A Global Fellowship Program Worth Talking About

Mark Horoszowski

Mark Horoszowski is the co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds.org.

There are a lot of Fellowship programs. Acumen, Kiva, and Vittana fellows are the most popular, but this brand new fellowship program from More Than Me is like the salesforce.com of fellowships programs… which is to say that it’s new, rapidly growing, and inspiringly innovative. We love to see new approaches that engage professionals to solve tough challenges overseas, and were thrilled to see this program calling for amazing professionals to come change the world.

What you need to know about the More Than Me Fellowship

  • Applications are due May the 17th
  • 8 fellows will spend 1 year in Liberia after a a few days of training in New York, and then you’ll get 3 weeks of training in Liberia
  • Travel and living costs will be paid (plus you’ll get a little stipend)
  • Professionals with skills in finance, business development, information technology, and measurement & evaluation will stand out in the selection progress
  • You’ll help fundraising to support MTM programs while in Liberia
  • You can read more about it and apply here: http://tinyurl.com/MoreThanMeFellowship

Why More Than Me Fellowship is Awesome

One of the key differentiators of this program is that it’s team based. So in addition to doing high-impact, skills-based work, you’ll also be working side-by-side a diverse cohort of professionals that will push you and challenge you to be better. More Than Me is looking for professionals in the following expertise-areas:

  1. Grant writing
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  3. Communications/ Digital Media
  4. Business Development
  5. IT/Technology
  6. Pedagogical
  7. Creative Development
  8. Finance/Procurement

Also, because this is the first year of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to further shape an industry-leading program.

3 Reasons You Should Do a Fellowship

Embarking on a year-long journey in a foreign land is a big step. You’ll leave family, friends and the comforts of home behind. And when you return, you’ll be changed. But it’s more than worth it… here are just a few reasons why:

  1. You’ll stand out. No matter what you do after the fellowship, you’ll standout amongst your friends and peers as someone who takes risks, makes things around them better, and gets things done. So whether you want to work at a nonprofit, move up the corporate ladder, or start your own enterprise, an experience like this will make you more attractive to partners and employers.
  2. You’ll learn. When it comes to learning, nothing trumps ‘getting your hands dirty’. By spending time working on high-impact projects in fast-paced environments with other inspiring and experienced people, you’ll develop technical and leadership skills faster than anybody in a classroom environment.
  3. You’ll be better prepared for the future. In his inspiring Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs advises graduates to take the windy road and get diverse experiences. Not only does that fuel innovation, but it leaves you ready to handle whatever life may throw at you:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs

Even if it’s not quantifiable, there is value in immersion. This video from Acumen’s founder Jaqueline Novogratz explains why:

Whether you’re thinking about leaving that job you don’t love, trying to get experience after college, or looking for global experience, then apply to the More Than Me fellowship application.

You will change the world, and the world will change you.