The Lend for America Fellowship is an incubator for students to launch new Campus MFIs. It is an immersive experience customized for selected fellows to build skills in community finance. Selected fellows receive a $2,500 stipend, paid travel, and a full-time position with a microfinance organization in North Carolina, New Jersey, or Rhode Island.


What Fellows Do

1) Fellowship Kick Off

The Fellowship starts with a three day classroom based crash course in U.S. microfinance. This intro training equips fellows with basic skills needed to be successful during summer internships.

2) Microfinance Immersion

After the kickoff, fellows spend 8 weeks learning from hard working Americans and microfinance practitioners about the opportunities for microfinance to transform communities. Fellows review loan applications, open savings accounts, and coach clients. All travel expenses are paid and fellows receive a $2,500 stipend.

3) Launch a Campus MFI

After the summer, fellows return to campus with new skills and confidence to launch microfinance initiatives. Lend for America offers year-round support to help new Campus MFIs get off the ground.

Microfinance Immersion Locations

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“Microsavings and homelessness: A relationship based approach to financial services”

Est. 2009, University of North Carolina

The Community Empowerment Fund offers comprehensive workforce development services, opportunity classes, and safe savings accounts for individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. This year, CEF helped 247 clients save $55,000 and open 205 bank accounts.


Providence, Rhode Island

“Consumer lending and financial capability”

Est. 2009, Brown University

The Capital Good Fund (CGF) is a financial empowerment organization that provides high-quality, innovative and transformational financial services to underserved families. CGF offers small loans, Financial Coaching and free tax preparation to those in need. In 2013 alone, CGF distributed 74 loans and prepared 709 tax returns.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey

“Growing strong businesses, making loans and technical assistance”

Est. 2008, Rutgers University

The Intersect Fund is a non-profit microlender and certified CDFI that provides business training, coaching and microloans to low-income, minority and women-owned businesses throughout New Jersey. To date, the organization has served over 450 clients, disbursing over $1 million in micro-loans since its inception.

Application and Selection

Apply Now using our online form.


Are you currently enrolled at US based university? Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Are you able to commit to program dates from Jun 20-Aug 15?


Round 1: We want to get to know you. Submit your application using the form to the left by March 30.

Round 2: Show us you're the person we're looking for by completing the Lend for America Challenge.

Round 3: Meet the team through video interviews.

Important Dates

Applications are accepted until March 30

Selection process will be conducted on a rolling basis until May 15

Fellow Alumni

This was a milestone for me. I feel empowered to start change now wherever I am, despite being a 19 year old college student.
— Haley Burns, Tulane University, LFA Fellow 2012