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Corporate Fellowship Programme (CFP)       

What is it ?

The CFP is a 2-3 months field experience supported and hosted by corporate partners and, since 2009, by NGOs involved in micro-finance activities. The CFP is carried out by students in their first year of Master in Management Sciences. It aims at helping those students willing to conduct original research in SHD with the opportunity to work in a developing country.

Through this initiative, students can raise their awareness about the socio-economic and political challenges faced by those countries and think of their possible contribution as future business leaders or managers in non-profit institutions. Corporate partners and NGOs in turn take advantage of this collaboration by getting concrete input into their development activities.

  • Partners
  • Selection procedure


The Philippson Chair has established strategic partnerships with selected companies economically active in developing countries. Provided with extra skilled human resources, corporate partners gain a competitive advantage by sponsoring students’ research. They have the opportunity to enhance their brand image and visibility, and to obtain concrete advice with solutions to their management and/or strategy challenges. Furthermore, the CFP represents an interesting opportunity in their future recruitments.

Corporate partners provide students with the structure and logistics to get access to ad hoc information on the company and the research topic. They support the fellowship financially by covering travelling and housing fees as well as per diem allowance.


Corporate Partners are committed in corporate responsibility practices and take a long term approach to strategic decision-making that recognizes the interest of the community in which they operate. These companies believe in an environmentally friendly production and/or responsible management and are highly concerned about their social responsibilities, which they translate into concrete actions. These social activities provide in turn security for the company’s investments.

Corporate Partners know that integrating a socially responsible scheme is a win-win strategy. Actually, it encompasses the deployment of a corporation’s assets and competences in ways that enhance both the welfare of stakeholders and shareholders. The result of this strategy is an investment by the company with logic of innovation and measurable social outputs of the activities developed in the host-country.

Current Corporate Partners

  • DURABILIS, a private foundation which has focused its activities on agricultural trade and drinkable water supply in Africa and Latin America;
  • FINASUCRE, a multinational group in the sugar industry, present in various countries around the world;
  • MILLICOM, a provider in prepaid cellular telephony services in Africa, Latin America and Asia;
  • SIAT S.A., a Belgian Agro industrial company with offices in various African countries.


Eligibility and selection of students

Step 1: Applications must be introduced by students in their 1st year of Master (A cover letter and a CV must be sent to philippson-chair [at] solvay [dot] edu).

Step 2: Applications are pre-screened internally and a first selection is made through first-round interviews.

  • Candidates are considered and analysed on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Commitment to development issues;
  • Evidence of good academic results;
  • Adequacy between the student vision of development and the general principles supported by the corporate partner and the Chair;
  • Proficiency in English or French (the working languages of the Chair), the language of the internship’s host-country, and the working language of the host-company. These will often coincide.

Step 3: Pre-screened candidates are then matched with, and presented to the corporate partners. The final decision lies in the hand of the corporate partner.

Step 4: Awarded students define and agree on their research topics in accordance with the corporate partner’s needs and vision, the holder of the Chair and their own interests.

Step 5: Departure in July and August.