IDEX Fellowship Program


The IDEX Fellowship is a paid 10-month field placement in a social enterprise that offers cultural and social immersion into the field of social enterprise for college graduates interested in launching a career in the sector. Fellows are strategically placed to work with entrepreneurs to develop a blueprint for change.

IDEX Fellows work in social enterprises span across five focus areas:

  • Market Knowledge & Insights
  • Strategy & Operations
  • Business Development
  • Innovation & Sustainability
  • Impact Assessment & Analysis


IDEX Fellowship for Social Enterprise is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 cohort. IDEX is an initiative of Gray Matters Capital Foundation (GMC) and Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV). GMC and GGV have are dedicated to providing market-based capital solutions to entrepreneurs who are addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets. Depending upon the need and opportunity, we serve as a co-creator, catalytic donor or impact investor.

GMC is equally committed to addressing the human capital gap that exists in the social enterprise sector. IDEX offers a unique opportunity for aspiring practitioners and young professionals to pursue a career path that positively impacts their lives and the lives of others. GMC believes it is through a pipeline of experienced, knowledgeable and innovative practitioners that socially motivated enterprises can sustain growth to better serve their clients base and create change in their local communities.






 We are looking for dedicated and self-motivated individuals with the ability to work in new and challenging environments with limited resources. Fellows must be willing to work in low-income communities in developing nations (India or Ghana) and must demonstrate practical skills, relationship building, cultural sensitivity and leadership potential to affect change by implementing market-based solutions to create social impact. IDEX fellows are selected from a competitive pool of talented, passionate young professionals from across a wide range of sectors, professional and academic backgrounds and ethnicities. 




  • Undergraduate degree or higher (by June 2012)
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of social enterprise 
  • Demonstrated leadership in a professional or academic setting 
  • Professional or academic background in business, economics, development, international affairs, education, or a related fields
  • Ability to perform in a high-pressure environment 
  • International travel experience; developing world experience a plus
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities



Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for an IDEX Fellowship:


  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews
  • Applicants must make a full-time, 10-month commitment to the fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign/request a temporary leave of absence from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to IDEX initiatives.
  • Applicants can be citizens of any nationality
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a business visa for entry to field placement host country. To learn more about visa requirements, click here.
  • Applicants must commit to attending IDEX training if selected as fellows. All new fellows attend induction training in the host country of their fellowship placement. Training commences in the summer (July). 
  • Fellows are responsible for all expenses related to travel to and from the fellowship host country. IDEX will announce the dates for training upon acceptance of the fellowship (approx. 3 months prior to training date).



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 For questions regarding IDEX eligibility please email


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