year of impact through the venture
• Fluent in English
*Applicants must be founder or co-founder of a venture that has not previously participated in the Laureate Global Fellowship.



All selected Fellows receive:
• Immersive leadership training and retreat in San Jose, Costa Rica (October 2016)
• Yearlong fellowship experience including coaching/mentoring, advocacy, and networking opportunities
• Access to our global network of 1350+ change makers worldwide
• A lifetime of continued learning and support offered to all alumni

Key Dates

February 8th, 2016: APPLICATION OPENS

  • Applicants must complete written and video portions of application, and supply 2 reference namesMarch 13th, 2016: DEADLINE TO APPLY
  •  Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on March 13thJune 13th, 2016: APPLICANTS NOTIFIED OF STATUS
  • All applicants will receive notification, including those who were not selected as Fellows
    this year
    October 5 — 15th, 2016: Laureate Global Fellowship Leadership Training & Retreat
  • Those selected as Laureate Global Fellows must attend the entirety of the training and
    retreat in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Costs including airfare, Costa Rican visa fee, ground transportation, accommodations, and group meals are covered by the International Youth Foundation

How to apply

Please apply through YouthActionNet’s 2016 Laureate Global Fellowship Online Application.
While online applications are preferred, there is a Microsoft Word version of the application for those who require it due to limited bandwith. Click here to access the Word application.

In order to provide our applicants with the opportunity to clearly and thoroughly explain their ventures and personal journey, the application consists of seven sections. Each must be completed in order for an application to be reviewed. There is one additional section which is encouraged but not mandatory.

Part 1: Basic Information. You will provide basic information about you, including contact information.
Part 2: Video Submission. Using guidelines provided in this application, you will create an original video and post it online. Your video will be the first opportunity we have to see your passion, knowledge, and unique perspective. We hope you will be specific and succinct in explaining your personal relationship to your work (why you do what you do), the steps you have made towards change (what your venture does), and what a successful future looks like for your venture.

Part 3: Your Venture. You will describe key elements of your social venture, including core activities, beneficiaries, impact, and achievements.

Part 4: Your Business Model. You will discuss your venture’s funding structure, revenue generation strategies, and partnerships.

Part 5: Tell Us About You. You will share your background, leadership style, and what you hope to learn if selected.

Part 6: Additional Information. Questions in this section are used primarily for statistics and program learning; they do not affect your eligibility for the fellowship.

Part 7: References. You will be asked to enter the contact information for two references who can discuss your eligibility for the fellowship.

Part 8: Supporting Documents. You will have the opportunity to submit up to three additional documents that may provide judges with a better understanding of your venture. This section is optional but highly encouraged.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship 2016


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