March 21, 2013

6 Fellowships that you haven't missed the deadline for

The deadline to apply for the Laureate Global Fellowship, YouthActionNet’s global program for young social entrepreneurs, recently passed. While we are busy watching application videos that inspire us and remind us of why we do this work, we want take the opportunity to let you know about other great fellowship programs you can still apply for in 2013. 

These fellowships are more than accolades to stack your resume with, or boast about to your friends on Facebook—winning one can grant you access to expansive networks, potential funders, opportunities to speak at events, press coverage for your organization, new international experiences…the list goes on. 

The fellowships I’ve compiled are ideal for young social entrepreneurs who have made measureable impact in innovative ways. They allow young leaders to grow as individuals while continuing to manage their organizations throughout the duration of the fellowship. 

As a changemaker, you take risks all of the time. Isn’t it time to take a chance on yourself? 

In order of deadline date, the programs you can still apply for in 2013 are: 

1. PopTech Social Innovation Fellowship 

Nominations due April 2nd 
Successful applicants have developed what PopTech calls “highly disruptive breakthrough innovations” to common issues in critical fields such as healthcare, energy, development, climate, education, and civic engagement. Fellows operate under various business models including for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, hybrid efforts, and open-source platforms.  Those selected participate in a week-long retreat where they learn about the newest tools and technology to accelerate and scale their initiatives, and also have the opportunity to share their story at the annual PopTech innovation conference. You can nominate yourself or encourage someone else to nominate you!

2. Starting Bloc Fellowship

Now Open—Closes April 15
The StartingBloc Fellowship is a life-long membership with StartingBloc’s global community of 1,900 emerging leaders. Fellows are young leaders (ages 18-30) from all sectors who share a common set of values. They believe that economic value creation and social value creation are complementary. They believe in making money and doing good. During the Institute for Social Innovation, StartingBloc Candidates work with speakers, academic institutions, and corporate partners who are on the cutting edge of innovations in their respective sector. There is a $35 application fee involved, as well as a $1,000 tuition fee which may be waived on the basis of merit and need. Learn more.

3. Rolex Young Laureate Awards

Now Open—Closes May 31, 2013
The Rolex Awards support pioneering work of 18-30 year old changemakers in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. However, projects may be submitted in almost any area of activity, provided they have the potential to bring benefits for mankind. Projects are assessed based on the feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact, and, above all, on the candidate’s own spirit of enterprise. In 2012, three of our YouthActionNet fellows were honored as Rolex Young Laureates. Could you be next?

4. TED Global Fellows

Applications open May 28, 2013—June 21, 2013
The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, though anyone from anywhere in the world, age 18 and over, is welcome to apply. Fellows will attend a TED or TED Global conference with all expenses paid, earn access to a private social networking site, and have the chance to become a Senior Fellow. Learn tips for applying. 

5. Unreasonable Institute

Applications open September 1, 2013—October 31, 2013
Each year, the Unreasonable Institute unites 10-30 entrepreneurs (called Unreasonable Fellows) from every corner of the globe to live together in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive customized training and support from mentors ranging from a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet, to the head of user experience at Google X, to an entrepreneur who’s enabled over 20 million farmers to move out of poverty. In the process, they form relationships with corporations and international organizations, receive legal advice and design consulting, and get in front of hundreds of potential funders. Learn key dates and steps of the application process

6. World Economic Forum Global Shapers

Applications open on rolling basis
The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders ages 20-30 who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. Shapers are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference.  Selected leaders are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, network with other World Economic Forum communities, and represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world. A number of YouthActionNet fellows have become Global Shapers and have found the experience valuable.  Apply here.

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