Young entrepreneurs and community leaders from Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya are coming together for the Western Union Foundation fellowship

The Western Union Foundation Fellowship is a program for young entrepreneurs and community leaders in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and other qualified countries who are from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities.

As a year-long program focused on preparing next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders, the Western Union Fellowship pays attention to diversity.

The program also aims to provide its fellows with the necessary skills and experience to increase access to economic opportunity, integrate into their communities, succeed in the evolving nature of work, and transform their communities.

Application Deadline: July 9, 2021

Benefits of the Western Union Foundation Fellowship

Western Union’s program starts out with a two-week intensive Accelerator that shall zone in on three pillars, namely: building community, skill development, and basecamp training.

Through these principles, the fellowship shall conduct workshops and skills training for young entrepreneurs and community leaders around the globe.

As a whole, the program shall focus on collaboration and integration of leaders within their respective communities. It will also include growth mindset, courage, resilience, and creativity— all of which are essential soft skills for transformative leadership.

Lastly, the Western Union Foundation Fellowship will give out a stipend and logistical support to lead a three-day Basecamp in their home community. In this leg of the program, participants from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and other qualified countries will be given the chance to empower at least 30 additional entrepreneurial leaders.

The Western Union Foundation Fellowship is a program for young entrepreneurs and community leaders in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and other qualified countries. | Photo by Alena Darmel from Pexels

After the two-week Accelerator, fellows will participate in a year-long fellowship delivered in a virtual format under these provisions:

  • Lead a Basecamp in their respective community. A stipend will be given for logistical and administrative costs.
  • Join a monthly All Hands on Deck meeting that include skill development workshops and opportunities to build community amongst the cohort
  • Receive $1,000 in Seed Funding to launch/grow their ventures and initiatives
  • Regularly attendMaster Courses with the world’s leading entrepreneurs and practitioners, further strengthen their skills, and build a powerful global network. Past Master Course teachers include co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person to run for US Congress, and the inventor of Google’s self-driving car.
  • Join a pod with other Fellows from their respective regions and regularly check in with each other via regular one-on-one meetings.

Other Details

Furthermore, 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. This includes class time and outside-of-class work.

Meanwhile, the time commitment for the remainder of the fellowship, excluding leading a Basecamp, is approximately 10 hours per month. Fellows should also plan to spend 160-200 hours over 2-3 months to organize and lead a Basecamp in their community.

*NOTE: Accepted community leaders and young entrepreneurs should be able to commit to the intensive 2-week Accelerator on July 19-30 as well as the year-long fellowship program from July 2021 until July 2022.

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Eligible Young Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders

Ideal applicants will join with relevant social impact and leadership experiences with proven experience of building community development projects within these communities.

Western Union is looking for participants from the following countries: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States.

How Can Fellows From Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda Apply?

Interested community leaders and young entrepreneurs may submit their application form online. Before finalizing submissions, make sure to go through all the necessary application requirements stated on the Western Union Foundation Fellowship application page.

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