Apply now for Acumen Fund Fellowship Program 2012-2013

About the Acumen Global Fellowship Program (2012-2013)

The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders

The mission of the Acumen Fund Fellows Program is to build a corps of next generation social sector leaders by fusing operational and financial skills with moral imagination to create solutions to global poverty and fill the talent gap.

Who becomes a Fellow?

For the Class of 2011, Acumen Fund received over 550 applications from over 65 different countries for 10 positions. While each Fellow comes from a diverse background and brings a unique skill set to the Fellowship, they have identified some key indicators of a successful Fellow:

  • Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities
  • Experience working in emerging markets
  • Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong passion and commitment
  • 3-7 years of work experience
  • Graduate degree preferred
The Acumen online application consists of five parts:
  • Background information
  • Resume/CV
  • Two references
  • Short & Long Answer Questions
Prospective fellows are advised 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,  by please clicking here.

The East African Acumen Fellows Program (2012-2013)

Building off of the success of the Global Fellows Program, we are expanding our investment in leadership with the East Africa Fellows Program. This program will be made up of individuals who are driving groundbreaking projects with large social impact both as employees with businesses, public sector organizations, and leading NGOs - and as enterepreneurs. The East Africa Fellows Program offers Fellows the opportunity to receive world-class leadership training along with the tools to accelerate the progress of their social projects.

Why East Africa?

Acumen Fund seeks to identify and train these next generation leaders united by a common mission of harnessing the power of social innovation to create solutions to East Africa’s most pressing problems. Hundreds of NGOs exist in East Africa, and millions of dollars in foreign assistance reach the region each year, yet people are still living in poverty. For real development to happen in East Africa, it must take a drastically different direction. This new direction must be defined by a bold set of East African business, nonprofit, and government leaders.

The online Application for the 2012-2013 East Africa Class is open from March to April 15 2012.


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About Me

10 years experience enhancing donor-funded partner organizations’ capacities in strategic planning, financial, administrative, organizational and programming management. Skilled in donor partner organizational assessments and partner capacity building. A 10 years experience in managing development donor-funded projects in the thematic areas of poverty-reduction, governance and democracy, conflict transformation and integration of Gender, Justice and Peace issues into mainstream programs (HIV/AIDS, Agriculture, Water and Sanitation, Emergency)

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