Q: 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 enterprise; Fellows can be working in any sector (including for-profit, nonprofit, social enterprise and government).

Q: Is the program only open to entrepreneurs?

No. fellows can be entrepreneurs who have started their own organization or intrapreneurs driving change within existing organizations. We are looking for an entrepreneurial attitude, mindset and approach – people who don’t accept the status quo.

Q: What are the academic qualifications for the program?

There are no specific academic prerequisites.

Q: Is English proficiency a requirement?

Yes. All seminars and trainings are conducted in English, with the exception of the Colombia program, which will be offered in Spanish. Proficiency in the language the program will be conducted in is a requirement to ensure Fellows are able to give and get the most from this experience.

Q: Do I have to be a citizen of the region to which I am applying? (ex. Indian to apply to the Indian Fellows Program)

Yes. We consider applications from citizens of the country / region. We will, on an exceptional basis, consider applicants who demonstrate a concrete connection to the region (i.e. long-term employment, residency, focus of the social change project).

Q: Are there minimum or maximum age requirements for Fellows?

No. There is neither a minimum age requirement, nor a maximum age cut off.

Q: Do I need to be currently involved in work focused on poverty and injustice?

Yes. We are looking for individuals who currently have a leadership role in an organization or initiative committed to fighting poverty and / or injustice on a full-time basis.

Q: Can someone who has participated in one Acumen Fellows program apply and participate in another? (ex. can a Global Fellow join the India, Pakistan, East Africa or West Africa program?)

No. Each cohort of Acumen Fellows must be comprised of individuals who have not previously taken part in an Acumen Fellows program. This is specific to Acumen’s programs, candidates who have participated in other fellowships or leadership programs are welcome to apply.

Q: If I have taken +Acumen courses, can I apply?

Absolutely! Taking +Acumen courses prior to the fellowship is strongly encouraged.