Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program – This program is 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 entrepreneurs. 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.

American India Foundation’s William J. Clinton Fellowship: Aims to develop the next generation of leaders. Through AIF’s 10 month fellowship in India, Clinton Fellows are equipped with a practical, field-based knowledge of development. These fellows will become life-long ambassadors for service to the marginalized & underserved in India.

Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps), is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.


Compass Partners: Compass Partners provides resources, training and a support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. Their campus-based Fellowship exposes 15 college freshmen at each university to the world of social entrepreneurship through an intensive personal development and social business training program. The Compass Fellowship currently runs at 14 universities worldwide.

Cordes Fellowship for Opportunity Collaboration - Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration.  The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Ford Foundation International Fellows Program – IFP is a fellowship program uniquely designed to promote social justice, community development, and access to higher education. The program supports talented individuals from marginalized social groups, and encourages them to use their leadership skills and knowledge to work toward positive social change in their home communities and countries.

Harvard Kennedy School Fellowships – Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership hosts six fellowship programs that offers Harvard graduate students financial support, rich programming, and a close-knit community in order to further their development as leaders serving the common good. Across our programs, participants consistently report that their fellowship experience—and in particular the corresponding access to distinguished leaders and a network of like-minded peers—solidifies their commitment to public service, enhances their leadership capacity, and stretches the boundaries of what they see as possible for themselves and their careers.

Idex The IDEX Fellowship is a 10-month program that offers professional, cultural and social immersion into the field of social enterprise for college graduates interested in launching a career in the sector. Fellows are strategically placed to work with entrepreneurs to develop a blueprint for change.

Innov8Social created an extensive list of relevant fellowships for you to consider.What happens when you combine two of the most compelling forces—entrepreneurial innovation and social cause? That is the question that inspired the launch of Innov8Social in June 2011. Innov8Social aims to explore social innovation through examining features, trends, tools, legal structures, thought-leaders, publications, experts, and news in this emerging field.

Kiva Fellows: Since 2007, the Kiva Fellows Program has offered over 400 individuals a rare opportunity to put their skills to work in support of global microfinance.  Applicants chosen for the program serve as Kiva’s eyes and ears on the ground, working directly with our microfinance institution (MFI) field partners in over 60 countries around the globe.

Open Society Fellowship – The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and expect to contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking in return.

In evaluating each proposal, the selection committee weighs three factors: the applicant, the topic of the project, and the work product.

Proinspire is building the next generation of nonprofit leaders by expanding the talent pipeline, developing professionals, and increasing diversity.


StartingBloc: The StartingBloc Fellowship selects the brightest young leaders and provides them with access to the resources they need to address the most pressing global challenges of our time. The most critical resource that our Fellows gain access to is a tight-knit community of social innovators based across the country and the world.


Students for Social Entrepreneurship is a student run organization on a mission to produce graduates ready for social entrepreneurship. They do this through educational events, internships, and networking opportunities. Internship opportunities are available to all students representing all majors.


Think Impact’s Innovation Institute is a full-immersion experiential learning program in rural Africa, rooted in philosophies of asset-based community development and design-thinking. Over the course of a summer, American students – known on the Institute as “scholars” – live in rural communities, learning about social entrepreneurship and innovation through intensive qualitative research and exploration. The Institute is based largely on values of empathy, curiosity and open-mindedness, and relies on strong cross-cultural relationships to unleash the potential for social innovation. Ultimately, scholars and community members prototype social products and services that may be sold through social businesses, which are managed and sustained locally. Through the interaction with scholars and curriculum, community members are able to shift their mindsets, moving from a self-identity of dependence and deficiencies to one of innovative, self-sufficient entrepreneurs.



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