Acumen Regional Fellows Program 656 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The Acumen Fellowship Program is being operated in Colombia, East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan. This is a 1-year leadership development program structured like an MBA program where fellows remain in their jobs and come together for 5 seminars, each of 1-week duration, during the year, to receive the tools and training to innovate and conceive new ideas, accelerate their impact and build a strong network of social leaders across the region and around the world. The total in-person time commitment is about 30 days over the course of the year, plus travel time to the seminar locations. The program design is centered on group-based learning, self-reflection, and real-world application. 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.

Acumen is inviting founders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, policymakers, innovators and movement builders in Colombia, East Africa, India, Pakistan and West Africa who are working towards positive change in their communities, to apply for the 2019 Acumen Regional Fellows Program. Each year, 20 emerging leaders are accepted into each of the regional programs.


Acumen covers all program-related costs during the year-long fellowship, such as travel, food, visas and accommodation. Scholarships, stipends or funding are not provided.

After completing the first year, Fellows may receive continued mentorship and coaching.


Applicants must be from Colombia, East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, and South Sudan), India, Pakistan and West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and must be individuals who dare to do what’s right, not what’s easy, to create positive change in their country. They do not necessarily have to be social entrepreneurs, and can be from any sector (non-profit, for profit, social enterprise or government) working in any issue area (e.g. human rights, agriculture, education, etc). They must be committed to ending poverty in their community through the work They should currently have a leadership role in an organization or initiative committed to fighting poverty on a full-time basis.

They should be founders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, policy makers, movement builders, or innovators with a demonstrated history of impact, commitment and concrete connection to their region. They can be of any age or education level, so long as they are able to participate in a program conducted in English. They should be leaders with strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance and moral imagination, who are ready to undergo an intensive year-long personal transformation and leadership journey.

See the Official Website for specific eligibility requirements for each Region.


Applications are to be done online by 9 September 2018.

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