Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Global Fellow

Why do it?

  • To gain expertise in design thinking.
  • To learn to apply human-centered design to the challenges of poverty.
  • To get the chance to work alongside world class designers in a world class nonprofit.
  • To connect with inidividuals and communities firsthand.

Are we a match?

  • You have a demonstrated professional experience for improving low-income communities and a deep understanding of the social sector
  • You are used to working across industries and disciplines. For example, you may have considerable experience in mobile application development, but you’ve also performed consumer research in India. Or launched a nonprofit related to maternal health. Or started making documentaries about your neighborhood, or...,or..., or..., [insert your personal story here].
  • You are able to demonstrate key components of the human-centered design process: empathy, synthesis, prototyping, storytelling.
  • You contribute to the larger dialogue of social innovation. You may be attending conferences, contributing to publications (blogs, Twitter, online, printed, etc.) or designing new programs with a low-income community. You are open-minded, self-reliant, and excited about being part of a diverse, fast-paced, nonprofit, start-up environment.
  • You are comfortable working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams.
  • You have examples of work grounded in insights about people. You’ve applied your skills to real-world human problems (not just artistic or academic exercises) and have worked on-the-ground with a nonprofit or social enterprise.
  • You can easily switch from macro to micro; from understanding the strategic value and business dynamics of an organization’s product or service, to caring about visual designs at a pixel or message level.
  • You are an excellent written and verbal communicator. You have a knack for succinctly capturing thoughts and expressing them to others.
  • You have great instincts about; how to tell a captivating story; how to give honest feedback; how to establish a deeper rapport.


  • Minimum of 5 years of professional full-time work experience, or a graduate degree plus 3 years of work experience.
  • English fluency (written and spoken). Additional language capabilities are preferred.
  • Ability to legally work in the U.S. for one year ( can help with the visa application process).

How do I apply?

  • Please go to to read the full job description
  • CV or Resume.
  • Cover letter: tell us why you and are made for each other.
  • Visual story: create a visual story about something more you’d like us to know about yourself. Use photos, video, drawing, or whatever visual medium seems most appropriate for you. We are really interested in your creativity, but also want to see how well you can tell your story SUCCINCTLY.
  • Essay: 500 words (or less) telling us about an experience you’ve had with a culture other than your own that changed your perspective in some way. Different cultural experiences are up to you to define.
  • One letter of recommendation: from a professional or academic contact. What do other people think of your potential to do great things as an Fellow?
  • Participate on share your stories, answer other participants’ questions, or post your own. We want to see how you can engage our online community and encouarge others to share their stories.
  • Email your materials to Please only send PDF versions of your CV, cover letter, essay, and visual story (if you’re creating a video, please include the link to the Youtube or Vimeo site in the PDF as well).
  • More information: read the Fellowship FAQs here. More information: read the Fellowship FAQs here. Email questions to with the subject: QUESTION. We’ll update the FAQ on a weekly basis.


  • Application Due: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm PST
  • Candidate Selection: March 10, 2013 or earlier
  • Fellowship Dates: July 31, 2013 - September 12, 2014

Please read our full job description at:

  • Managing Partners

    William Davidson Institute
  • Sponsoring Partner

    Citi Foundation
  • Content Partners


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