Echoing Green Fellowships provide generous support, over two years, to promising social entrepreneurs, giving them start-up capital and technical assistance as they launch their organizations and build the capacity of their social enterprise, anywhere in the world.
Each fellowship provides a stipend of $80,000, paid in four installments over two years, plus a health insurance stipend and an annual professional development stipend. (Two-person partnerships will receive a stipend of $90,000.) Echoing Green also provides conferences for fellows, led by organizational and development experts, access to technical support and pro bono partnerships, and access to an extensive community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including nearly 500 alumni of its own fellowship program.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events, and must be able to make a full-time commitment (at least 35 hours per week) to their organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. Applicants can be citizens of any nationality, and their organizations can be based in any country, but applicants with projects based in the U.S. must have legal status to work in the U.S.
Each organization proposed must be the original idea of the applicant, and it must be in a start-up phase at the time of application—Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. The organization must also be independent and autonomous—organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization. The applicant must be the primary decision maker for the organization’s development and management.
Echoing Green evaluates fellowship applications on several criteria to assess both the strength of the applicants as well as the strength of their ideas. Applicants are expected to show a strong sense of purpose, resilience, leadership, and the capacity to attract resources. Organizational ideas should be innovative in some way, address a serious social problem, have the potential for significant impact, and be based on a sound business model.
Past Columbia recipients: Chelsey Roebuck ’10SEAS (Mechanical Engineering), Laurie Parise ’92GS (Psychology), Risë Wilson ’97CC (African-American Studies)