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2024 Acumen Academy East Africa Fellowship

Acumen Academy is the world's school for social change. We inspire the world to build solutions to poverty and equip determined individuals using the knowledge and tools of business grounded in community and the practices of moral leadership.

The East Africa Acumen Fellowship is a rigorous leadership program that brings together a cohort of extraordinary individuals working on problems of poverty and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and community to strengthen their leadership and scale their impact to create meaningful change in East Africa. 

After Fellow Candidates complete the program they join The Foundry, a community of like-minded peers who are working across sectors and geographies to build a world based on dignity. As part of this diverse community committed to sharing ideas and experiences, they gain access to capital, coaching, and continuous learning as part of lifelong accompaniment on their journey to creating social change. 

Aim and Benefits

While the Fellowship is fully-funded for Fellow Candidates, Acument doesn’t provide any funding or additional benefits as part of the program.


  • The Fellowship looks for “builders” who are working to solve problems of poverty.  Builders* include founders, CEOs, and senior leaders (COO, MD, etc.) at for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid social enterprises as well as corporate or government sector intrapreneurs. While these titles offer a glimpse of the types of roles Fellows play, what matters most is what you’re building and the track record of your impact.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience and should be able to demonstrate their commitment to solving issues of poverty.
  • Applicants should demonstrate their ability and willingness to give (contributing their knowledge, experiences, networks, and/or ideas) and receive support from the Foundry.
  • Applicants must have a reliable internet connection, be fully available to participate throughout the entirety of the program, and be able to participate in English.  

*Women and builders serving Forcibly Displaced Persons (FDPs) and Crisis Affected Communities (CACs) are encouraged to apply.

Interview date, Process and Venue


Fellow Candidates remain in their jobs and participate in a 6-month program comprising 5 seminars.  The seminars are paired with online group and individual assignments designed to inspire an engaged community. The following provides a high-level overview:

  • One 3-day virtual immersive.
  • Two 5-day full-time in-person immersive (8 hours of pre-work for each immersive consisting of self-paced learning and group calls).
  • Two 4-week virtual workshops (3 hours a week of pre-work including group and individual calls as well as self-paced learning).

Application Process

  1. Submit the Online Application: February 4, 2024
  2. Participate in the Selection Conference: March 2024
  3. Start your Fellowship Journey: May, 2024

Application Deadline

February 4, 2024

How to Apply

For more details, visit Acumen Academy website.

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