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Applications Invited for Ford Fund Fellowship

Applications Invited for Ford Fund Fellowship

Organization: Watson Institute

Apply By: 15 Sep 2022

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About the Organization

Watson Institute is a place where next generation entrepreneurs and leaders can find their community, discover their calling, and accelerate their careers. We provide the tools, network, mindset, and courage for the next generation to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, launch successful careers, and lead impactful lives.

Watson Institute has locations in Boulder, Colorado, and at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and runs accelerators for leading corporations including Ford Motor Company Fund and Western Union Foundation. We are now building partnerships with innovative corporations and institutions of higher education in the US and globally.

About the Fellowship  

The Ford Fund Fellowship is a virtual program designed to equip 25 advanced social entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the ventures and community initiatives they are building. Each Ford Fund Fellow will learn advanced skills in entrepreneurship and leadership, garner experience, and build a global network of Mentors, Master Course Teachers, and peers, as they lay the foundation to empower many more youth and transform their communities.

$25,000 in seed funding will be distributed among the 25 Ford Fund Fellows based on progress and impact throughout the Fellowship.

The 16-week-long Fellowship will be delivered in a virtual format. Synchronous activities will take place between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Mountain Time. The time commitment for the two-week Accelerator is approximately 20-25 hours per week, which includes class time and outside-of-class work. The time commitment for the remainder of the Fellowship, excluding leading a Basecamp, is approximately 5-8 hours per week. Fellows should also plan to spend 80-100 hours over 2-3 months to organize and lead a Basecamp in their community.

Ford Motor Company Fund is the corporate foundation and philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Watson Institute is the leading accelerator for next-generation social entrepreneurs. Watson Institute shares Ford Fund’s belief that the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs can transform their communities by joining a committed group of peers and mentors, receiving training and seed funding, and building a global network. Through the Ford Fund Fellowship, we are excited to scale the impact of Ford Fund and Watson Institute’s partnership to date by empowering 10 Fellows and over 300 young leaders and entrepreneurs globally.

Eligibility

This virtual program is for advanced, next-generation social entrepreneurs and community leaders building ventures that create impactful and scalable innovations. Ideal applicants will demonstrate a proven track record of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in their community

We are looking for applicants from the following countries: United States, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Argentina.

Ford Fund applicants must be able to commit to be part of the 16-week program from October 17th, 2022, to February 24th, 2023

Final program launch and design are pending Ford Fund approval.

There is no cost to attend the program thanks to the generous support of Ford Fund.

How to Apply

Applications are now open. Application deadline September 15th, 2022. Please contact Monica Solares at monica@watson.is with any questions you may have about the application process. Apply here!

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