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LedBy Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions



Q1. What is the Corporate Leaders Fellowship?

For Indian Muslim women with 12 - 36 months of full-time, paid work experience, we have the LedBy Corporate Leaders  Fellowship; our flagship program is a 5-month intensive leadership and professional development program, free of cost, for high-potential Indian Muslim women. We select 30 women with the aptitude, aspiration, and ambition through a rigorous selection process and provide them with avenues, agency, and access. The program's components include workshops, executive coaching, one-on-one mentorship, and speaker sessions. 


Q2. Is it a paid program?

No, this program is fully funded.


Q3. Do the Fellows receive any stipend?

No stipend is paid to the Fellows for the program. 


Q4. Are candidates from a specific academic background or industry preferred?

Our Fellows represent diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 


Q5. What is the time commitment required to do the coursework?

Our Fellows dedicate around ~8 hours per week towards the program. This includes attending the workshops and completing pre and post-workshop assignments. 


Q6. What is the duration of the program?

The Fellowship runs for 5 months, with classes held weekly, along with pre and post-course work. Typically, the Fellowship starts in May and concludes by October or November.


Q7. What is the brief layout of the program?

The course structure and components details can be found on our website or by clicking here.


Q8. How many Fellows are selected each year?

This year we will be selecting 30 Fellows.



Q1. Who can apply to the Accelerator program?

​If you identify as an Indian Muslim woman and are between 18-30 years as of 1st Jan 2023, then you are eligible for the program. The program will be even more beneficial if you want to hone your professional skills and create a network of experts to guide you as mentors. If this sounds like you, apply now and share it with your friends who you think will benefit from it. (Note: We are not very strict with the 30 years age criteria, but it is worth noting that the LedBy Accelerator program is best suited for early to mid-career professionals only).


Q2. What is "cohort-based" learning?

The selected candidates will be grouped based on certain traits and characteristics to ensure the success of individual volunteers and their groups. Research suggests that cohort-based learning is the most effective form of learning, and we believe in this method too. Our programs are designed to help you achieve your goals with mutual growth for you and your group.


Q3. How many participants will there be in a cohort?

A cohort will have a total of 150 participants.


Q4. Can I choose to be in a certain cohort as I have a friend applying too?

There will be only one cohort with 150 participants.


Q5. Is the curriculum the same for all cohorts?

Yes, there will be only one cohort with 150 participants, and the curriculum and the learning outcomes will be the same for all.


Q6. Is the program free?

Yes, the program is fully funded.

Q7. How much time do I need to dedicate to the program?

For the Accelerator program, there will be two classes held every month for 6 months, with each class being no more than 1.5 hours long. In addition, there will be allocated pre and post-work and 1:1 sessions, which must be completed. A participant will require between 6-8 hours of work per month to make the most of the program.

Q8. What can I expect after the program?

You will learn and achieve a lot in this 6-month-long program. Firstly, you will develop a sense of confidence and professional skills. Along with this, a fantastic network of peers, advisors, and mentors. This will play a significant role in your career. It also has certain tangible outputs, like adding to your resume and LinkedIn profile. The experience will reflect in your interviews and professional communications, irrespective of your job or field. Finally, if you want to start your own enterprise or study further, you will have access to our resources and guidance at every step. 


Q9. Wouldn't I be able to learn professional skills off the internet or through books?

Absolutely. But what sets us apart is that we contextualize the learning process, case studies, and every single session for an Indian Muslim woman. This is not readily available online but is offered by our team dedicated to the professional development of Indian Muslim women. 

Q10. Why do we need 100% attendance?

The Accelerator program has been designed to suit all ages. We understand that you may have multiple commitments; therefore, classes will be scheduled at convenient times on weekdays and weekends. The modules are concise and relevant, designed to accelerate your career. We encourage 100% attendance so that you can gain from each one of the unique sessions. 

Q11. Why is the LedBy Accelerator program 6 months long?

The Accelerator program is for college-going and working people with limited time. We have asked for a pragmatic amount of time from our participants. Just two sessions a month for 6 months. This also helps the participant absorb and reflect upon the material between sessions. (There is pre-work and 1:1 engagement between sessions).

Q12. Will I be able to apply for international universities and/or get scholarships?

The program intends to ensure that Indian Muslim women contribute to the workforce in the country. Providing access to foreign universities and scholarship opportunities is not our primary goal, but on occasion, we do have workshops and webinars conducted on this topic.

Q13. What do I get upon graduating from the programs?

You will receive a Diploma after successful completion. You get access to workshops on professional and leadership development. You can interact with a network of peers from your cohort who are talented, intelligent Muslim women from all walks of life. Finally, you get mentored by the team and by industry professionals with more than 10+ years of experience. These professionals guide you in your career and help you succeed.

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