Apply to the World Learning ‘Advancing Leaders’ Fellowship

Deadline: March 31, 2013

Have you successfully completed a World Learning program? Are you an alumni? Here is an opportunity to apply for a fellowship award grant of up to $10,000.

The Advancing Leaders Fellowship recognizes the ideas, talent, and vision of World Learning alumni by supporting fellows with a financial award, comprehensive training in social innovation and leadership, and a support network of mentors and peers so that fellows can implement an original social innovation project. All alumni are invited to apply.

The nine-month long fellowship begins with a three month leadership development and training in social innovation, and during the last six months, fellows implement their projects. Projects and fellows can be located anywhere in the world. Five fellowships will be awarded every six months.


The ten most qualified applicants will be selected to participate in World Learning’s Social Innovation Summit in San Francisco on June 5, 2013. World Learning will cover all costs for finalists, including airfare and lodging in San Francisco. On the morning of June 5, finalists will pitch their projects before an expert panel of judges, who will deliberate and ultimately choose five finalists to receive the fellowships. The winning fellows will be asked to present their projects before an audience later that night. More details will be provided to selected finalists.

Project Criteria

Projects can address a variety of social issues, as long as the approach is innovative and the need is clear. An Advancing Leaders Fellowship project will apply a novel approach to a significant social issue. This could be achieved through the application of a new design, technology, or methodology. Ideal projects will have a sustainability strategy and potential to scale.


A fellow will demonstrate:

  • Strong leadership
  • Entrepreneurial vision, creativity, and resourcefulness
  • A passion for serving and empowering others
  • Sufficient experience and skill to carry out their project
  • Knowledge of and/or relationships with the community where he/she will implement his/her project

A fellow will be eligible if he/she:

  • has successfully completed a World Learning program (NB: members of a host family are not considered alumni)
  • has an original idea that addresses a significant social issue
  • has no more than five years of directly related work experience
  • has not received a World Learning fellowship in the past
  • is proficient in the English language
  • is not a current World Learning employee

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