Type of Funding
Mulago invites applications for the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, where social entrepreneurs come together for 1 intensive week to attend the Annual Design Course, to work on design for maximum impact and scalability.
Held in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California, the course gives Fellows the opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them. It has 5 components:
- A design-for-maximum impact workshop
- Prepared 10-minute pitch presentations by fellows
- Curated 1:1 and small-group session between fellows and faculty
- Short sessions by fellows and faculty around critical shared issues like fundraising, hiring, board development, behavior change marketing, and building a high-performance organization and
- Individual design sessions focused on impact that can go to scale.
Fellows benefit from the annual design course and they will put their ideas into a template known as the Design Iteration Format (DIF), which takes the user through a series of steps to a detailed impact model, and then serves as the vehicle of an ongoing process of iterative redesign. Once the initial formatting is completed, Fellows work directly with staff at 6-monthly intervals to incorporate new information, lessons, and ideas into their formatted design. The fellowship is a 2-year program and Rainer Arnhold Fellows are taught to use a systematic set of tools to drive a series of iterations on the original idea.
Applicants should be social entrepreneurs with poverty solutions that could make a difference in the world. people with:
- A big and compelling problem to tackle
- An idea that feels scalable
- An entrepreneurial personality and track record
- An obsession with going to scale
- An organization up and running, even if very small
- Senior decision-making authority (usually an Executive Director or CEO)
- A desire to tackle the process of scalable design
- A full understanding of Mulago’s design process and tools, and
- Openness to new ideas and the willingness to change course.
There is no formal application process and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.