Acumen Fellowship 2018: Building a Pipeline of Leaders

The Acumen Fellowship is now open for applications. The fellowship aims to build a pipeline of elders who understand what it takes to create a lasting change.

The Acumen Fellows Program is an intensive leadership development program cultivating a pipeline of tomorrow’s social changemakers. Over the course of a year, Fellows remain in their jobs while participating in five in-person, multi-day immersive seminars and engaging in online content between seminars.

Currently operating in Colombia, East Africa, India, Pakistan, and West Africa, the Fellows Program equips leaders from across the country or region with the knowledge, skills and community to become more effective, collaborative agents of change.

The Program

In-Person Seminars

The Fellows Program centers around five in-person seminars design to improve individuals’ capacity to innovate and drive change while remaining in their full-time jobs.

Virtual Content

The unique virtual content enables Fellows to connect with peers and continue developing the skills to make the lasting social impact between seminars.


The program provides the space and security for Fellows to practice self-reflection, broaden their perspectives and identify areas for personal development.

Focus on Real-World Applicability

The program designs content that is focused on being relevant and applicable to Fellows’ everyday lives and social impact work.

The fellowship program is offered in Colombia, East Africa, India, Pakistan and West Africa.

Application Process

There are a total of three stages to the application process. Following the initial submission (stage 1), our selection team will carefully read each application and select the candidates who will move on to stage 2. Stage 2 involves participation in a set of online activities that closely resemble the type of activities you’ll experience during the fellowship. Once again, the selection team will carefully review the submissions from this second stage, and select candidates who will progress to the third and final stage. Finalists will be invited to attend a mandatory day-long in-person interview (called a “Selection Conference”), which will be held in mid-November in each region.

Once all candidates have been interviewed, the selection team will make a final decision. We expect to extend offers by December 2018. The first seminar of the program will take place in the first quarter of 2019. At each stage of the application process, only successful candidates chosen to advance to the next round will receive communication from our team.

Deadline: 9 September 2018

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