The Grameen Foundation invites applications from volunteers who would want to participate in the 2013 Grameen Foundation Fellowship Programmme based in Africa and Asia and open for all individuals from all nationalities.
As a Grameen Foundation Fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in global development and social innovation on projects that make a difference in the lives of the poor. During this one year fellowship, you will gain hands-on field experience on assignments tailored to match your skills and interests with the needs of our local field offices in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

  • Fellowships are 12-month onsite volunteer assignments that are either based in Grameen Foundations field offices (including Kenya, Uganda, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia) or, if based in the US, include significant field work or exposure to the field.
  • The inaugural Fellowship class will have up to 10 fellows, with each placement tailored to match individuals’ skills and passions, as well as Grameen Foundation’s needs.
  • Additionally, fellows will participate in workshops and panel discussions on a wide range of topics, from coping with culture shock (especially for those working directly with the poor) to important industry trends.

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  • The Fellowship Class will receive training in preparation for their placement, as well as ongoing support and professional development opportunities.
  • All Fellows will receive lodging and a living stipend for the duration of their placement.
  • However, Fellows are responsible for their own airfare and visa costs.


  • Fellowship applicants must have at least three years of applicable work experience, or one year of work experience and an advanced degree to be eligible to apply.
  • English fluency required for all fellows; Spanish fluency is required for all placements in Latin America and the Caribbean.

How to Apply
The Fellowship application is a five-step process.

  • All Candidates must register with Bankers without Borders and Apply Online .
  • Bankers without Borders will notify candidates with the results of the initial application screening process
  • Passing applicants will be asked to complete a full Fellowship Application form, consisting of short answer and essay questions
  • Advancing candidates will be invited to participate in group interviews (conducted in-person or remotely)
  • Finalists will then have one-on-one interviews with the fellowship managers. Each Manager will make an offer to the candidate best suited for that particular fellowship role.


  • Applications are due  March 31, 2013
  • After confirming placement offers in May, the entire Fellowship class will begin training and preparation in July. During the training and preparation, Fellows will learn more about Grameen Foundation’s structure, culture, and work.
  •  While individual start dates may vary, fellows should plan to begin their work in late August. Field placements are for one year and will end in August 2014
  • All finalists will be notified once placements are finalized at the end of May

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