Become a Fellow
Join a committed cohort of leaders intent on building an inclusive, just and sustainable world.
Behind the Scenes
See the Acumen Fellows in action.
Around the Globe
A diverse group of leaders share a deep commitment to creating long-lasting social impact.Apply Now
Emerging leaders use bottom-up approaches to create change—restoring the social fabric for a new post-conflict Colombia.Learn More
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, and South Sudan
Emerging entrepreneurs and change agents represent the best and brightest in a diverse range of cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Dynamic leaders from nearly every walk of life who have impacted their sector and are deeply committed to creating meaningful change in India.Learn More
Extraordinary leaders harnessing the strength of Malaysian diversity to tackle the country’s most pressing social issues and create a more equitable future.Learn More
A community of leaders working to create systemic and sustainable change in Spain.Learn More
Bold leaders building radical new solutions to bridge divides and create a society that works for all.Learn More
Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia
Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and organization-builders from both public and private sectors model a new type of leadership grounded in hope and dignity.
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Today, I am strong enough to do this work no matter what. That feeling came through the Acumen Fellowship.”
Acumen India Fellow
The Fellowship Experience
Continue your commitment to social change.Our intensive year-long program furthers your journey toward mastering the skills, attributes, and values of moral leadership: empathy, immersion, understanding, and action.
Acumen Fellows will:
- Engage in a mix of in-person and online seminars designed to improve capacity to innovate and drive change.
- Learn relevant, real-world, core curriculum focused on developing the skills needed to make lasting social impact.
- Remain in full-time employment while attending immersive cohort-based seminars to grow as a moral leader. Join a diverse community of social innovators who are locally rooted, globally connected, and challenging the status quo of poverty and injustice in their communities.
Beyond Year One
Beyond Year One Fellows are united through shared values, a common commitment to a world beyond poverty and injustice—and a pledge to accompany, celebrate, and hold each other accountable. Your lifelong global community of fellowship starts here.
What Makes a Fellow
Our fellows are extraordinary leaders who dare to embrace the difficult journey of social change. Here’s what we want from you—and what you can expect from your cohort.
From social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, to builders reimagining boundaries, our cohorts are curated across all sectors and backgrounds.
Dedicated to poverty and injustice
Fellows are innovators willing to undergo an intensive leadership journey—practicing the skills of moral imagination to tackle poverty and injustice.
These leaders are unrelenting, have a history of impact, and are committed to making concrete progress in their respective regions.
Operations Manager at East Africa Playgrounds
East Africa 2014 Fellow
Founder of Orenda
Pakistan 2017 Fellow
Founder of Tebita Ambulance Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical
East Africa 2015 Fellow
Julian Facundo Rinaudo
Coordinator of Red Etnósfera
Colombia 2019 Fellow