Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.
• Converting Your Idea Into An Investable & Bankable Enterprise
• When & How To Scale Your Enterprise
• Social Investor & Impact Donor Fundraising
Finally, along with other Delegates, customized capacity-building clinics are offered. For times and locations, see the Agenda.
“Scaling for Social Impact” – Gregory Dees, Beth Battle Anderson, and Jane Wei-skillern
“Ten Nonprofit Funding Models” – William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen
Applications from Delegates whose organizations, companies or ventures have already attended a prior Opportunity Collaboration will not be considered. Multiple applicants from one organization will not be considered; submit one application for the most senior leader from your institution.
Cordes Fellowship Terms & Conditions
Fellows selected from non-OECD countries (developing economies) receive a $4,750.00 full scholarship, and pay no registration fee. Fellows from OECD countries (developed economies) receive a $4,000.00 scholarship, and pay a $750.00 registration fee. See point 3 under Application Process & Deadlines, below.
The all-inclusive Cordes Fellowship includes all on-site costs for housing and meals (5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day), gratuities, airport shuttle, etc. All Fellows are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare; if applicants cannot fund the airfare, they should not apply.
Fellows agree to roomshare with one other Delegate roommate. If Fellows are traveling with a spouse or other traveling companion, larger rooms with private bedrooms will be arranged.
Fellows are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa from the Mexican government, if required. The Opportunity Collaboration provides Fellows with a formal invitation letter for use with immigration authorities.
To assure every Fellow has a productive Opportunity Collaboration experience, the Director of International Relations is available to explain program elements, facilitate logistics (including help with government visas), handle specific problems and answer questions. If you are selected as a Fellow and have special requirements, contact Leticia Jauregui, Director, International Relations (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application Process & Deadlines
The application period is now open and closes on January 31, 2012. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application within 30 days of receipt.
1) Personal resume.
2) An organizational website URL and/or a brief description (not to exceed one page) about the organizational mission, activities, current challenges to growth, etc.
3) Applicant should specify whether he or she is applying from an OECD or Non-OECD country. Cordes Fellowship Terms & Conditions, above.
4) Full contact information for two references from individuals personally familiar with the applicant’s accomplishments and abilities. Current and former Opportunity Collaboration Delegates are preferred references.
5) An organizational financial statement or balance sheet.
Once notified that an application is approved, a Fellow has thirty (30) days to accept the Cordes Fellowship by registering at the Opportunity Collaboration website. Fellows from OECD countries pay a non-refundable $750.00 registration fee. Fellows from non-OECD countries pay a refundable $250.00 application fee which is returned after the non-OECD Fellow attends the Opportunity Collaboration.