Ford Fund Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders USA 2021 (Win $1,000)

Watson Institute invites applications for the Ford Fund Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders in the USA in 2021.

The Ford Fund Fellowship is a virtual program designed to equip 10 advanced social entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the ventures and community initiatives they are building. Each Ford Fund Fellow will learn advanced skills in entrepreneurship and leadership, garner experience, and build a global network of Mentors, Master Course Teachers, and peers, as they lay the foundation to empower many more youth and transform their communities.

The Fellowship begins with a virtual two-week intensive Accelerator that will focus on:

Building Community: Community is one of the pillars of the Fellowship experience. A diverse cohort of young leaders and entrepreneurs form partnerships, collaborations, and further their growth and impact as leaders in their community.

Skill Development: Including fundraising, team building, transformative communication, growth mindset, courage, resilience, creativity, and leadership. Fellows will be guided through the process of overcoming key challenges faced during the process of becoming transformative leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Basecamp Training: Each Fellow is trained and receives a stipend and logistical support to lead a three-day training (called Basecamp) in their home community to empower at least 30 additional entrepreneurial leaders per Fellow.

Worth of Award

Each Fellow will receive $1,000 (USD) in Seed Funding to grow their ventures and initiatives.


  • This virtual program is for advanced, next-generation social entrepreneurs and community leaders building ventures that create impactful and scalable innovations.
  • Ideal applicants will demonstrate a proven track record of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in their community.
  • Applicants from the following countries are eligible: United States, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Kenya.
  • You must be able to commit to the intensive 2-week Accelerator (July 19th – July 30th) and the part-time, year-long Fellowship program (July 2021-July 2022).
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How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

Deadline: The application deadline is July 9th, 2021.


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