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Acumen Fund — Regional Fellows in East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 17, 2019 from Brazil
Expired on August 10, 2019

The Acumen Fund seeks to harness the power of social innovation to create solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
The Fund administers regional programs for each of East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan.
In each region, 20 fellows are selected for a leadership development program of five one-week seminars while remaining in their jobs.

Acumen covers all program expenses related to travel and accommodations, but it does not offer scholarships, stipends, or other funding.

Past fellows have included several in smallholder agriculture, renewable energy, waste management, fair trade, and other subject areas.

Select candidates are invited to Stage 2 (online assignment) and Stage 3 (a selection conference in late Novr/early Dec).

The new cohort will be announced in January 2020.

Our online webinar offer you a chance to meet with current Acumen Fellows and to get your questions answered about the Fellowship program. Register at

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The Acumen Fellowship program is building a pipeline of leaders who understand what it takes to create lasting social change.

Applications are open until August 11th for the 2020 cohort of Acumen Fellows.

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Jill Langhus
Jul 18, 2019
Jul 18, 2019

Thanks, Ana!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Aug 12, 2019
Aug 12, 2019

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply;
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and atests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills.
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your oroposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and use its filters (right upper corner) to find what really suits you.
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others.
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests - tell these stories too. They will enlighten and inspire the sisterhood.