While there is no internal Earlham process for the Echoing Green Fellowship, you are encouraged to let the Graduate Fellowship Committee know that you are applying, and you are welcome to seek our help during the application process.
Who May Apply
Applicants should be 18 years of age or older. Each applicant proposes an independent, autonomous project that must be his or her original idea. As the primary decision maker for the project's development and management, the applicant must be prepared to make a full-time commitment to its development (a minimum of 35 hours a week for at least two years). A project may be in "start-up" phase which, according to Echoing Green, means that the project may have been in existence for up to two years. Projects started under the direction of or for an existing organization cannot be considered independent or autonomous.
Application Pool Description
The 13 Echoing Green Fellows for 2004 were selected from nearly 700 applicants from 37 countries.
Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens. However, if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, no services in connection with the fellowship may be performed in the United States. No more than two individuals may apply as a "partnership;" both partners must make a full-time commitment to the development of the project. It is expected that the Fellow will resign from any other current employment. Student applicants should note that they will be ineligible for their fellowship stipend if their project is delayed due to time commitment conflicts with their studies.
Award Description and Duration
Echoing Green is the premiere global venture philanthropy firm that seeks out, identifies, invests in and develops the world's emerging social entrepreneurs and the organizations they create. The fellowship program provides seed and start-up capital, technical assistance and networking opportunities to these change agents. Echoing Green Fellows receive a two-year $60,000 stipend, health and dental insurance coverage, and access to a network of social change makers and technical assistance. The stipend can be used for any purpose related to the start-up of the organization or project. Partnerships may receive a two-year stipend of $90,000 for a combined fellowship; both partners receive all fellowship benefits.
Application Requirements and Deadline
All applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. on December 1. Echoing Green accepts only one application submission per applicant per year; any applicant who submits multiple applications for the same project or single applications for multiple different projects will be disqualified from consideration. Partners must submit a joint application for their project; partners who submit separate applications for the same project will be disqualified from consideration.
Echoing Green will not accept attachments or supplemental materials supporting documents as part of the initial application. Any extraneous documentation included with an initial application will not be reviewed in the evaluation and cannot be returned. Applicants who are invited to submit Phase II applications are responsible for managing the collection and submission of all reference letters as a single package. Echoing Green will not accept letters sent by references directly to the foundation.
Echoing Green's Fellowships are announced in May.