Apply Now for One of Our Regional Fellows Programs!
We are currently accepting applications for the India and East Africa Regional Fellows Programs, with Pakistan to open in July. Click on one of the links below to learn more and apply!
When Fellows join the Regional Fellows Program, they embark on a leadership journey. Over the course of the year, Fellows engage in deep reflection, challenge their assumptions about the world, and strengthen their moral compass. Through these programs, we hope to create an interconnected web of global leaders who share values, collaborate with each other, and drive change.
During the course of a year-long program, Acumen Regional Fellows remain in their jobs and come together every 6-8 weeks for a series of 5 seminars focused on developing the skills needed to be the next generation of social change leaders. Acumen Fellows focus on gaining the financial expertise, operational expertise, and moral imagination necessary to solve the world’s toughest problems. In addition to developing the core areas of Acumen’s leadership model, Fellows meet with prominent leaders from across sectors and build relationships within their cohort and Acumen Fellows Alumni around the world.
The first seminar focuses on group formation and introduces Acumen’s patient capital model and leadership philosophy. The core session is the Good Society Readings. Through this series of facilitated discussions on the works of great thinkers such as Plato, King, Gandhi, Mandela and Jinnah, Fellows explore the meaning of a just society and think more broadly about the historical and moral traditions of social change work.
The second seminar pushes Fellows to reflect on their leadership strengths and weaknesses, clarify their purpose in life, and develop their storytelling abilities. The core of this training is a multi-day workshop on Adaptive Leadership facilitated by the Cambridge Leadership Associates.
At the midpoint of the fellowship year, the cohort focuses on building financial and operational skills mainly through experiential learning. Through sessions facilitated by IDEO.org and Income/Outcome, Fellows gain a strong understanding of the human-centered design process and the basic level of literacy in finance and accounting necessary to grow their organizations and projects. In addition, Fellows experiment with building new business models using the Lean Start-Up methodology.
The Learning trip gives Fellows a deeper understanding of poverty in their region and their role as a changemaker. Fellows travel to a new area, engage with the local community, and meet with thought leaders and innovators who are creating positive change.
At the end of the fellowship year, Fellows reflect on their leadership journey, make plans to stay connected, and set goals for continuing their work in social change. This seminar also includes guest speakers and a graduation ceremony celebrating the completion of the fellowship.
The fellowship is more than just a one-year program – it is the start of a lifelong leadership journey and the beginning of a lasting relationship with Acumen Fellows Alumni around the world.
After graduating from any of our Fellows Programs – either East Africa, Pakistan, India, or Global – all of our Fellows join a single, united Fellows Alumni group. Acumen understands that leadership can be a lonely journey, and the Alumni body acts as a support system where Fellows can not only push each other but also collaborate to achieve their goals. Alumni are also actively involved in selecting future cohorts, get exclusive invitations to Acumen events, and receive a quarterly Alumni Newsletter. In addition, there are a number of examples of Alumni working together on new businesses and social impact initiatives.
Alumni not only maintain their connection to their fellow Fellows, but also to Acumen’s extensive global community of advisors and peer organizations. Alumni have been able to leverage our network to gain connections to investors, job opportunities and mentors.
Click here to check out the latest Alumni Newsletter.
The selection process for this program is very rigorous and highly competitive. Here is a general timeline of the process:
The online application consists of:
Application Instructions: For more guidance on how to answer the application questions, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions: For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers, please click here.