Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship
If you are an aspiring change-maker who is dedicated to improving the health of a country you are connected to, apply as a Summer 2019 Fellow.

Human-Centered Research

Archimedes Project is a venture builder that provides an aspiring entrepreneur with a team and works as a co-founder in all aspects of developing a business from research to concept to launch.

During the Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, we work with fellows to craft a unique in-country research project to understand the water or sanitation market, map existing players and fully understand the challenges and opportunities facing a future social enterprise.

The Fellowship is a first step towards building a venture with the Archimedes Project. Join us.


Human-centered design requires human-centered research.

Aspiring entrepreneurs start their Archimedes Project experience by spending 12-weeks working in their chosen country as a Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellow.

Too many social-good projects start without a full understanding of the problem they want to solve and the ecosystem they operate within. To design a social enterprise to sustainably address the clean water and sanitation needs of low-income households, it is essential to understand those needs as well as past and current efforts to meet them.

The fellowship is the first step in our venture building process. The research and relationships developed during the fellowship period lay the foundation for venture development. Following the fellowship, the fellow can become an Archimedes Project entrepreneur and begin the process of developing and launching a venture. 

The fellowship is a truly unique opportunity to learn what it takes to start a development venture.

Fellow Criteria

An aspiring entrepreneur must be deeply connected to an Archimedes Project priority country and be able to live there and serve as a fellow full-time during the fellowship period. They must meet the Archimedes Project entrepreneur criteria and be interested in co-founding a clean water or sanitation social enterprise with the Archimedes Project.

Who Should Apply?

Anyone who has a deep commitment to improving the well-being of a country and believes that clean water and sanitation are key to that. We are looking for leaders who will work with us to design, develop and launch the next generation of clean water enterprise that will provide sustainable access while creating jobs. Key characteristics: A strong entrepreneurial spirit, creative intelligence, leadership, and resilience.

Target Countries

These countries are a priority for enterprise development.

Burkina Faso
Côte d'Ivoire
South Africa

This list is subject to change. If you are interested in working in a country not listed here, please inquire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Eligible to Apply for the Fellowship?

The fellowship is open to anyone, from current students to postgraduates.

It is essential that you are able to:

  1. Commit 5-10 hours per week in the 4-8 weeks prior to the in-country fellowship.
  2. Commit to spending 12 weeks in-country working full-time.
  3. You are interested in launching a clean water or sanitation social enterprise within 18-24 months.

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Why Do I Have to be Connected to the Target Country?

We are looking for a fellow who has the desire and legal ability to move to the country of interest, is competent in the dominant local language, and possesses a broad understanding of the culture. This will allow the fellow to navigate more successfully while talking to local partners and conducting market research. This link to the country is also important if the fellow is selected to be a co-founder. Starting a business is difficult enough as it is - having a connection to the country will help the entrepreneur navigate the challenges unique to that country.

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Can I Apply with a Team?

At this time, we are only accepting applications from individuals.

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I Already Have A Social Enterprise, Can I Apply?

The fellowship period is intended to support research and partnership building for a novel clean water or sanitation enterprise. It is not intended to support an existing social enterprise or other project.

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Do I Have to be a U.S. Citizen?

No! Our fellowship is open to citizens of every country.

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Meet our Past Fellows

Fitsum Gelaye

Fitsum grew up in Addis Ababa, constantly faced with the lack of access to basic services. Her experience inspired her to investigate the constraints behind access to water and sanitation and how social enterprises can benefit cities.

Patricia Addo-Dombo

Patricia was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, and is a MSW student at New York University who is passionate about helping people and societies. She is fueled by her drive to empower people and foster well-being.

Jennifer Vargas

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Jennifer believes that innovation, creativity and close interaction with affected communities are the key to unlock potential for change.

Iynna Halilou

Iynna is a global nomad who believes that entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity are the solution to Cameroon's development challenges. Her goal as a entrepreneur is to unlock the potential to create solutions.

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