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Liaison: John Barry, Business
Office: Spidel 201
Phone: x3016 (828) 771-3016
While there is no internal Warren Wilson process for the Echoing Green Fellowship, you are encouraged to let the Liaison know that you are applying, and you are welcome to seek our help during the application process.
Who May Apply
Applicants should be 18 years of age or older. Each applicant proposes an independent, autonomous project that must be his or her original idea. As the primary decision maker for the project's development and management, the applicant must be prepared to make a full-time commitment to its development (a minimum of 35 hours a week for at least two years). A project may be in "start-up" phase which, according to Echoing Green, means that the project may have been in existence for up to two years. Projects started under the direction of or for an existing organization cannot be considered independent or autonomous.
Application Pool Description
By the end of the process, Echoing Green will have narrowed the 2500+ applications to 12-20 fellowships.
Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens. However, if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, no services in connection with the fellowship may be performed in the United States. No more than two individuals may apply as a "partnership;" both partners must make a full-time commitment to the development of the project. It is expected that the Fellow will resign from any other current employment. Student applicants should note that they will be ineligible for their fellowship stipend if their project is delayed due to time commitment conflicts with their studies.
Award Description and Duration
Echoing Green is the premiere global venture philanthropy firm that seeks out, identifies, invests in and develops the world's emerging social entrepreneurs and the organizations they create. The fellowship program provides seed and start-up capital, technical assistance and networking opportunities to these change agents. The two-year Echoing Green Fellowship provides start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. It offers:
· A stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments.
· A health insurance stipend
· A yearly professional development stipend
· Conferences led by organizational development experts
· Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization
· A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world
Application Requirements and Deadline
The application dates are announced early Fall each year with applications accepted during an open call in late fall / early winter.
Applications for the Echoing Green Fellowship are evaluated on several criteria to assess both the strength of the applicants as well as the strength of the idea. Read their website to learn about the main components of assessment.
Echoing Green's Fellowships are announced in May.