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In the pursuit of positive societal change, initiatives that empower and support visionary individuals play a pivotal role. The Ford Fund Fellowship for Social Impact, hosted by Watson Institute, stands out as a beacon for those who aspire to drive transformative change in their communities.

This unique opportunity is designed to nurture the next generation of social entrepreneurs. It offers a tailored program for individuals committed to tackling pressing social challenges through innovative solutions. This fellowship goes beyond conventional models, empowering fellows to create sustainable and impactful change in their communities.


  • You are located and/or creating impact in China, Germany, Mexico, Romania, South Africa,United Kingdom (includes Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).

  • If you are in the United States, you are located and/or creating impact in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis.

  • You are able to commit to attending a majority of the workshops that are hosted on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8:30am to 10:30am MT.

  • You're in the early stages (early-stage as those who are in the Problem-Solution Fit or Product-Market Fit stages.)

Stipend Opportunity

Out of a $40,000 fund, Fellows have the potential to receive a venture development stipend of up to $6,000, contingent on their active participation in the program, leading a Basecamp, and successfully completing the workshop-related checkpoint assignments

Application Timeline:

Decisions will be dispatched during the week of February 1st, 2024.

Application Deadline:

The final deadline for application submissions is January 15th, 2024.

This opportunity is for individuals who are fully committed to actively participating in the entire four-month program. At the heart of the program is a strong sense of community, and its success hinges on the active engagement and enthusiasm of all participants, who are eager to both learn and share!

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