Exceptional candidates will be offered acceptance into the Kauffman Fellows Program based on the strength of their nomination, application, recommendations, interviews, and the due diligence we conduct.
Kauffman Fellows is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination where all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect, and each individual is valued for their contribution and individuality. Fellows are selected for admission without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, physical ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
Application to the Kauffman Fellows Program consists of three phases, described in more detail below.
- PHASE 1 – NOMINATION: First, candidates are nominated by Kauffman Fellows, Kauffman Fellow Mentors, Faculty, or Board members, or the candidate’s Managing Director (if applicable); if such nominations are not attainable, the candidate may self-nominate.
- PHASE 2 – APPLICATION: All nominations are carefully reviewed. Selected candidates are invited to participate in this second phase by completing our online application.
- PHASE 3 – INTERVIEWS: Candidates with strong applications will then be invited to participate in a series of interviews with Fellows and the KF executive team—in person, when possible, or via online video.
From the many excellent candidates interviewed, we design a class of Fellows who will best contribute to each other’s learning, and support individual and mutual goals and successes.
Phase 1: Nomination
Nominations will be accepted online starting September 1, 2017. Candidates may be nominated by a Kauffman Fellow or Kauffman Fellows Board Member, Faculty, or Mentor using our online
Only one Nomination Form per candidate is needed.
Receiving multiple Nomination Forms causes processing difficulties and may delay your application process.
Nominations will also be accepted from a candidate’s Managing Partner (if applicable), regardless of affiliation with Kauffman Fellows.
One enduring legacy of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman, is providing opportunities to people with limited access to resources. In the spirit of continuing Mr. K’s legacy, if a candidate does not have a nominator, the candidate may self-nominate. If you would like to nominate yourself, please contact Katlyn Mease (email@example.com) for instructions.
After your nomination has been reviewed—usually within a few business days—you may be invited to complete an online application.
Phase 2: Application
The application consists of two elements: the online application form, and 2 letters of recommendation. There is a $250 non-refundable application fee, payable through PayPal as part of the online application. Applications are accepted beginning September 1; the application window has been extended past its original December 15, 2017 deadline until the class is full. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to apply, or for timeline information.
The Admissions Committee will give careful consideration to all applications and notify candidates by January 2018 if they are invited to participate in the third phase, interviews. Candidates applying after the original December 15 deadline will be invited for interviews on a rolling basis until the class is full.
Candidates can download a PDF of the application to view the information requested in advance of completing the online application form.
We request that your two written recommendations come from individuals other than your Nominator. It is the candidate’s responsibility to send the recommendation form to these individuals and to ensure that their recommenders submit the form by the December 15 deadline. Applications cannot be considered until all documents have been received.
Please ask your recommenders to use our online
Only two Recommendation Forms per candidate will be accepted.
Aadditional Recommendation Forms may cause administrative delays in your application process.
The best recommendations are written by individuals who know you in your capacity as an investing professional, and as a human being.
One recommendation should be written by someone who can knowledgeably speak to your investing abilities.
- If you are the most senior partner at your firm, please submit a recommendation from a peer at another firm or from a board member.
- If you are not the most senior partner at your firm, please submit a recommendation from your Managing Director or direct supervisor.
The second recommendation should be from an entrepreneur with whom you have worked closely.
If you have questions about selecting recommenders, please contact Katlyn Mease (email@example.com).
Phase 3: Interviews
Each application is given careful consideration by the Admissions Committee. Candidates with strong applications will be invited to interview with Kauffman Fellows and Kauffman Fellows Team members during January and early February 2018. Candidates who apply after the original December 15 application deadline will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.
The written application only goes so far in portraying an accurate picture of who you are. There is much more we’d like to know about you—and you about us. What we desire in our interviews is a sincere two-way interaction that gives us a window into how your mind works and who you are as a human being. We want to hear about your goals, motivations, passions and strengths—and also those areas you are hoping to strengthen in the Program. We want to know how the experiences of your personal journey formed your character as a unique person.
We prefer to interview candidates in person, but given the geographic dispersion of our applicants, we often connect via Skype or other video conferencing app. You will be interviewed by two or three Fellows and by senior KF Team members. Interviews typically run 30 – 60 minutes.
Class 23 will be composed of approximately 50 Fellows. It isn’t possible to predict exactly how many candidates will accept an offer of admission. To help manage these uncertainties, we maintain a waitlist.
The waitlist is by invitation only. We offer a select group of qualified candidates the option of placing themselves on the list. This list is not ranked. If there are seats available, on or around May 1 we will review all candidates on the list and offer admission to the candidates whom we feel best complete the class. These candidates will then have 7 calendar days from the date of notification to accept admission and pay tuition.
Candidates admitted from the waitlist are still eligible for a scholarship. However, our scholarships are very limited, so it would be prudent to make alternative arrangements to pay full tuition. Candidates are under no obligation to accept a spot on the waitlist and can remove themselves at any time.