Cordes Fellowships for Entrepreneurs and Leaders from Developing and Developed Countries

Cordes Fellowships Program

Course(s) Offered: Entrepreneurship, Leadership
Course Level: Fellowship (hands-on training)
Provider: Cordes Family Foundation
Country to Study in: Mexico

Scholarship Description
Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration.

The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Cordes Fellows attend the full Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico, and take part in all Delegate sessions.

Successful Cordes Fellowship applicants are high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit organization executives with a demonstrated commitment to economic justice and poverty alleviation. Like all Delegates, Fellows are catalytic leaders who by their actions and accomplishments evidence pragmatic vision, passionate tenacity, multi-sectoral thinking, adaptive leadership skills, non-ideological activism and a strong ethical grounding.

Financial need is a primary consideration. Applicants from both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with adequate resources are less likely to be selected for a Cordes Fellowship.

Applications from Delegates whose organizations, companies or ventures have already attended a prior Opportunity Collaboration will not be considered. Multiple applicants from one organization will not be considered; submit one application for the most senior leader from your institution.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (both developing and developed countries)

Participating Institutions
Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico -- for organizations, companies and ventures with entrepreneurs, executives or leaders

Fields of study
Entrepreneurship and Leadership training

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
The program is a 5 days event

Scholarship benefits
Fellows selected from non-OECD countries (developing economies) receive a $3,950.00 full scholarship, and pay a refundable $250.00 application fee, which is returned after the non-OECD fellows attend the Opportunity Collaboration. Fellows from OECD countries (developed economies) receive a $3,200.00 scholarship. Fellow pays $750.00 registration for 5-day program, accommodations and meals.

The all-inclusive Cordes Fellowship includes all on-site costs for housing and meals (5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day), gratuities, airport shuttle, etc. All Fellows are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare; if applicants cannot fund the airfare, they should not apply.

Fellows are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa from the Mexican government, if required. The Opportunity Collaboration provides Fellows with a formal invitation letter for use with immigration authorities.

Method of Application
To apply, submit the following three items by email to before January 31, 2016:

1) Cordes Fellowship Application Form CLICK HERE to download PDF version or CLICK HERE to download Word version.

2) Personal Resume

3) Organizational Financial Statement or Balance Sheet

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information and to enroll for this fellowship.

Applications for 2016 Cordes Fellowships are accepted from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016

Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application by March 31, 2016.

Once notified of a scholarship award, a Fellow has thirty (30) days to accept the Cordes Fellowship by registering at the Opportunity Collaboration website. Fellows from OECD countries pay a non-refundable $750.00 registration fee. Fellows from non-OECD countries pay a $250.00 application fee which is refunded after the non-OECD Fellow attends the Opportunity Collaboration.

Opportunity Collaboration annually convenes 400 global leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty. We engage social entrepreneurs, innovative nonprofit executives, grant-makers, impact investors, corporate & academic field-leaders, and aligned media working around the world to solve common challenges and spark new opportunities.

Predicated on the powerful idea that out of fragmentation can come collaboration, from diversity can come unity, and from cross-fertilization can come innovation: the power of collaboration does not presume a single outcome. Rather, it draws its power from the conviction that people of good will forge their own solutions, directions and alliances, and uncover new ways to combine and leverage resources.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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