Call Deadline: October 15, 2019
Nationality: All around the World
Enterprise will be in Bangalore, India
IDEX Is Developing The Next Wave Of “Social Intrapreneurs” Who Will Support, Lead And Advance The Work Of Socially-Focused Enterprises Around The World!
This Fellowship is for young professionals (21 – 35 years old) from across the globe who want to deep dive into the social impact sector and get the first-hand experience of working in one of India’s most popular and vibrant social enterprise destinations, Bangalore.
Fellows choose a sector of their interest such as Education, Health, Environment and Energy, Women’s Empowerment, Livelihoods, Impact Investing, etc., to base their full-time placement with an organization for 6 months in India.
The program is committed to helping fellows make the transition to social enterprise practitioner by enabling immersive learning experiences and having them ideate, develop, prototype and test solutions in an environment that encourages co-creation and collaboration, all while also learning from peers, resident mentors, and sector experts.
- Professional development and personal support from a dedicated program manager
- An advising program that pairs fellows with local mentors
- Monthly capacity building workshops
- Networking opportunities
- Internationally recognized professional certification in Social Enterprise
- Housing in Bangalore for 1st month
- Monthly Transportation Stipend of $125 (appx. 8500 Indian Rupees) for the 6 months
- Post-fellowship support
We are seeking young professionals (ages 21-35) who have a proven track record of leadership and are seeking to use their education and skills to address social and economic challenges for under-served populations. IDEX Fellows come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, as each individual fellowship position requires different specific skills. Ideal candidates will possess:
Bachelors or Masters degree
A minimum of 1 to 3 years of work experience
Proven track record of leadership responsibilities
A passion and desire to work in emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues
An ability to quickly adapt and work in resource-constrained environments
Desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact
One-time, non-refundable fee of $25
We accept payments through PayPal using a credit or debit card or via bank transfer
The application will be eligible for review once payment is processed
Regardless of acceptance status, IDEX will provide each applicant with the following:
Handbook on the Landscape of the Social Enterprise Sector
Access to one hosted Learning Webinar
Step 1: Design An Authentic Resume
Let’s be honest it’s hard to find good, consistent advice these days on how to develop an effective resume. So we asked our Executive Director to give us (and you) her best advice based on her personal experience. Before you start putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) or worse re-using an old resume, we recommend:
Ask for constructive feedback by asking those you trust “What 3 things should I change, enhance or remove from my resume?“
Step 2: Get Statement Of Purpose Inspiration!
We’ve read thousands (actually 10,354) of cover letters over the past seven years. So we’re looking for something fresh! We love when people wow us with something professional, authentic yet unexpected. This week, we recommend reading:
Step 3: Tackle The Scholarship Essay Questions
Oftentimes, when applicants are moving through the application they dread the essay portion. However, this is the one portion that we LOVE best at IDEX as atolls us so much about who you are! This is a great opportunity for you to make your application stand out by:
Showing us you understand who we are and what we’re about? It’s safe to say that you’ve looked on our website at the very least, but how much do you know about our history? Our team? Our core philosophy? This acknowledgment and understanding can be a real game-changer if crafted strategically into your essay responses.
Telling us why you really want to spend six-months in IDEX over anything else in the world? Let’s be honest, everyone likes a good ego-stroke! But we’re looking for authenticity in every inch of your application. Don’t opt for clever words to freshen up a generic statement. Instead use real, authentic words that show your personality. Tell us your story, how you found us and what compelled you to spend six months of your life with us.
Highlighting your portfolio or tangible work that compliments your application while answering the essay questions. Did you recently publish an article, white paper or perhaps short video on a topic of interest to you or work on a social campaign that further shows us why you want to work in social enterprise? Awesome! We encourage you to include links to meaningful and relevant work you’ve produced within your essay response. It’s never a bad idea to re-enforce your skills or highlight an accomplishment. Just be sure that it’s relevant to the question at hand and strategically inserted.
Step 4: Develop A Fundraising Gameplan
We’re always saddened when an applicant had high hopes for joining IDEX are admitted only to decline the opportunity because they were not prepared financially. It’s important to keep in mind that financial need is not one of the considerations IDEX staff and alumni looking for in regards to scholarship funding- it’s based on pure passion! We recommend:
Start to scenario plan very early on your fundraising strategy if you are awarded less than the amount you expected.
Reach out to your personal and professional networks for support with fundraising for your fellowship program.
Take the initiative to scope out and look up IDEX Alumni (LinkedIn is a great bet to find them!) to see how they’ve successfully used crowd-funding to make their fellowship possible.
Step 5: Final Touches
Before submitting your application, make sure each attachment (cover letter, resume, essays) are complimentary of each other but not redundant. Think of it as us peeling an onion. Each document should reveal a different layer about you. We love stories so be sure to consider the reviewer experience when editing.