Thank you for your interest in the 2017-18 Kirchner Food Fellowship Program. As you consider applying, we ask you to carefully read and understand a few of the program’s more unique requirements.
Although an ambitious goal, the Kirchner Food Fellowship FundTheFood program is seeking to positively and meaningfully impact global hunger through an experimental and innovative approach to capital allocation. Accordingly, the Fellowship is demanding.
The program’s mandatory elements include: travel to 3-4 (expense paid) events both domestic and international, weekly regular virtual meetings with advisors, frequent virtual meetings as a team of Fellows and significant self-directed work. One should expect to average 10-20 hours of time dedicated to the program a week. Also, if selected as a Finalist, applicants will be asked to commit in advance to a series of in-person events that may conflict with schoolwork on occasion. If selected, it will be the responsibility of the Fellow to manage their academic calendar around those events.
Given the importance that the Kirchner team places on this initiative, the Fellows are also given access to most resources of the Kirchner Group and the Food Security Group investment ecosystem and may have access to sensitive information. Accordingly, the Fellowship is very selective; industrial and organizational psychology tests and extensive background checks will be performed on all finalists.
Lastly, given the demands and the unique educational nature of this program, we require Fellows to seek academic credit from their home institution. We provide support materials as needed to the Fellows as they work with their home institutions. We encourage you to make inquiries with your home institution about the viability of receiving academic credit prior to applying.
Thank you again for your interest. If you decide to move forward, we look forward to reviewing your application.