Frontier Market Scouts

FMS Certificate Training

The 2-week professional certificate training is designed and delivered by experienced professionals in the social and commercial venture investment industries. They understand the mission of the Frontier Market Scouts Program and what it takes to make a great Frontier Market Scout.

The Launchpad to a Purpose-Driven Career

The award-winning FMS program provides intensive two-week certificate trainings that prepare participants for careers in impact investing and social venture management. The training curriculum combines lectures, co-creative projects, and experiential learning facilitated by leading social entrepreneurs and investors. After the training, participants have the opportunity to become candidates for a competitive two- to 12-month fellowship in global hotspots for social enterprise. The field placement fellowship option is a key part of a self-sustaining ecosystem for social enterprise development and investment, designed to enable entrepreneurs in the “missing middle,” those ventures that are too large to receive microfinance funds, and those that are too small to attract traditional venture funding.

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Tuition and Fees 

General: $4,000 USD

MIIS and Middlebury Students: $1,000 USD

Full and partial merit scholarship rates for the training are available.

Participants may choose to apply for the training program or both the training and field programs. Participants will receive a professional certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing upon successful completion of either chosen program. Successfully completion of the training is required to become a fellowship candidate. However, there is no additional cost to enroll in the competitive fellowship program.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon acceptance of your application.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid (for MIIS students) and merit-based scholarships are available. Qualified applicants may request consideration for scholarship when completing the FMS general application form. Recipients will receive notification of the amount awarded on their acceptance letters. 

Matriculating graduate students at the Institute may also be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of loans to cover program tuition and living and travel expenses. Merit scholarships for students at the Institute may be applied depending on eligibility. If you are a the Institute student or a participant taking the program for credit, please contact the The Institute Office of Student Financial Planning to learn more about your individual options at (831) 647-4119.