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Rainer Arnhold Fellowship

Deadline: Ongoing

Type of Funding: Partially funded

Frequency: Annual


Mulago invites applications for the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, where social entrepreneurs come together for 1 intensive week to attend the Annual Design Course, to work on design for maximum impact and scalability.

Held in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California, the course gives Fellows the opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them. It has 5 components:

  • A design-for-maximum impact workshop
  • Prepared 10-minute pitch presentations by fellows
  • Curated 1:1 and small-group session between fellows and faculty
  • Short sessions by fellows and faculty around critical shared issues like fundraising, hiring, board development, behavior change marketing, and building a high-performance organization and
  • Individual design sessions focused on impact that can go to scale.


Fellows benefit from the annual design course and they will put their ideas into a template known as the Design Iteration Format (DIF), which takes the user through a series of steps to a detailed impact model, and then serves as the vehicle of an ongoing process of iterative redesign. Once the initial formatting is completed, Fellows work directly with staff at 6-monthly intervals to incorporate new information, lessons, and ideas into their formatted design. The fellowship is a 2-year program and Rainer Arnhold Fellows are taught to use a systematic set of tools to drive a series of iterations on the original idea.


Applicants should be social entrepreneurs with poverty solutions that could make a difference in the world. people with:

  • A big and compelling problem to tackle
  • An idea that feels scalable
  • An entrepreneurial personality and track record
  • An obsession with going to scale
  • An organization up and running, even if very small
  • Senior decision-making authority (usually an Executive Director or CEO)
  • A desire to tackle the process of scalable design
  • A full understanding of Mulago’s design process and tools, and
  • Openness to new ideas and the willingness to change course.


There is no formal application process and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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