Each year, the Acumen UK Fellowship selects ~20 Fellows from across sector, place and background who are redefining success in the United Kingdom – and equips them with the practices and community needed to deepen and sustain their impact.
The Fellowship begins with a year-long fully-funded leadership programme, where Fellows remain in their role while taking part in a series of immersive residentials, virtual workshops and group practice.
Fellows remain in their roles and come together for 3 immersive residentials, each lasting 5-6 days, throughout the year. In addition, 2 workshop series are delivered virtually, spanning 4-5 weeks each, with a commitment of ~8hrs per week.
Attendance at each immersive and workshop is mandatory. Between immersives and workshops, Fellows are expected to participate in and complete online assignments and peer discussions.
After the first year, Fellows become part of Acumen’s global community of social innovators – committed to lifelong learning, collaboration and accompaniment as they build a world based on dignity.
Here’s what they want from you—and what you can expect from your cohort.
a) Entrepreneurs: Leaders of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations providing critical goods or services to the underserved.
b) Intrapreneurs: Builders from any sector tackling poverty and injustice from within by shifting the institutional culture—and building new collaborations.
c) Organizational Builders: Leaders (other than the Founder or CEO) supporting the growth of institutions combating poverty and injustice.
d) Public Sector Leader: Leveraging the government to create policy changes, partnerships or adoption of new models to tackle poverty.
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The purpose of the Acumen Fellowship is to develop a community of leaders who challenge the status quo, work across lines of difference and inspire their communities to believe in a brighter future.
The Fellowship is the start of a journey towards mastering the skills, attributes, and values of moral leadership: a combination of empathy, immersion, understanding, and action. What binds our Fellows is shared values, a common commitment to a world beyond poverty and injustice, a pledge to accompany one another, to help and celebrate one another, and to hold each other to account.
The Fellowship is designed for individuals who are currently leading or are an integral part of building an initiative whose mission is to eradicate poverty or injustice. Our Fellows are of all ages, come from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds and work across multiple sectors.
Acumen Fellows understand that poverty extends beyond income levels, and that the opposite of poverty is not income: it is dignity. Dignity is freedom. It is having control over decisions that affect our lives
They are looking for:
1. Fellows who have demonstrated a deep commitment to tackling inequality, injustice and divides within their communities – this includes how they treat the vulnerable, the poor and the planet to create a society that works for all. Fellows typically have at least four years of experience driving their current social change initiative and can demonstrate through learned or lived experiences their understanding of the system they seek to change.
2. Individuals who currently have an influence role in an organization, initiative or movement committed to fighting poverty or injustice in the United Kingdom. If your work is also international, they will be evaluating your application on your UK impact.
Fellows can be working in any sector (including for-profit, nonprofit, corporations, and government).
There is neither a minimum age requirement nor a maximum age cut off.
All seminars and training are conducted in English. Conversational proficiency in English is a requirement.
Fellows are typically UK citizens, however we will consider applicants who demonstrate a concrete connection to the UK i.e. long-term employment, residency, focus of their social change project.
Apply online by 27th May 2021.
For more information, please visit https://acumenacademy.org/fellowship/uk