This highly selective program recruits social entrepreneurs working in partnership with their local communities to advance social change in the U.S. or globally. Many of our previous participants are leading organizations that advocate for the rights of women, minorities or marginalized communities. In fall 2012, the program recruited social entrepreneurs using legal frameworks as a force for social change. While the themes may vary each year, the program is always looking to identify strong activists and social entrepreneurs who are working to challenge the systems that keep people in poverty and socially excluded. They should also demonstrate strong engagement and commitment to democratic processes and practices through their work.
Social entrepreneurs must have at least five years - ideally 10 - leading an institution or organization that is increasing the voice, presence and relevance of traditionally marginalized communities. Candidates should be at a point in their professional careers where they want to step away from the daily demands of their activism to spend 10 weeks on the Stanford campus reflecting on their work and engaging the academic community. All candidates must have a strong command of the English language and be comfortable addressing diverse audiences, interacting with students and working with faculty.
Candidates must also commit to spending the full 10 weeks on campus to benefit fully from the experience and participate in the program's activities.
Nomination and Selection Process
At present there is no open application process to the program. The program's Global Practitioner Council and partner organizations help identify and invite dynamic practitioners to participate in the entrepreneur-in-residence program. Nominations will be reviewed by the program team and perspective social entrepreneurs will be invited to submit a formal application and supporting materials.
If you are interested in nominating a social entrepreneurship to the program, please contact Program Manager Sarina Beges at email@example.com. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Please note that applicants who have participated in CDDRL's Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program will not be precluded from participation in the entrepreneur-in-residence program.