Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that brings innovative and sustainable solutions to the fight against poverty and hunger. Together with local partners, we equip families, women, and smallholder farmers with resources and services that expand financial inclusion, strengthen resilience, enhance health and improve livelihoods.

Our approach combines the power of partnerships, digital technology, and self-help solutions. To achieve lasting change, we collaborate with local partners: companies, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and others that share a common interest in developing, delivering and sustaining innovative solutions to poverty and hunger. We strive to harness the unprecedented opportunities offered by technology, especially digital technology, to accelerate progress across our programs.

Bankers without Borders, Grameen Foundation’s volunteer initiative, has created a proven and effective pipeline for matching organizational needs with the right volunteers – those that have the appropriate skills and qualifications to add value to the organization – and preparing both the volunteers and organizations to work together with limited resources in a targeted, meaningful way. In this way, Bankers without Borders is helping accelerate the work of the pro-poor social enterprises it works with – including Grameen Foundation – while also fostering the engagement of civil society in global poverty alleviation.

The Grameen Foundation Fellowship leverages the Bankers without Borders model to provide unique placement opportunities for talented professionals with two to three or more years of experience seeking in-depth, hands-on experience in the social sector. All fellows receive a modest monthly stipend and orientation training.


The Institutional Relations team provides leadership and support to Grameen Foundation staff globally to secure funding from institutions for our work in financial inclusion, agriculture, health, nutrition, resilience and women’s economic empowerment.  The team has members based in India, East Africa, Europe, and the United States.  The team is responsible for cultivating relationships with funders and partners and identifying funding opportunities; developing conceptual frameworks for programs (working closely with technical directors) to produce maximum impact on the poor, especially women and ensuring that gender and sustainability considerations are included in program design; initiating due diligence actions and preparing budgets (working closely with budget analysts); and writing and submitting proposals.

About the Fellowship
A modest monthly stipend is offered to the selected Fellow. The stipend covers only those costs associated and incurred during the duration of the Fellows’ assignment (e.g. housing, food, and transportation). Stipend amounts are determined by location of each placement to ensure Fellows can maintain a safe, but modest, standard of living, as well as the amount of time the fellow can devote to this assignment. Stipend amounts are subject to local taxes and are not negotiable. In addition to the monthly stipend, Fellows will receive reimbursement of up to US $1,000 total to cover the costs of health insurance coverage and vaccines. Fellows will not receive a relocation reimbursement, and telecommuting from a home office is acceptable


The fellow will need to be able to commit a minimum of 3 hours per day, with some days greater than that, for a total minimum of 20 hours per week and 80 hours per month on this assignment.  An ability to commit to 120 hours per month would be preferred.  Assigned duties will include

  • Daily prospecting of all major bid distribution websites, and preparation of distribution notices for any that match our search criteria
  • Weekly prospecting of funder forecasts, peer job ads, etc. and dissemination of findings
  • Creation, updating and analysis and reporting of Salesforce entries for IR opportunities
  • Facilitation of institutional development knowledge management, including organization of IR’s MyGrameen (intranet), web documents.
  • Creation and updating of resource materials for proposal development
  • Proposal editing, and drafting of assigned sections such as institutional capacity
  • Research assignments related to donor and partner areas of expertise, strategic directions, results frameworks, reporting and evaluations

Volunteer Role

The Institutional Relations (IR) Fellowship is perfect for individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the field of international development, in particular as it relates to program design and resource mobilization. The IR Fellow will be an integral part of the Institutional Relations team and will be responsible for efforts to attract new institutional funding to support the many programs of Grameen Foundation.