The Admissions Committee is made up of over 40 StartingBloc Fellows from a variety of locations and Institutes. Below are the criteria that our Admissions Committee members use to select the incoming class ::
StartingBloc Potential :: 25% :: Demonstration that now is the right time for the applicant to attend an Institute. The applicant should gain new understanding from the Institute and contribute to the StartingBloc community. Fit with the StartingBloc's values.
Clarity of Purpose :: 25% :: Clarity of the applicant's vision for creating impact, as evidenced in the application essays. Supporting evidence in the resume and background information that the candidate’s goals for the Fellowship are a balance between ambitious and realistic.
Leadership & Teamwork :: 20% :: Ability to communicate new ideas and influence others to adopt them. Leadership can take many forms, and successful candidates often lead groups that consist of their seniors as well as their peers.
Passion for Social Innovation :: 20% :: Enthusiasm for using social innovation as a tool for solving the world's tough problems. Commitment to incorporating social innovation into personal or career goals.
Academics :: 10% :: Ability to learn quickly; breadth and depth of intellectual curiosity.
Diversity :: StartingBloc values diversity of thought, because combining unique perspectives often leads to innovation. The Fellowship is comprised of people from different sectors, geographies, and cultural backgrounds. The experiences of each Fellow contribute to diverse modes of thought in the community as a whole. In your application, please show the admissions committee what makes you unique, and the diversity of thought that you bring to the Fellowship.