How to Apply

Make a plan. Take action.

Thank you for your interest in the Initiators Fellowship! 

Are you a good fit? Complete the required eligibility quiz before you apply.

The application for the 2022-2023 cohort will open on May 24 and close at 11:59 p.m. on June 15.

Applicants will be notified of their status by Sept. 17.

To help you with the online-only application, we’ve created a fillable Microsoft Word document that you can download and use to prepare your answers. Please note that this document is for your offline use only and will not qualify as a submitted application if emailed to us. Only by completing and submitting the online application, which will be published on this page, will an applicant be considered for this program.

The application process also calls for a current resume, letter of professional reference and a video of three minutes or less. The letter of reference should speak to your relevant qualities that align with the Fellowship goals. In your video, please express how the Fellowship would be transformative for you, your social enterprise venture and your community. A simple, no-frills video recorded on Zoom is preferred.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing some inspiring social enterprise ideas!

Webinars Recordings

If you’ve missed your opportunity to join our live webinar sessions, no worries: We’ve recorded them for your on-demand viewing. As new webinars occur, we’ll add links to the recorded webinars here:

July 10 Webinar: Program recap and Q&A session (37 minutes)

June 6 Webinar: The application process (101 minutes)

May 16 Webinar: Overview of the Initiators Fellowship program (48 minutes)

Who Should Apply?

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Download a fillable version of the online application to begin working on your answers. The final application will be accepted via an online form. 
 

You can contact Program Manager Chris Fastner to discuss whether your idea is in the ballpark of what we’re looking to support through the Initiators Fellowship program.

  • Thoroughly review this website so you clearly understand the program.
  • Take the eligibility quiz to ensure you are, in fact, eligible to apply.
  • Read our social enterprise explanation.
  • Make sure you understand and can meet the expectations by reviewing our program requirements.
  • Feel free to contact Chris Fastner, program manager, to discuss whether your idea is in the ballpark of what we’re looking to support through the Initiators Fellowship program.

The application period will open May 24, 2021. 

STEP 1:  Access the online application by entering the code you received upcoming successful completion of the eligibility quiz. Complete the application. 

STEP 2: Collect a letter of professional reference that speaks your relevant qualities that align with the Fellowship goals. Include your letter of reference with the online application. 

STEP 3: Update your resume and upload with the online application. 

STEP 4: Record a personal video of three minutes or less expressing how the Fellowship would be transformative for you, your social enterprise venture and your community. A simple, no-frills video recorded on Zoom is preferred.

Your application is complete when you’ve submitted the following application materials:

  • Online application form.
  • Letter of professional reference that speaks to your relevant qualities that align with the Fellowship goals. 
  • Current resume.
  • Short personal video in which you explain how being awarded a Fellowship would be transformative for you, your social enterprise venture and your community. A simple, no-frills video recorded on Zoom is preferred.
Remember that you can email Program Manager Chris Fastner with specific questions about completing any of the application materials. To be fair to all applicants through the remainder of the process, we cannot review your materials and provide feedback in advance of the screening process.

Application Materials

Prepare a current resume, secure one letter of reference, create a personal video no longer than three minutes and complete the following application materials. When your application materials are complete, submit!

Visit the Resources Page to Learn More

Browse our frequently asked questions, videos, fact sheets and important links to learn more about the Initiators Fellowship and the many ways in which you’ll learn, grow and make a difference through this program.