The EHF application process is designed to get to know you as a global changemaker, learn about your work, and assess your potential to create positive impact as part of EHF. We accept applications from all over the world, including from New Zealand citizens and residents. Entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers at all stages of their careers working on positive global impact solutions are eligible to apply.
The EHF application form takes as little as 30 minutes to complete, with an optional 3-minute video submission (highly recommended). Your application can be saved at any time before submitting.
If your primary focus is to build a new venture or scale an existing venture in New Zealand, please apply as an entrepreneur or a team. Co-founders of a venture can apply together as a team. In this case please apply under one single application with a primary applicant, and list details for all other co-founders. We are open to all business models and organisational legal structures.
If your primary focus is investing in and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs and their ventures in New Zealand, please apply as an investor.
Successful international applicants are eligible for the Global Impact Visa to New Zealand, the first visa programme in the world to be focused on impact.
Admission to Edmund Hillary Fellowship is through a competitive application process. There are several stages in the evaluation process, with a short-listing process at each step. The final decision on who is accepted into EHF is made by an independent selection panel.
We recognise that your potential to create positive impact cannot always be measured by purely standardised metrics. The EHF team and external selection panel assess candidates against a set of both qualitative and quantitative criteria covering entrepreneurial capabilities, track record of executing on ideas, values alignment, exhibited potential to create positive local and global impact, investment record (if applicable), and connection to New Zealand.
Our selection criteria focus on identifying individuals and teams who align with our values, and who:
New Zealand’s Global Impact Visa (GIVs) is exclusively available to individuals and teams who are accepted into EHF. The Global Impact Visa is a flexible three-year open work visa, which provides you with the ability to build your venture without restrictions and without minimum days spent in New Zealand each year. Eligibility criteria for GIVs are set by Immigration New Zealand, and are separate from EHF programme selection criteria.
The benefits of GIVs include:
To be eligible for GIVs, you must meet the following minimum requirements set by Immigration New Zealand:
Read more about Immigration New Zealand’s requirements here. Please note that GIVs application fees are separate from EHF fees, and vary depending on your country of citizenship. Find out about GIVs fees here.
* To apply for GIVs, you need to provide a police certificate background check from your countries of citizenship, and each country in which you, and any family member has lived in for five years or more (whether on one visit or intermittently) since the age of 17. Please note police certificate background checks can take 4-6 months in some countries, so it can be worth applying early for these. Details on each country’s specific police certificate requirements are here.
Application fees are charged at two stages of the process: A portion of the application fee is payable upfront at the time of application, and successful candidates pay the remaining balance of the fee if they are accepted into EHF. The second fee at time of acceptance is waived for applicants who are already New Zealand permanent residents or citizens. Additionally, there is an early bird discount for all applications made by 10 February 2019.
Cohort 5 application fees for EHF are outlined in the schedule below.
EHF is open to individuals all over the world, and we strive to make the opportunity as accessible as possible. We have a limited number of scholarships to subsidise the application fee for international entrepreneur applicants who qualify. Scholarship decisions are made based purely on financial need. Applications for scholarships close on 1 February 2019. You can apply here. Please note: scholarships are not available for kiwis and investors.
– Sonya Renee Taylor, EHF Fellow, The Body is Not An Apology