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Entrepreneurs social change fellowship open to residents of US, UK, & France

http://www.adrfellowship.org/fellowship/

This two-week program will be conducted from July 15, 2011 - July 31, 2011 at Cambridge Judge Business School in partnership with the Centre for History and Economics, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK.

In January of 2012, 6 months after the two-week training, four-day follow up intensive training session will be held at ESSEC Bussiness School in Paris, France

AdR fellowship aims to develop a network of entrepreneurs and others with a demonstrated interest in social change and cross-cultural dialogue. It is an endeavor to create a new brand for dialogue and social entrepreneurship that allows for sustainable business models to have far reaching impact.

The AdR fellowship aims to develop a network of entrepreneurs and others with a demonstrated interest in social change and cross-cultural dialogue. It is an endeavor to create a new brand for dialogue and social entrepreneurship that allows for sustainable business models to have far reaching impact.

For more information see http://www.adrfellowship.org/fellowship/

In a multi-layered approach, the program blends three educational components:

* Action-driven social entrepreneurship program
* Exposure to state-of-the-art scholarship and
* Cross-cultural dialogue

Professors from Judge Business School and Kings College will deliver academic content and design follow up workshops. In addition, professors from a leading American business school will be invited to participate. Facilitators will conduct seminars and workshops on various aspects of cross-cultural dialogue. Significant resources will be devoted to classroom lectures and individual projects.

This is a highly interactive and intensive program. Prior to the start, incoming fellows will be required to complete an appropriate assessment tool. This will give valuable feedback towards understanding their role as an agent of change.

Each Fellow will receive individual coaching to interpret assessment results that will enable him/her to apply this information to achieve personal and professional goals.

Besides academic and business training, the program will also encompass extracurricular cultural activities in Cambridge and London.

Some of the key objectives and goals of the AdR fellowship are:

* To create a new model for conflict resolution by blending social entrepreneurship, humanities and cross-cultural dialogue.
* To build a vibrant network of social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations enhancing peer-to-peer learning.
* To enable social enterprises and non-profit organizations to reach sustainability.
* To create new dynamics in Muslim-Jewish dialogue by bringing together Muslim and Jewish social entrepreneurs
* To enable change-makers to cut across cultural, religious and geographical boundaries.

What is AdR fellowship's approach?

The AdR fellowship envisions a blending of social entrepreneurship, academic scholarship and cross-cultural dialogue. The program aims to identify and support talented professionals who are committed to social change. It is using this shared purpose in developing sustainable social impact as a new form of cross-cultural dialogue, particularly between Muslim and Jewish communities.

How old is the fellowship program?

The fellowship is relatively new. We conducted the first session in 2009.

How many fellows are accepted for each session?

Not more than 30 fellows are accepted for each session.

Is there an age limit?

No, there is no age limit to apply.

Can I apply if I am not a national of the UK, France or the US?

Yes, you can. You must reside in the UK, France or the US and your organization must be legally registered in one these countries.
[In exceptional cases, candidates from Canada, Belgium and Switzerland can be selected. Please note that your organizations must be legally registered in your respective countries.]


Can I apply if I am not from Muslim or Jewish background?

Yes, you can. Although, the fellowship focuses on building bridges between Muslim and Jewish communities in the UK, USA and France, we welcome everyone involved in social change to apply.


Is there a specific sector focus?

Yes, we have identified the following focus areas:

* Environment & New technologies
* Social Media
* Health
* Community Service
* Education
* Creative Arts
* Intercultural/interfaith projects
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Please note that we will consider other sectors based on the strength of the project.

Can I apply if I have an 'idea'?

No, unfortunately at this stage, we only accept candidates whose organizations have been working for at least a year.


Do I need to have a business plan?

Yes, each fellow is required to have an outline of a business plan at the time of application.

What are the language requirements?

Proficiency in English is required. There will be an opportunity for native French speakers to receive some support and submit some written materials in French during the program as necessary.

To support the French fellows, the Foundation will consider organizing a 4-6 week, English language seminar before the inception of the program.

What is expected of me if I am selected?

Accepted fellows are required to participate in all sessions of the intensive summer training held in Cambridge in July 2011.

The fellows must submit an initial business plan before they begin the program. At the end of the two weeks, the fellows must have made substantial progress on their business plan.

Can I apply if my application was unsuccessful in previous year(s)?

Yes, you can.

What is the review process?

Applications must be submitted electronically through the dedicated web site by February 29, 2011.

Pre-screened candidates will have a phone interview. Successful candidates will be invited to have a second round of interviews with a final jury in NY, Paris or London.

Do I have to make my own travel and accommodation arrangements for final interview?

Yes, you will have to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements. The EdR foundations will reimburse you for your travel expenses upon receiving original receipts. The EdR foundations define an upper limit for travel expenses and would not be able to cover expenses beyond the defined amount.

Please note that EdR foundations neither provide accommodation nor pays for it during the interview process.

Do I have to pay to participate in the fellowship?

No, it is an all paid for program. All selected candidates are provided with return tickets to & from their place of residence, accommodation and most meals. Some dinners are the responsibility of the candidates.

Do I need to have health insurance?

Yes, all incoming candidates must provide proof of health coverage.

If I have a disability, can I still apply?

Yes, you can. We do request that, if selected, you let us know your needs so we are able to provide you with appropriate support.

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