IDEX is a six-month fellowship experience designed for aspiring social intrapreneurs who want to take control their career path while helping to address society's most pressing problems.
3 weeks (Online)
The IDEX Fellowship begins with three weeks of virtual training delivered by IDEX staff and alumni. This orientation consists of virtual seminars, readings, and strategic deliverables to personally and professionally prepare you for your six month field experience.
1 week (India)
Field Orientation is an intensive five day training and orientation event. Fellows will glean insight from professionals within India’s social impact sector, as well as undertake workshops and engage with professionals and colleagues in order to gain deeper insight and knowledge of key aspects of social impact work.
Social Enterprise Placement
24 weeks (India)
For six months, fellows work with one of IDEX’s partner enterprises as key staff member. Fellows work full-time (40 hours/week) with enterprises, interacting with customers, working hands-on with projects while building their professional portfolio and grappling first-hand with the complex issues of working for a socially-minded enterprise.
In addition to full-time field placement, fellows will also undertake 24 weeks of custom developed curriculum modules that cover Managing Social Innovation, Advocacy & Outreach, Resource Mobilization and Impact Measurement. The IDEX Curriculum is self-paced and provides fellows with a baseline understanding of each focus area delivered through a combination of short-readings and curated content. Fellows can expect to commit approximately 4-5 hours a week on each curriculum modules for a minimum of 96 hours over the entire program.
Capacity Building Workshops
To accompany each curriculum module, fellows will particpate in four full-day capacity building workshops over the course of their fellowship led by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Mentors-in-Residence who are seasoned professionals and thought leaders in their respective fields. Click here to see a list of our Training Partners and Capacity Building Mentors.
Reflection & Debriefing
1 Day (Bangalore, India)
The End of the Year Conference celebrates Fellows’ completion of the Global Fellowship at one day finale event. Fellows who have successfully completed all program requirements will be provided with the opportunity to showcase ttheir work and their achievements amongst their peers and IDEX staff.
Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications to be eligible for the IDEX Fellowship:
Have a Bachelor, Masters or Graduate Degree (in any field) prior to start of program
Ability to perform in a high pressure environment
Be proficient in English (both written and spoken)
Can obtain an India Business visa for a minimum of six months
Have a minimum of 1 to 3 years of professional work experience
Have excellent listening and communication skills (written and verbal)
IDEX thrives on the spirit of community. That's why our fellowship experience is centered around the 'cohort'. We value diversity as well as passion. We also believe the unique perspectives and experiences of each fellow leads to greater impact in the field. Over the past five years of running IDEX, we've narrowed in on some key indicators and qualities that let us know if we're a good fit for you.
Are willing to embrace ambiguity head on, seek opportunities to learn and share your experiences with others.
Have the willingness and ability to quickly adapt and work in resource constrained environments - this means you don't complain if wifi goes down or power goes out for a few hours.
Are seeking a self-directed fellowship experience where you are provided support and coaching but must also rely on your own creativity and grit to make the most out of your experience.
Thrive in a start-up environment.
Have had professional successes and failures that you've learned from and can apply to new situations.
Have a passion for social enterprise and improving quality of life for under-served or under-resourced communities.
Have a strong desire to engage in an intense professional development experience- this means you love to learn through people, experiences and self-reflection.
Are committed to make an equity investment of time, energy and capital into your own personal growth and professional development.
Have patience, empathy and a sense of humor- because laughter makes everything better.
Tuition for the July '16 Fellowship Program is $3,950 USD.
IDEX exists to build a diverse and inclusive society of social intrapreneurs that stretch across all corners of the globe.
Tuition covers the following:
- 3-week virtual orientation
- India field orientation (lodging + meals for all 4 days)
- Monthly mentoring/capacity building workshops during fellowship
- Networking events
- 1:1 Mentoring sessions during fellowship
- Curated curriculum
- Full-time support staff & field managers
Tuition does not cover:
- Travel to/from India
- Transportation to/from the airport
- Passport or Business visa cost
- Living expenses during the fellowship
Stipends & Housing
Fellows will receive a monthly living stipend (approx. $125 USD/month) towards cost of their living expenses. IDEX estimates that fellows living expenses, while in India, will average $250- $350 USD per month based on the city placement. *Please note the monthly stipends are intended to reduce a portion of the fellow's living expenses but are not intended to cover all estimated monthly living expenses.
IDEX provides shared housing accommodations for fellows (at no cost to the fellow) during the fellowship period. Fellows will be responsible for paying monthly utility costs.
Through generous funding from IDEX donors and partners, we are able to a limited number of partial scholarships for the 2016 Program to select candidates.
IDEX SCHOLARSHIP FUND: $500- $2,000
IDEX provides partial scholarships for select fellows seeking to participate in the IDEX Accelerator program. Funding is merit-based and awarded to the most promising candidates who demonstrate a commitment and passion to continue working in the social enterprise sector post fellowship. This application is open to all global applicants.
IDVESTWISE SCHOLARSHIP FUND: $3,500
As part of our commitment to investing in the transformation power of women’s leadership, IDEX has launched the INVESTWISE Scholarship Fund with the goal of empowering and training future women intrapreneurs. Funding is awarded to the most promising candidates who demonstrate a commitment to continue working for a socially progressive enterprise post-fellowship. This scholarship award is restricted to female applicants only and requires a letter of recommendation from a mentor.
Crowdfunding Your Tuition
IDEX has formed a partnership with Indigogo to make it easier for fellows to fundraise for their fellowship. Indigogo allows fellows to create a personal fundraising page where you can direct family, friends and supporters and sponsors. To date, IDEX fellows have fundraised more than $40,000 from supporters.
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