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The Diplomat Fellowship Program: Turn your Social Impact Project into Reality

December 16, 2014 Leave a comment

social enterprenuersThe Diplomat Fellowship Program – a platform for youth concerned about the social challenges and with ideas to address them invites interested candidates to spend 12 weeks with like-minded people. If you are passionate about implementing your solutions for the existing social problems in urban communities, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and begin with the online application form. The Fellowship is a structured program that includes cohort meetings and seminars, a mid-project evaluation, and a final project presentation at the end of the summer.

The Diplomat Fellowship Program aims to produce the next generation of thought leaders who will change local communities and, in turn, the world. Up to 20 students will be selected to become the fellows for 2015 program. The fellows will identify, summarize and analyze publicly available research pertaining to social innovations and their effectiveness during the program. They will work to create a sustainable solution to a specific, well-defined social challenge using the research findings. The fellows should work up to 30 hours a week on their social venture.

Project Areas (not limited to)

Each fellow will be provided with housing and a $4000 stipend over the fellowship program towards travel, meal and other expenses.  Upon completion of the fellowship, a certificate will be awarded.

Fellows’ Responsibilities

  1. Identify, summarize and analyze publicly available, relevant research conducted to date.
  2. Create a solution that can be replicated for a well-defined social challenge in an urban environment.
  3. Outline recommendations for further study and research.
  4. Make recommendations on policy implications of the research.
  5. Draft white papers, along with presentations for dissemination to sector.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant can be a graduate student, an undergraduate student or a recent college graduate within six months of beginning the Fellowship.
  • Applicant may belong to any nation in the world with no restriction of citizenship.
  • Applicants must have a specific social impact area of interest they are passionate about commencing.
  • Applicants should have good thought leadership, writing, research, communication and presentation skills.
  • Project proposal should demonstrate the following
    1. Program area the candidate is interested to work on
    2. Research interest statement
    3. Reason behind having passion about that particular area
    4. Need for the innovation
    5. Project description
    6. A list of additional funding or necessary resources that may be needed

Applications must be made via online application system. Complete application materials include – a PDF version of current resume, project proposal (3-5 pages), and two (2) letters of recommendation.

For more information, please visit Diplomat Fellowship.

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Skoll Awards for Social Entreprenuership

January 13, 2012 79 comments

 Overview and Application Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Award includes a core support grant to the organization, to be paid over three years, and a noncash award to the social entrepreneur presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship every spring.

The application process for the 2013 Skoll Awards is open from January 4 – March 1, 2012. A preview of the application can be viewed anytime. To be considered, organizations must meet this specific Awards criteria: Winners have a tested and proven social innovation that addresses an issue of critical importance and is positioned for large-scale impact.

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Timeline for the 2013 Skoll Awards selection process:

•Accepting applications: January 4 – March 1, 2012

•Organizations notified of application status: July 2012 •

Finalist due diligence on select organizations: July – October 2012

•Skoll Award recipients announced: November 2012

•Skoll Award recipients celebrated at the Skoll World Forum: March 2013

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Application Process

Please read the criteria thoroughly to determine if your organization is eligible to apply for a Skoll Award. There is only one deadline for the 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship: Thursday, March 1, 2012.

 The application process includes the following stages:

•Eligibility quiz: This tool is helps applicants assess their eligibility for a Skoll Award. If an organization passes the eligibility quiz, they will be given a URL to the application. Applicants cannot move forward to the online application unless they pass the eligibility quiz.

•Online application: Organizations that pass the eligibility quiz may then complete an online application. A preview of the online application is available.

•Full proposal invitation: Selected applicants will be contacted by a program officer and invited to submit a full proposal. We choose 10 or fewer applicants to submit full proposals each year.

•Due diligence: This process usually includes interviews, a site visit, reference checks, follow-up questions, in-depth financial review and a discussion of grant objectives.

•Selection of the Awardees: We anticipate making fewer than 10 Awards each year.

For further information about the application process please read the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Criteria The selection process for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is competitive. Hundreds of applications are submitted for the fewer than 10 Awards given annually. Not all organizations that meet the eligibility requirements and align with our criteria will receive an Award. Qualifying organizations will be evaluated against the following criteria:

•Impact potential: Organization’s innovation is positioned to directly affect policy, behavior and/or infrastructure/system(s) on a large scale and can show evidence of significant impact already achieved.

•Inflection: Organization has a proven approach that has already been implemented with success and is now ready to apply the approach on a much larger scale.

•Innovation: Organization has an approach that fundamentally disrupts the status quo to solve social and/or environmental problems.

•Issue: Organization works on an issue that is identified by the Skoll Foundation as one of world’s most pressing problems. •

Skoll leverage: Organization will benefit from engaging with Skoll Foundation beyond a purely funding relationship, such as collaboration with our network of entrepreneurs or access to media opportunities.

•Social entrepreneur: Organization is led by a visionary social entrepreneur

•Sustainability: Organization has a clear, compelling plan for expanding impact and achieving long-term financial and operational sustainability. Skoll Award recipients typically exhibit many of the following characteristics:

•Led by a visionary, effective social entrepreneur serving as a spokesperson for their issue

•Strong leadership team and board

•Clear mission and implementation model

•Unwavering focus on mission

•Well-established, strong partnerships

•Commitment to systems, including those for measurement and learning

•Diversified and mission-aligned funding sources

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Focus Issue Areas The Skoll Foundation’s focus on the following issue areas stems from a belief that many of the world’s most pressing problems are exacerbated by inequality between the rich and the poor. Social entrepreneurs provide solutions that address this inequity at a systemic level. The following list serves as a guide and is not meant to be comprehensive: •Economic and Social Equity

•Environmental Sustainability

•Health •Institutional Responsibility

•Peace and Security

•Tolerance, Justice, and Human Rights

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Budget Guidance While the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship do not have an absolute budget threshold for eligibility, we have found that organizations with annual revenues below US$2.5 million that have activities primarily in developed countries and below US$1 million that have activities primarily in developing countries tend to be at a disadvantage in the selection process. The selection process prioritizes organizations based on readiness to expand impact significantly and/or scale up solutions and favors organizations within these budget thresholds.

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Legal Structures To receive a Skoll Award, an organization must be a legally incorporated entity. Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) public charity status, including organizations based in other countries, will be asked to submit additional documentation at the appropriate time. Please do not submit any additional information with your online application.

 In general, Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship will not support:

•Individuals, either through scholarships or other forms of financial support

•Programs promoting religious or ideological doctrine, such as those principally sectarian in nature

•Lobbying (beyond that allowed by law for charitable organizations)

•Film financing

•Endowments, cash reserves or deficit reductions •

Government agencies

•University-based projects

•Public schools and school districts

•Land, site acquisition or facilities construction

•Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, gender or sexual orientation in policy or practice

•Grantmaking to other organizations or individuals

•Event sponsorship

•Political campaigns

•New or early-stage business plans or ideas

 •Organizations whose missions and work focus on a single municipality, province or state

•Local offices of parent organizations or specific programs within organizations

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