June 13, 2014.
June 8, 2015 June 15, 2016 at 5 pm Pacific Time. Make sure you have your short essay and other materials in order so that you get your materials in by the deadline and try and be one of the 50 people they narrow the pool down to. In the end, only 8 students will receive the fellowship, but that doesn’t mean more of you won’t at least get admitted! Click here to get official up-to-date information on the Stanford GSB website. Even if you aren’t applying to the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship, these tips will help you be specific and clear in your “career vision” type essays. Stanford asks applicants to write a 250-word essay addressing how you plan to make an impact in Africa. I’ve created some questions for you to consider as you answer the 250-word Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship question:
Questions to consider as you write your essay for the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship:
- What country/countries do you want to work in and why?
- What population of people do you want to work with? (citizens of a certain region, children, women, soldiers, etc.)
- What specific political/social/economic issue do you hope to affect and why?
- What organization(s) do you want to work for? Why?
- What community, political, and social leaders do you want to learn from and partner with? Why?
- What is your plan for right after graduation? (For example, you could stay in the U.S. for two years and then head to Africa for two years. If you plan to stay in the U.S. for two years, where do you want to work and what do you want to be doing?) What is your plan for 3-5 years after graduation? What is your plan for 10 years after graduation?
Of course these are a lot of questions to cover in just 250 words. I suggest you try allowing yourself to write up to 500 words and then go back and edit it down to 250 words. I always believe it’s better to let the words flow and then go back and trim them down than to strangle yourself creatively trying to stay within the word limit. Best of luck on applying and I hope lots and lots of you go for it!