Qualifications & Requirements

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Program policies & requirements:

  • Due to the large volume of applicants, incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications sent in after the deadline will be considered for the following class.
  • All Kiva Fellows must speak fluent English and be at least 21 years old.
  • Fellows must have access to a working laptop for use during training and during the entirety of the fellowship.

Kiva Fellows are an incredibly diverse group of individuals, from a wide range of professional backgrounds.  In addition to meeting the minimum requirements outlined above, we are seeking candidates who share the following skills and characteristics:

    • Experience traveling or living abroad (preferably in developing countries, for applicants interested in serving overseas)
    • High degree of flexibility, self-motivation and problem solving
    • Ability to take initiative and work independently
    • Fluency in English
    • Strong writing skills
    • Familiarity and comfort with technology and web-based applications
    • Dedication to working in the field
    • Experience working in cross-cultural environments
    • Ability and commitment to fund the entire fellowship
    • Excellent judgment
    • Sincere interest in microfinance and serving Kiva’s mission
    • Ability to commit to Kiva for 4+ months

Additional preferred skills and characteristics include:

    • Fluency or advanced communication ability in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or other languages from a country where Kiva has a presence
    • Background in economics, finance, business or consulting
    • Background in media, journalism, or communications
    • 5+ years of work experience