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Passionate about water? Apply to change lives with Archimedes Project fellowship

Passionate about water? Apply to change lives with Archimedes Project fellowship

Published:25 January 2018

CQUni students and alumni are invited to apply for the Archimedes Project's Frontier Fellowship Program, to join social innovation initiatives for improving clean water access.

Want to travel, learn and drive innovative change for communities that can't access clean water?

CQUni students and alumni are invited to apply for an Archimedes Project Summer 2018 Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, to examine clean water or sanitation initiatives and opportunities across a 12-week international experience.

The opportunity comes as part of CQUni's Ashoka U membership, and requires a social innovation mindset, and proven connections to your destination country.

Successful applicants to the fellowship program will nominate their preferred destination, then travel and live in-country to examine water and sanitation market, needs, build local partnerships, and may even begin micro-testing social enterprise ideas.

Fellows will then present their findings to the Archimedes Project, a New York-based startup studio that works with entrepreneurs to develop social enterprises around clean water and sanitation.

The fellow will receive a stipend of up to $US5,000 towards flight, room and board, and the work must take place between June and September 2018.

Archimedes Project founder Faith Wallace-Gadsden said fellowship was designed to build new ventures for the organisation. 

"Too many social-good projects start without a full understanding of the problem they want to solve and the ecosystem they operate within," she explained.

"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."

Archimedes Project priority countries are: Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.

However, applicants may propose a non-priority country in their application, and give reasons it should be included.

Applications are encouraged from anyone who has passion and commitment to improving the well-being of a country, and has strong entrepreneurial spirit, creative intelligence, leadership, and resilience.

For more information, visit archimedesproject.com/fellow.

Applications are due on 9 February, and CQUniversity's Office of Social Innovation will support any CQUni applications - contact socialinnovation@cqu.edu.au to request this support.

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