Become a fellow at The Acumen Fund Fellows Program

Each year, the Acumen Fund Fellows Program provides extraordinary young professionals with a unique opportunity to use their skills to effect real social change with our portfolio organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Pakistan, and to build lasting relationships with other like-minded individuals.

Who Becomes a Fellow?

Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented, passionate individuals from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds, religions and ages. Ideal Fellows include those who have already decided on a career in venture philanthropy, those who are seeking a career at the highest levels in the corporate world but want to better understand and impact problems of global poverty, and budding social entrepreneurs who want to learn about managing organizations in demanding settings. Learn about previous fellows and their experiences here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for detailed answers to frequently asked questions about the Fellows Program and about the selection process.

The Application Process
The application process takes place each fall for the Fellows class of the following year. The Class of 2010-2011 will begin their year-long fellowship in September 2010 and will complete the program in September 2011.

The application process for the Class of 2010-2011 opens on Thursday, October 1, 2009 and closes on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. All applications must be completed and submitted online. It is recommended that you submit your application well in advance of the deadline to avoid any last-minute technical difficulties.

Please read the Application Instructions to familiarize yourself with the various pieces that we encourage you to prepare before beginning your online application.

Begin application for the Class of 2010-2011 via this link: