Acumen Regional Fellows Program

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.

Apply Now for One of Our Regional Fellows Programs!

Applications have closed for 2017 Regional Fellows Programs. Applications for the 2018 Regional Fellows Programs in East Africa, India, and Pakistan will re-open in August 2017.

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Regional Fellows Training

Over the course of a year-long program, Acumen Regional Fellows remain in their jobs while taking part in five week-long immersive workshops. Fellows receive training, practical tools, and the space to explore their own leadership journeys while connecting with innovators across Acumen’s local and global communities.

DSC00617Seminar 1: Foundations of Leadership

The first seminar explores the meaning of a just society and the moral and historical foundation of social change through a series of curated readings of great thinkers such as Plato, Gandhi, Amartya Sen and Nelson Mandela.

Seminar 2: Adaptive Leadership

The second seminar delves into the nature of leadership and what it takes to mobilize people and resources in a constantly changing world.

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The third seminar explores the concept of Systems Thinking and provides Fellows with frameworks to better understand larger, systemic problems and design more effective interventions.

Seminar 4: Capstone Project

The Capstone Project provides fellows with the opportunity to apply their learning while working collaboratively on a live adaptive challenge proposed by members of Acumen’s global community.

Seminar 5: Leading into the Future

The final seminar focuses on synthesizing the lessons from the year, pushing the Fellows to examine their personal growth and transformation through the leadership journey and practice collaborative leadership as they leave to tackle society’s most complex problems.


How to Apply

Who Becomes a Regional Fellow?

  • Individuals currently engaged in social change work. Social change work refers to any project, initiative, program or organization that furthers Acumen’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty. It can take the shape of social enterprise, grant-funded program, government initiative, or socially-focused project within a for-profit corporation.
  • Entrepreneurs who started their own organizations or individuals in positions to influence change within within existing organizations. We are looking for people who don’t accept the status quo.
  • Individuals who demonstrate a commitment and concrete connection to their region.
  • Individuals capable of fully participating in a program conducted in English.

The Selection Process

The selection process for this program is very rigorous and highly competitive. Here is a general timeline of the process:

  • Applications for the class of 2017 will be open in August 2017
  • Telephone Interviews: August/September 2017
  • In-Person Interviews: September/October 2017
  • Final Selection: December 2017

The Application Process

The online application consists of:

  • Background information
  • Resume/CV
  • Short & long answer questions

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.

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