ELP Fellowships offer intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive retreats, our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. With the assistance of peer learning and staff support, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan.

But if you don't want to take our word for it, you can check out these testimonials from recent program participants...

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“Be prepared to dig down, get personal, and have your mind-blown in the most thought-provoking way!” -  2015 Fellow

In 2024, Regional is Broadening the network between the Chesapeake and Eastern Regional Programs. We are interested in weaving the network together, creating a tighter fabric between our programs. We are so excited to introduce the combination of these two programs as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Network or MARN. The joining of two of these regions reflects the blossoming of our collective potential to foster greater collaboration, innovation, and impact. 

Please note: When completing an application or nominating a candidate, please select Chesapeake Regional Network or Eastern Regional Network based on where the person lives and works. For the combined Mid-Atlantic regional cohort, Fellows will be integrated into broader regional community discussion groups based on their home geography.



  • Retreat 1:  June 20-23, 2024 at Pendle Hill,** Wallingford, PA 
  • Retreat 2:  August 16-17 & 23-24, 2024  (Virtual)
  • Retreat 3:  October 17-20, 2024 at Pendle Hill,** Wallingford, PA 

**ELP practices a culture of community care, recongizing that COVID-19 is continuing to have significant impact (especially for vulnerable communities) and that we also live with other easily communicable illnesses such as the flu and RSV. We work to reduce risk for our Fellows, staff, retreat center partners, and all of our communities. For this reason we do ask that our participants minimize their exposure in the days leading up to a retreat, and we make decisions around testing, masking, and other risk management practices based on current public health information and the needs within each specific cohort.


The actual cost of this program is approximately $3,500 per participant, including all expenses of in-person and virtual retreats. However, we are deeply aware that individual circumstances vary widely, and our goal is that cost not be a barrier to participation for anyone. Our team works to leverage organizational funds to accommodate a range of financial circumstances. Need-based scholarships and scholarships that prioritize BIPOC applicants are available and can be applied for in your application. Fellows may choose to pay their tuition in full at the time of being selected or through a payment schedule. To learn more about creative payment options click here.

This program includes:

  • Participation in 12 days of virtual/in-person hybrid training, community building, coaching, and peer coaching
  • Training materials (digital and hard copies)
  • “Welcome Box” filled with supplies, snacks, and other retreat essentials
  • A 360 degree leadership assessment
  • Membership in ELP's network of over 1400 Senior Fellows  --a lifelong learning community of professional and personal development, collaboration, and impact


Applications are due by 11:59 pm (EST) Monday, April 22, 2024. 


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We're glad you're thinking of applying to an ELP Fellowship and we've tried to make it as simple as possible for you. There are three pieces to the online application process that you can complete from the application page.

1. Fill out the short application survey. This should require only 2-3 minutes to complete.

2.  Your resume. Once you have completed the application survey, you will be emailed a personalized link where you can upload your resume. Please attach your resume as a PDF or Word doc.

3. Short essay answer. Along with your resume, you will be prompted to attach a short response to the following question: "What is the most significant leadership challenge that you are personally facing, either current or something that you see on the horizon?" (500 words maximum)


All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Work or reside in MD, VA, or Washington, DC (Chesapeake Regional Network geography); or NY, NJ, PA, DE (Eastern Regional Network geography)
  • Have at least three years of work experience or are enrolled in graduate-level academic studies related to environmental or social change issues, broadly defined; and
  • The ability to participate in all 3 retreats, complete all assignments in a timely manner, and the desire to remain an active member of the ELP Senior Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship.


In addition to the above, applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their:

  • Passion to respond to social and environmental challenges;
  • Leadership capacity (i.e have been willing and able to take “responsibility for helping people achieve shared purpose”);
  • The nature of their work or area of expertise. Attention will be given to the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application and in the interview;
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others; willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits;
  • Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields; commitment to working with diverse constituencies;
  • Awareness of the interdependence of environmental and social problems; ability to convey a coherent vision for environmental progress and interest in how their work fits in with the big picture; and their
  • Ability to clearly articulate how participating in this leadership program will further their personal and professional development.

Particular attention will be given to the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application.


  • Applications are reviewed by a selection team of ELP Senior Fellows (alumni of ELP fellowships) and staff.
  • Interviews: a subset of applicants are interviewed in the 10 days following the application deadline. Interviews are conducted over the phone and are approximately 25 minutes long. Interviews are also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions about the program and the Senior Fellow community.
  • Selection process:  Our selection teams review the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume. We also focus on the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative question in the application and the phone interview. We aim to select the best cohort for each program - which means giving attention to the diversity and balance of the class - in terms of work (sector, issue), identities (gender, ethnicity, etc.) and personalities.
  • Notification: Following the selection of the class (usually 2 weeks following the application deadline), applicants are notified of their status via a phone call and/or email. An applicant is either invited into the program (in which case they are expected to confirm within 48 hours), wait-listed, or invited to apply for another program.

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For more information about the Chesapeake Regional Fellowship, contact CorePrograms@elpnet.org.