Insaan-Amherst Fellowship Program


The Insaan-Amherst Fellowship Program, created as a partnership between Insaan and Amherst College’s Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, is designed to provide one Amherst student each summer with an enriching global experience that will deepen or awaken their intellectual and moral consciousness about the plight of the poor and expose them to the various models emerging to tackle, innovate and ultimately find solutions to poverty.

As an Insaan-Amherst Fellow, an Amherst student will be selected to spend 8 weeks during the summer working for one of the social enterprises supported by Insaan in a developing country in East Africa, South Asia, or the Middle East at one of the social enterprises supported by Insaan. The selected fellow will receive a $4,500 stipend from the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning along with assistance from Insaan on settling in the host country, including  housing and local transportation.


The Insaan-Amherst Fellowship Program is included in the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Students must enroll in the Houston Program first before submitting an application for the fellowship program. For information about enrolling, please visit the Houston Program webpage or email

The fellowship’s term will run approximately from June to July 2022.  In addition to successfully completing the internship, an Insaan-Amherst Fellow must:

  • Attend a pre-departure session prior to leaving campus for the summer and completing an orientation 
  • Participate in summer reflection activities facilitated by the Loeb Center

  • Share the details of their experience with the larger Amherst community upon returning to campus

Only current Amherst College students who will not be graduating in May 2022 may apply.


Please check back later for application information for Summer 2022.


When selecting candidates, preference will be given to students with no prior experience working in the above regions. Candidates must demonstrate that they are well-prepared to take full advantage of the opportunity.


Insaan envisions a more equitable world where the poor and the marginalized are given a chance to lift themselves out of poverty and realize their full potential. Insaan’s mission is to engage in high-impact or catalytic philanthropy that changes the lives of many, for better, for good. To achieve this, Insaan invests in innovative social enterprises in the Indian Ocean region that create opportunities for the poor through education and entrepreneurship.

Visit to learn more about its work and the social ventures it supports.  

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