September 26, 2016

Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs (worth $90,000) and Leadership Development

Seeking the World’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

Program(s) Offered: Leadership, Entrepreneurship
Program Level: Fellowship, Funding, Partnership
Provider: Echoing Green
Country to Study in: Worldwide

Scholarship Description
Seeking the World’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs, Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $4.6 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change.

The Echoing Green Global Fellowship (or, Global Fellowship) is the twenty-seven-year-old program for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is the first fellowship in the world for social entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. The Fellowship was founded and is supported in partnership with the Open Society Foundations since 2012. BMA Fellows generate new ideas and best practices in the areas of education, family, and work, such as initiatives related to fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, career and economic opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership.

The Climate Fellowship, built in partnership with The ZOOM Foundation, is specifically targeted for next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The threat of global climate change is one of the greatest humanitarian and economic challenges of our time. Our interest is in considering the full spectrum of responses to the climate crisis – from innovative technology in Silicon Valley to community organizing in the developing world.

This scholarship is open for applications now!

Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

A). In order to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the applicant must be:
  • Over 18 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Able to commit a full 35 hour work week to their organization.
B). In order to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the organization must be:
  • The original idea of the applicant(s)
  • In its start-up phase, usually within the first two years of operation
  • Independent and autonomous
There are often some misconceptions about what types of organizations are eligible for the Echoing Green Fellowship. Here is some clarification about organizations that are eligible:
  • An organization can be either a non-profit, a for-profit, or hybrid.
  • An organization does not only have to be run by one individual. Partnerships can apply for a Fellowship
  • Organizations still in the idea phase are eligible
There are some programs Echoing Green will not fund. The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply:
  • Students, scholarships, or research projects
  • Lobbying or faith-based organizations
  • Existing organizations which have grown past their start-up phase
Selection Criteria:
Successful applicants not only present an innovative way of addressing social issues, but also explain why they as individuals have what it takes to succeed. Echoing Green is not a grant-making organization. We are a fellowship program because we believe in the importance of the individual social entrepreneur as well as his/her project. As such, we look at both the applicant and the applicant’s idea.

Applicant Criteria:
  • Purpose / Passion
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Ability to Attract Resources
Organization Criteria:
  • Innovation
  • Importance
  • Potential for Big, Bold Impact
  • A Good Business Model
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country
(NB: For the the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship, while your organization must focus on issues affecting black men and boys, the BMA Fellows are not required to be part of this population and will be chosen regardless of race, gender or ethnicity.)

Participating Institutions
Any "startup" social entrepreneur or organization (for-profit and not-for-profit) worldwide. Echoing Green encourages applicants of all nationalities, working in any country, to apply for the fellowship. Students are also welcome to apply, however, you must have completed your studies by July at the beginning of your fellowship period.

Sponsorship duration
Two years plus ongoing support

Scholarship benefits
During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and will access the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. Echoing Green’s Barclays Brain Trust Series, sponsored in part by Barclays, is a program of roundtable and mentorship opportunities for Fellows with leading professionals working in marketing, fundraising, business development, and technology. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers.

The Fellowships are awarded annually to individuals or partners who receive:
  • A stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for two-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years
  • A health insurance stipend
  • A yearly professional development stipend
  • Leadership development and networking gatherings
  • Access to technical expertise and pro bono partnerships to help grow their organization, a dedicated Echoing Green portfolio manager, and support from Echoing Green chaplains
  • A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs, public service leaders, and industry leaders including the Echoing Green network of nearly 700 Fellows working in over sixty countries all over the world.
Method of Application
Echoing Green recommends working on applications offline first, where you can spend the time you need when you have it, and get feedback from your supporters. Download sample short answer questions in editable worksheet from the official website, as well as their help guide—a valuable resource for understanding each question, and help preparing your strongest pitch.

It is important to read the FAQs, and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this fellowship program, and to begin your application

Applications Open October 2016, and Close November 2016.

Finalists will be announced and interviewed in New York City in May 2017. Fellows will be announced June 2017.

Please note that Echoing Green does not accept any phone inquiries regarding the Fellowship application.

Echoing Green is a global nonprofit organization that provides fellowships, seed-stage funding, and strategic support to social entrepreneurs globally. It was founded in 1987 by General Atlantic, a global growth private equity firm, to increase social impact by using the venture capital investment model.

Application Deadline: November 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

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