WHO IS THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR? . . .
Our fellowship program is designed for adults. Specifically, for emerging leaders who want to expand their mental toolsets, develop strong connections with likeminded people and activate their leadership skills. This opportunity of for the misfits and mavericks of positive change, the curious and / or for those that are perhaps a little ‘stuck’ in their current positions. We take people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and provide an immersive and highly engaging (cerebrally and personally) environment for activating change!
HOW LONG IS IT?. . .
1 full week intensive = 7 packed days
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? . . .
Each fellowship week is jam-packed with activities, classes, events, workshops, special meals and tours. The full tuition cost is $2,500USD (we offer some discounts and scholarships, check the application form for more details) this tuition fee includes all activities, tuition, workshop materials, transport within Berlin for the duration of the program, most meals, and plenty of snacks.
ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE? . . .
Yes! As part of our effort to make our programs equitable, we offer both scholarships and payment plans. Fellows are selected based on merit first. With our selection made, we offer a limited number of scholarships, which are awarded based on demonstrated need. Payment plans are available to any fellow granted a place in the program.
*Within the general application, you will have the opportunity to request a scholarship and/or payment plan.
WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS? . . .
You'll learn the full UnSchool curriculum, which covers design, systems thinking, sustainability and social innovation & entrepreneurship. You'll learn activated leadership skills. You'll hang out with amazing mentors that will provide ongoing support to help you get your projects up and running. You'll be part of the growing but tight and curated community of Un-School fellows from all over the world.
DO I NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK? . . .
Yes, you do. The fellowship is designed to activate leadership and we have invited mentors to work with the group throughout the week. As the week progresses, your learnings will build upon other lessons so it's important not to miss any. You'll also have projects and real-world client challenges that require teamwork and full commitment. You should plan to block your schedule out and to be available for the fellowship from 9AM to 9PM most days (we schedule some downtime too!). The week will be jam-packed with workshops, field trips, projects, food and, of course, fun!
WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED? . . .
The fellowship program is relevant for any industry and professional background. The only requirement is that you have a burning passion and desire to actively participate in leading positive change!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP? . . .
You become part of our growing alumni group of activated change agents from 20 countries around the world. This gives you access to our mentors, and alumni only opportunities such as hosting programs, apprenticeships and many other exciting leadership opportunities
HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK? . . .
You apply by completing the application. (Maybe that part was obvious.) Then, our team of mentors assess applications. We offer fellowships to 16 people. We aim to have a super diverse group of people along for the ride and selection is based on a range of criteria.
WILL THERE BE PANCAKES? . . .
Yes! We like pancakes. From New York City, to Mexico City, Melbourne, São Paulo and now Berlin... we will make sure to incorporate fresh-made pancakes into our programs! Throughout our program we do our best to serve food that is sustainably sourced, vegetable-centric (yes, that means almost all vegetarian!) and healthy! So do not worry: you will be well fed.
HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK? . . .
You apply by completing the application. Our team of mentors assess applications. We offer fellowships to an exclusive group of between 12 and 16 fellows. The aim is to create a super diverse group of people who are ready to jump in head first and selection is based on a range of criteria. Our previous fellowships have included people from 12 countries (with applications from over 24 countries!) and across industries and professions from artists to architects, product designers to piano players!
IS THIS JUST FOR DESIGNERS OR CREATIVE TYPES? . . .
No! Designers, creative practitioners or all stripes, social activators, early career educators, communicators, entrepreneurs, artists... anyone with a burning passion to make change is welcome to apply!
HOW LONG AFTER I APPLY WILL I KNOW IF I GOT IN? . . .
Depending on how many applications we get (it can range from 50 - 150), we usually have our final shortlist 2 weeks after applications close, we start to notify in rounds until we have our top 12-16 fellows. Whether you were accepted or not, you will hear from us within a month of the application deadline.
I'VE ALREADY APPLIED AND WAS NOT ACCEPTED, CAN I APPLY AGAIN? . . .
Of course! If at first you don't succeed... we get overwhelmed by applications (which is a great thing as it means we have an incredible cohort) so if you don't get in the first time, you should apply for our next program or consider a Masterclass.
WHAT DO THE MENTORS DO? . . .
We invite a selection of established leaders to provide in-depth workshops during the week alongside our core knowledge pillars. Some mentors are local and some we invite to join us for part of the week. They usually run a session and we try to also have them attend a dinner or host small group sessions as well. Rest assured you will be able to soak up and connect with the mentors before, during and after the fellowship week.
CAN I REQUEST YOU COME TO MY CITY TO RUN A FELLOWSHIP? . . .
We program based on a number of factors, but if you are super keen, reach out to us with a compelling case and we will run it by the programming team!k.