11 Fellowships for Leaders in Business and Entrepreneurship

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Last updated January 19, 2023

If you’re an experienced professional looking for a new opportunity to expand your field of influence, check out these fellowships! There are programs all over the world for entrepreneurs and senior business leaders, and each offers networking and hands-on experience. If one of them sounds like a good fit for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

AsiaGlobal Fellows Program

The AsiaGlobal Fellows Program at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a 13-week inter-disciplinary program designed to nurture future leaders. AsiaGlobal Fellows are promising mid-career professionals from around the world and across a spectrum of occupations, including policy makers, policy advisors, business and civil society. They share a common policy interest in Asia, have demonstrated strong leadership potential, and are committed to making a positive impact on society. The program provides Fellows a monthly stipend to help with living costs, accommodation, round-trip travel, site-visit travel expenses, and insurance.

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is offering a training program for global democratic leaders holding senior roles in their respective fields. The program brings together a group of 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from transitioning countries. For three weeks during the summer, fellows participate in academic seminars that expose them to the theory and practice of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Delivered by leading Stanford faculty from the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the departments of economics and political science.

Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship

Education Pioneers launches and advances the careers of professionals who are eager for opportunities to use expertise in data, operations, policy, and more to make a difference for students and families from outside the classroom. The EP Summer Fellowship is a 10-week summer experience that lays the foundation you need to become a lifelong leader in education. The EP Impact Fellowship is an intensive, 10-month experience that helps turn rising leaders’ skills and passions for social good into new, tangible leadership opportunities — supporting educational equity and advancing careers, at the same time. The 10-month placement offers a $47,500 stipend ($58,000 annualized), plus benefits.

GSBI Accelerator Programs

The GSBI Accelerator program is a 10-month, mentored program for established social entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their businesses. Programs will coach, educate, and prepare fellows to the better articulate mission, impact model, and business plans. Ideal candidates lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid enterprise, are a mid-stage enterprise (3+ years) ready for scale and investment and can develop innovative solutions to provide sustainable paths out of poverty with mentorship. Fellowships consist of 3 parts: online mentorship, in-residence mentorship, and implementation – costs of the program are covered for accepted fellows.

Henry Crown Fellowship

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. Each class of Fellows is chosen from a wide pool of accomplished entrepreneurial leaders (between the ages of 30 and 45). The two-year program is comprised of a structured series of four seminars (approximately 24 days in total) under the guidance of skilled senior moderators of the Aspen Institute along with a required leadership Venture of each Fellow’s own design and choosing. Individuals cannot apply for the Henry Crown Fellowship Program; they must be nominated by recognized leaders.

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy are for outstanding mid-career American professionals to research and gain firsthand experience of public policy in New Zealand. Two to three fellowships valued at up to NZ $58,500 are granted each year, towards three to seven months of research. Fellows will be based at a relevant government agency in Wellington, New Zealand, and carefully paired with a leading policy expert who will serve as their mentor. To be eligible, you must be a US citizen with at least five years of experience in your profession in the public, business, or non-profit sector.

Presidential Leadership Scholars

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program challenges established business leaders to take action through a personal leadership project to solve a problem or pressing issue in their community, country, or the world. The six-month fellowship includes an opening week session in Washington, D.C., and one extended weekend during each of the following five months in various places around the U.S. Fellows hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents, key administration officials, leading academics, and business and civic leaders. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the course sessions in the host city are provided.

RSE Enterprise Fellowship

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship offers a leading business development and training programme for the higher education sector; enabling researchers to develop into world-class entrepreneurs. The award offers a tailored, equity-free support package of funding and training worth up to £100,000! Benefits include a one-year academic salary, for you to focus solely on developing your business proposal whilst being hosted at a UK university or research institute; tailored, cutting-edge business training; mentoring from RSE’s network of partners in the business community; up to £10,000 business supporting funding and membership to the RSE Entrepreneurs’ Club with access to networking events. Applicants must demonstrate they can remain and work legally in the UK for the duration of the Enterprise Fellowship.

TechnoServe Fellows Program

The TechnoServe Fellows Program invites business professionals to contribute their skills in helping to change the lives of those living in poverty. Fellows experience the field of international development firsthand while building new skills and challenging themselves in a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial environment. Fellows help with a wide variety of projects and are a crucial part of the businesses they are helping. The fellowship is for 3 months or more and does not offer a salary but covers costs for the fellow including per diem expenses, visas, and other travel costs. Professionals from around the world are invited to apply.

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program

Ten American and ten Japanese young professionals will travel to each other’s country for one week to meet with leaders from business and government. The focus will be on innovation, new technology, and industrial development in the context of U.S.- Japan relations. The American delegation will travel to Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo, and the Japanese delegation will travel to Silicon Valley in California and Washington, D.C. for the week-long fellowship. Eligible applicants up to age 40 with English proficiency and professional accomplishments in the field of industrial development are invited to apply.

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program

The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program is a nationwide competition for women entrepreneurs. Each Fellow will participate in a one year program which includes: mentoring, networking, and business guidance for one year, a $5,000 grant to further their business education, and a 5-day trip to New York City to the Tory Burch headquarters that will include the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition. The winner of the pitch competition will receive a $100,000 grant investment. Your company must be registered and operated in the United States.


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