Grameen Foundation Fellowship Program

Deadline: 31 March 2013
Open to: candidates worldwide with three years of applicable work experience or 1 year of experience and an advanced degree
Fellowship: lodging and a living stipend for a yearlong placement in Grameen Foundations field offices around the globe


Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest to improve their lives and escape poverty by providing them with access to appropriate financial services, life-changing information and unique income-generating opportunities.

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 local field offices in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Join the innovation, on the ground.

The fellowship aims to leverage fellows’ skills and passions with tailored placements that allow them to build the relationships and knowledge necessary to end global poverty. These twelve months of service will enable field offices around the globe to increase Grameen Foundation’s capacity and ability to focus on under-served needs. For this program English language proficiency is basic requirement.

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


  • 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.
  • The Fellowship Class will receive training in preparation for their placement, as well as ongoing support and professional development opportunities.


  • 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.


Deadline for applications is 31 March 2013. The Fellowship application is a five-step process.
  1. All Candidates must register with Bankers without Borders and Apply Online HERE.
  2. Bankers without Borders will notify candidates with the results of the initial application screening process.
  3. Passing applicants will be asked to complete a full Fellowship Application form, consisting of short answer and essay questions.
  4. Advancing candidates will be invited to participate in group interviews (conducted in-person or remotely).
  5. 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.

All finalists will be notified once placements are finalized at the end of May. 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. 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.  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.

For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions flyer HERE and visit the official website HERE.

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