Nominations for the Acumen Fellowship Program 2020 are now open. The Social Changemakers fellowship is an intensive leadership development program designed to provide a pipeline for tomorrow’s social change actors.
The Acumen Fellows program aims to create a community of leaders who challenge the status quo, overcome differences, and inspire their communities to believe in a brighter future.
Most importantly, the Fellows remain in their jobs and come together for five seminars, each lasting 6 days, throughout the year. Attendance at each seminar is mandatory. Between seminars, Fellows are expected to participate in and complete online readings and assignments.
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About the Acumen Fellowship 2020
Over the course of a year, the members stay in the workplace, participate in five intensive, multi-day classroom seminars and use online content between the seminars.
The program design focuses on group learning, self-reflection, and practical application. Fellows receive training, hands-on tools, and space to explore their own leadership paths as they communicate with local and global community innovators in Acumen.
The scholarship program is currently offered in Colombia, East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan. The program is aimed at people who are currently leading or part of an initiative to eradicate poverty.
Clever people see opportunities where others see desperation. They are individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to drive change in their communities. Does it look like you?
Find your region below.
- Colombia: This is a historic moment in Colombia to develop a new narrative of conflicts. The Columbia Fellows program brings together a number of emerging leaders who bring about change through bottom-up approaches and restore the country’s social fabric.
- East Africa: The East Africa Fellowship Program brings together the best and brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and emerging actors in the region’s transformation. Their candidates represent a variety of cultural, geographical and socio-economic contexts from Uganda to Ethiopia.
- India: Every year, the India Fellows Program brings together dynamic people who are committed to making significant changes in their country. Applicants come from almost every area and have demonstrated their ability to influence their sector.
Pakistan: The Pakistan Fellows Program provides founders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, policymakers, innovators and movement builders with the education and support they need to solve Pakistan’s most serious problems and challenge the status quo.
- West Africa: West Africa has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but it needs a different kind of leadership to ensure everyone benefits from the fruits of that growth. It requires leaders who are based on integrity and relentlessly seeking fairness and justice. The West Africa Fellows program brings together entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and builders from public and private sector organizations who demonstrate leadership and commitment to do more.
Seminars usually take place in or in big cities. In the past they took place:
Program for East Africa:
Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali, and Darussalam
India program: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mysore
Pakistani program: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Murree, Peshawar, and Bahawalpur
For 2020, individuals will be notified of the exact dates of the seminars if they are selected as Fellows in early 2020.
Insights are invested not only in the growth of each fellow during the program but also in their development as actors in the fight against poverty throughout their lives. After the first year, scholarship holders can benefit from ongoing mentoring and mentoring.
Acumen also has a very active and growing network of social sector organizations, thought leaders and members around the world. We involve all Acumen members in events, newsletters, and subsequent recruitment processes.
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Eligibility for Acumen Fellowship 2020
- The Fellowship Program 2020 is currently offered in Colombia, East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan.
- Scholarship holders are from all age groups, come from different cultural, geographical and socio-economic backgrounds and work in different sectors.
Acumen Fellowship 2020 is being hosted in Fellow’s Home country.
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Social Changemakers fellowship 2020 is available for Colombia, East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan citizens.
Searched members are:
On average, they select 20 members per year in each region.
Aside from the Social Changemakers fellowship 2020, there are other scholarships available to international students to study abroad. You can check our scholarship by country to access all scholarships available.
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How to Apply for Social Changemakers fellowship 2020
The Acumen Fellowship Program selection process comprises a total of three steps.
STEP 1: APPLICATIONS. Sunday, September 9 at 23:59 local time. All requests must be completed and submitted online. After the first submission, successful candidates will be invited to participate in the second stage.
STEP 2: ONLINE COMMITMENT (FOR PK / IN / EA / WA). Instructions for Phase 2 will be sent on Tuesday, September 25th. All tasks must be completed by Wednesday, October 10 and submitted online. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in Phase 3.
STEP 3: TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS (FOR CO). These will take place at the end of September. The Acumen team will contact all applicants to set a mutually beneficial time for the interview. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the third stage.
STEP 4: SELECTION CONFERENCE. Stage 3 is a mandatory personal session day and will be held in each region in mid-November.
STEP 5: FINAL SELECTION: Candidates selected in the 2020 cohorts will be notified by December 2019.
Your selection team will carefully review the submissions and attendance at each stage of the process and select candidates for the next step. At each stage of the application process, all applicants will receive from their team communication on the progress of their application.
Select your region below to start your application:
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Apply online through the given link.
For more information, visit the Acumen Fellowship website.
Social Changemakers Fellowship 2020 Application Deadline
For the Acumen Fellowship Program, 2020 Applications closed on August 11th for the 2020 cohort of Acumen Fellows. Here is the timeline for the application process:
- Select candidates will be invited to Stage 2 (online assignment) and Stage 3 (a selection conference in late November/early December).
- The new cohort will be announced in January 2020.
Acumen Fellowship FAQs
Who are Acumen Fellows?
The Fellows Program 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. Our Fellows are of all ages, come from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds and work across multiple sectors. Acumen Fellows understand that poverty extends beyond income levels, and that the opposite of poverty is not income: it is dignity. Dignity is freedom. It is having control over decisions that affect our lives.
What is the Acumen Fellows Program?
The program is the start of a journey towards mastering the skills, attributes, and values of moral leadership: a combination of empathy, immersion, understanding, and action. What binds our Fellows is shared values, a common commitment to a world beyond poverty and injustice, a pledge to accompany one another, to help and celebrate one another, and to hold each other to account.
Do I have to be working in a social enterprise to be considered for the Fellowship?
No. Although many of our Fellows do work in social enterprises, Fellows can be working in any sector (including for-profit, nonprofit, corporations, and government).
Is the program only open to entrepreneurs?
No. Fellows go on various career paths and personal journeys over their lives, but many of the Fellows we’ve seen over the years include:
Entrepreneurs who have founded or are leading a for-profit or nonprofit organization that provides critical goods and services to the underserved
Intrapreneurs who are creating innovative solutions to tackle poverty or injustice from within existing institutions by shifting institutional culture and building new collaborations.
Organizational builders who are supporting the growth of poverty or injustice-focused institution from within, but not as the founder or CEO
They are looking for an entrepreneurial attitude, mindset, and approach – people who don’t accept the status quo.
What are the academic qualifications for the program?
There are no specific academic prerequisites.
Is English proficiency a requirement?
Yes. All seminars and training are conducted in English, with the exception of the Colombia program, which is offered in Spanish. Conversational proficiency in the language that the program will be conducted in is a requirement to ensure Fellows are able to give and get the most from this experience.
Do I have to be a citizen of the region to which I am applying?
Yes. We consider applications from citizens of the country or region. We will, on an exceptional basis, consider applicants who demonstrate a concrete connection to the region (ie. long-term employment, residency, the focus of the social change project).
Are there a minimum or maximum age requirements for Fellows?
No. There is neither a minimum age requirement nor a maximum age cut off.
Can I apply if I have taken +Acumen courses?
Absolutely! Taking +Acumen courses prior to the fellowship is strongly encouraged.
Which costs does the program cover?
Acumen covers all program-related expenses during the fellowship year. This includes all costs associated with the seminars including lodging, food, transportation and visas.
Does the Fellows Program provide scholarships, funding or additional benefits?
No. As this is a part-time program, we do not provide scholarships, stipends, funding or insurance.
They do provide need-based scholarships for travel and accommodation for individuals selected to attend for Stage 3 Selection Conference in end-November/early-December. Individuals who pass through Stage 2 and are interested in being considered for scholarship are asked to apply for it when they are invited to the Conference.