Apply for Cordes Fellowship Program 2018 (Full Scholarship to attend Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico)

Apply for Cordes Fellowship Program 2018 (Full Scholarship to attend Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico)

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Cordes Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Cordes Fellowship. The Cordes Fellowship provides ~60 exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders the opportunity to participate as fully in the Opportunity Collaboration (OC), taking place October 14-19, 2018 in Cancún, Mexico. Successful applicants are high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit executives with a demonstrated commitment to alleviating global poverty and injustice.

The OC brings together social entrepreneurs, innovative nonprofit executives, grantmakers, impact investors, corporate and academic field-leaders, and aligned media working around the world to solve common challenges and spark new opportunities. They come together for a unique five-day retreat (un-conference style: no PowerPoints, plenaries or presentations) to solve common challenges and spark new opportunities.

The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to

  • open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives,
  • enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders
  • infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Cost Benefits

Fellows selected from non-OECD countries (developing economies) receive a $2,950.00 full scholarship, and pay a refundable $250.00 application fee, which is returned after the non-OECD fellows attend the Opportunity Collaboration. Fellows from OECD countries (developed economies) receive a $2,200.00 scholarship.  Fellow pays $750.00 registration for 5-day program, accommodations and meals.

The all-inclusive Cordes Fellowship includes all on-site costs for room-sharing accommodations and meals (5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day), gratuities, airport shuttle, etc. All Fellows are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare; if applicants cannot fund the airfare, they should not apply.

Fellows are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa from the Mexican government, if required. The Opportunity Collaboration provides Fellows with a formal invitation letter for use with immigration authorities.


  • Successful Cordes Fellowship applicants are high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit organization executives with a demonstrated commitment to economic justice and poverty alleviation.
  • Like all Delegates, Fellows are catalytic leaders who by their actions and accomplishments evidence pragmatic vision, passionate tenacity, multi-sectoral thinking, adaptive leadership skills, non-ideological activism and a strong ethical grounding.
  • Financial need is a primary consideration. Applicants from both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with adequate resources are less likely to be selected for a Cordes Fellowship.
  • Applications from Delegates whose organizations, companies or ventures have already attended a prior Opportunity Collaboration will not be considered.
  • Multiple applicants from one organization will not be considered; submit one application for the most senior leader from your institution.

In order to ensure participation from organizations with less adequate resources, financial need is a primary consideration.


Applications for 2018 Cordes Fellowships are accepted from November 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application by March 31, 2018.

To applyplease follow this link and submit your application before January 31, 2018. Questions about applying? Email

For more information, visit Cordes Fellowship Program.