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» Acumen Fund Fellowship Program on leadership for East Africa deadline March 2012

 

About The Program


The East Africa Fellows Program is designed to develop the Fellows’ leadership skills and strengthen the project that they are driving. The year long program is comprised of five multiday seminars – including one regional trip – and culminates in an innovation conference. The seminars will give Fellows access to world-class speakers, trainers, and mentors who allow Fellows to deepen their skills in leadership, social change, and innovation. The regional trip gives Fellows the opportunity to learn about social change models in other countries. The innovation conference is meant to be a chance for Fellows to put into practice the skills they’ve learned over the course of the year, as well as provide a platform to showcase their projects to a larger community of leaders.

Seminars

During each seminar, Fellows deepen their skills in leadership, social change, and innovation in order to better their effectiveness as a leader and develop their business acumen to support their social initiative. Mentorship is also a strong component of the curriculum, and Fellows work one-on-one with prominent leaders and trainers on their personal development and on their projects. They are introduced to different kinds models for social impact. Fellows study readings and listen to speakers who push them to challenge their assumptions around the role of government, social justice, and different theories of development.

Regional Trip

The purpose of the regional trip is for the Fellows to have the opportunity to learn about social change models in other countries. The location of the trip is decided by the Fellows, and will also be attended by prominent thought leaders across sectors.

Innovation Conference

The year long program culminates with an innovation conference, which is designed and implemented by the Fellows. The innovation conference is meant to be a chance for Fellows to put into practice the skills they’ve learned over the course of the year, as well as provide a platform to showcase their social change initiatives to a larger community of leaders.



East Africa Fellows Program

Why Join?


The East Africa Fellows Program is creating a unique opportunity for East Africans to receive world-class business training, leadership development, and mentorship. Other benefits of the program include:

  • High-quality training in leadership and social development from influential leaders across sectors

  • The tools necessary to accelerate projects with large social impact

  • Access to a network of African and global leaders who are developing innovative solutions to poverty

  • The opportunity to build the communication and execution skills necessary to create lasting change

  • The chance to design and participate in a regional trip

Accelerate your impact

One of the highlights of the program is the support that Fellows receive to refine and scale their own projects with large social impact. The leadership and execution skills developed over the course of the year are meant to augment each Fellow’s ability to advance their initiatives. In addition, Fellows receive continual guidance from experienced mentors and trainers to help with strategy and problem solving.

Expenses

All program-related expenses are covered for Fellows, including all lodging, food, and transportation associated with trainings, the regional/global trip, and the innovation conference. Since Fellows will be remaining in their jobs, they will not receive a stipend or insurance.


How to Apply


The online application process for the 2011-2012 Class of East Africa Fellows is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the next class of Fellows in March 2012.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking candidates with bold ideas, and a track record of leadership. While each Fellow comes from a diverse background and brings a unique skill set to the table, we have identified some key indicators of a successful Fellow:

  • A compelling project with significant social impact that you have been driving for at least 2-3 years

  • A deep passion and commitment to the East African region

  • A proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities

  • Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity and critical thinking skills

The online application

The online application consists of five parts:

  • Background information

  • Resume/CV

  • Two references

  • Short & Long Answer Questions

To view a step-by-step guide about how to successfully fill out the application with the appropriate information, including guidance on how to best answer the essay questions, please click here.

If you are unable to submit an application online because of internet connectivity issues, you may send us a paper application. Click here for the application form and mailing instructions.

The selection process

The selection process for this program is very rigorous and takes place over 3 months. Here is a general timeline of the process:

  • Online Application: March 16 to April 15

  • Telephone Interviews: April 17 to May 7

  • Selection Conference: May 21 (in Nairobi)

  • Finalists Announced May 31