COVID-19 update: Please note that currently the application process takes place as scheduled and we accept applications until April 12. We are in close contact with our portfolio organizations and will keep you informed about any changes in vacancies or timelines, which may occur given the COVID-19 circumstances.

About the Fellowship

As part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s and LGT Lightstone’s strategic efforts to scale positive impact, the LGT Impact Fellowship was established in 2009 to provide additional know-how and capacity to its portfolio organizations. Each year a limited number of professionals are nominated to work full-time for one year with impactful organizations supported by LGT Venture Philanthropy and LGT Lightstone in Latin America, Africa, India and Europe.

What will you do?

Fellows take on distinct roles and responsibilities that leverage their expertise and serve the needs of the partner organization. They typically provide professional capacity building service to increase the organisations’ ability to grow their operations and scale their positive impact.

As a fellow, you will support the portfolio organization in the following ways:

  • Improving, establishing or implementing systems, processes, and tools that are transferable to permanent staff
  • Implementing best-practices from the private sector
  • Training and coaching local teams

Meet our Fellows

Career Development

The LGT Impact Fellowship has proven to be an excellent stepping stone for professionals with the desire to transition to or advance a career in the social entrepreneurship or impact investing sector (learn more about previous Fellows’ impact careers here). It offers the opportunity for exceptional development of personal and professional skills by exposing participants to complex and unknown environments at portfolio organizations of LGT Venture Philanthropy and LGT Lightstone across the globe.

Required education and professional experience

  • Undergraduate degree (MBA or other Masters degree in a relevant field preferred)
  • At least two years of full-time work experience after university (internships during studies excluded)

Additional qualities we look for

  • Flexibility, open-mindedness and the ability to deal with ambiguity, unforeseeable events and changing environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as strong research and analytical skills
  • Self-starter, willing to work independently with limited supervision and take responsibility for own actions
  • Strong commitment to making a difference and willingness to make financial concessions
  • Good understanding of challenges and trends in low-to-middle income countries
  • Willingness to work in and engage with local cultures with a positive attitude and cultural sensitivity


Fellows placed




of Alumni recommend the program


of alumni pursue an impact career

Read about Fellows’ impact journeys:

Jonna Bickel (LGT Impact Fellow 2016, Philippines)

Providing smallholder farmers integrated access to finance via agri-finance company, Kennemer Foods International

Laurie Barenblat (LGT Impact Fellow 2016, Brazil)

Enabling data-driven innovation and improving affordable healthcare outcomes with dr.consulta

Gayatri Suri (LGT Impact Fellow 2018, India)

A journey from investment banker to venture philanthropist at LGT

What LGT Impact Fellowship roles are open this year?

You can check out all the open Fellowship roles which LGT Venture Philanthropy’s and LGT Lightstone’s portfolio organizations are seeking talent for. The list of roles is dynamic so keep an eye for updates throughout March-April 2020. 

You may indicate a preference for one of the specific roles in your application, or you may submit a general application if you are interested in participating in the Fellowship program, if none of the published positions suit you. We will try our best to match you with any additional opportunities that may arise in the coming weeks.

Please find the open Fellowship roles here.

Learn more about the LGT Impact Fellowship (formerly ICats Program)

What to expect

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