GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program

Deutsche Post DHL Group and GBSN partner to break down barriers to global trade.


Purpose Driven

In furtherance of our mission to improve management and entrepreneurial education, GBSN has partnered with one of its corporate members DPDHL to develop the GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program is designed to partner selected postgraduate business students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the developing world with the aim of fostering greater cross-border trade. This directly addresses our collective mission at GBSN –– to improve access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurial education for the developing world. GoTrade is education and access.

A Powerful Lever for Sustained Economic Growth

Working with governments and international organizations, we will help to remove red tape at the border and support small and medium sized businesses in developing and least developing countries to increase cross border trade. We leverage our core logistics competencies and tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience within the DPDHL Group to help countries implement best-in-class policies and procedures at the border and help local businesses to access the global market. Reduction of trade-related red tape and streamlined logistics performance accelerate the flow of goods and business growth, especially for SMEs, whose success is so critical to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Objectives

Value of Cross-Border Trade

The Fellowship Program teaches SMEs and Fellows about the value of cross-border trade and gives SMEs the tools to access the global marketplace. Helping SMEs in the world’s developing and least developed countries access global markets is a proven way to connect people and improve lives.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Creating meaningful experiential learning opportunities for top performing business students who will learn through collaboration with the SMEs how to operate in often ill-defined markets, with scarce resources, in less structured environments.

Pairing Students + SMEs

The Fellowship Program will pair graduate business students (MBA/MSc) with SMEs for 12 months. Each GoTrade GBSN Fellow will be assigned an SME to advise, consult, and collaborate with. The GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program will convene regular virtual sessions bringing all students together with speakers on relevant subject matter to aid their learning objectives, with the additional goal of fostering networking among peers.

Fellows will be supported by:

  • DPDHL mentors
  • Cohort of peers: the inaugural group will form the Alumni Network of GoTrade GBSN Fellows
  • Coaching and mentoring with SMEs
  • DPDHL Certified Program learning journey covering basics of international trade

Pilot Program Selection

  • 15 SMEs selected from Africa and South America
  • 15 Post-experience Graduate Students selected from participating GBSN member schools

Student Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students from across the globe who meet the following criteria are invited to apply.


  1. Enrolled at a participating GBSN member school at the start fellowship
  2. Commitment to complete 12 month fellowship program
  3. Fluency in either English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese
  4. Ability to commit to an estimated 12 to 15 hours per month
  5. Proven work experience
  6. Strong analytical skills
  7. Entrepreneurial and proactive mindset
  8. Pandemic dependent, ability to travel to home country of the SME for 1-2 weeks (expenses covered)

Fellowship Phases

Starting in January of 2022 the 12-month fellowship will move through various phases.

Analysis & Scope

  • Analysis of SME
  • Determine scope of relationship
  • Start formal learning journey
  • In-Residence Working

  • Motivate for international site visit
  • Travel to SME location
  • Consult local stakeholders
  • Virtual Working

  • Monthly seminars
  • Consult peers
  • Engage SMEs
  • Final Report

  • Back at home base
  • Continue consultations
  • Submit final report
  • Expression of Interest

    If you or your school is interested in participating in the GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program please submit an expression of interest below.