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 enterprises, Fellows can be working in any sector (including for-profit, nonprofit and government).

Q: Is the program only open to entrepreneurs?

No. Fellows go on various career paths and personal journeys over their lives, but many of the Fellows we’ve seen over the years include:

  • Social entrepreneurs who have who have launched or lead their own social change initiatives;
  • Social intrapreneurs who are running a social change initiative within an existing organization;
  • Organizational builders who are an integral part of building a social change organization, but do not play a founding role.

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 is offered in Spanish. Proficiency in the language that 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 (ie. 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 currently be involved in work focused on poverty?

Yes. We are looking for individuals who currently have a leadership role in an organization or initiative committed to fighting poverty 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 Colombia, East Africa, India, Pakistan, 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: Can I apply if I have taken +Acumen courses?

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