Become a
Kauffman Fellow

Join a network of ambitious investors dedicated to changing VC as we know it.

Application Details
Two-Year Program

Learning & Connection

Lifelong Global Network

We recruit
directly in line
with our mission

We’re contributing to a greater venture capital industry by investing in diverse leaders who operate with diligence, self-awareness, and purpose. While investment records and professional profiles play a role, our selection process is based in our belief that the future is human. We seek Fellows looking to accelerate their growth so they can maximize their impact on the world.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online application form (takes about one hour to complete), which includes providing at least two individuals as references. Submit your application along with a $250 non-refundable application fee.

Step 2

Our recruitment process looks at you holistically, not just what we find on paper. Candidates with strong written applications will be invited for a series of interviews with our Fellows, conducted via video chat.

Step 3

At the conclusion of the interview process, candidates for the new Fellows class will be selected by our Admissions Committee. If selected, you will be informed of next steps to preparing for the program.

Applications for Class 29 Open

Early Fall 2023


Early Submission Deadline

November 2023


Final Submission Deadline

January 2023


Candidates Are Notified

April 2024


Class 29 Kicks Off

June 2024


International Summit

September 2024


Module Two

February 2025


During your two years, we expect that you will devote ~30-40 days to the Kauffman Fellows Program for in-person four-day modules, virtual sessions, monthly two-hour forum calls, and four-day annual summits. We recognize that this time away from work and family obligations can be challenging. That said, Fellows are required to attend all modules and summits in order to graduate. We aim to send all dates at least a year in advance so you can adequately plan.

Tuition & Fees

Program tuition is $80,000, due before the first module. This amount covers venues, food and beverage at modules and summits, educational materials, academic mentoring, and professional development. It does not include transportation and lodging for events.

Tuition payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable, and payment can be made by electronic bank transfer or check. Credit cards are not accepted. Upon acceptance to the program, detailed payment information will be provided.

Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date, or upon receipt of the invoice if admission is within 60 days of the start of the Program. We recognize that the program is a significant financial commitment and Fellows generally meet the financial obligation with a combination of firm support and personal funds.

We offer limited needs-based scholarships that cover a portion of program tuition.