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"ELP is this magical program that doesn’t expect you to be anything other than the best version of yourself - the curriculum, the balance with personal connection, with fun, and with teaching us how to practice peer-coaching." - 2020 Fellow

About the ELP Virtual Fellowship: 

Due to safety considerations related to COVID-19, the 2021 portion of the fellowship will be offered virtually via the Zoom platform. ELP Virtual Retreats bring together our focus on intentional relationship building, emergent design, fun, and inclusive spaces into remote gatherings through a wide range of techniques. These include virtual breakout room sessions, collaborative whiteboards, interactive surveys, and simulations to create a unique and immersive virtual experience. We also work to integrate non or low screen time through activities like individual reflection, “Phone a Fellow” sessions, and movement energizers. ELP also creates intentional spaces both during and between the retreats for informal interactions to help foster authentic relationships and group cohesion, such as morning "coffee" conversations, lunch and break sessions, evening game nights and happy hours. Across the 3 retreats, Fellows will explore topics including: Working across difference (D.E.I.J) , Building and Maintaining Learning Organizations and Strengths Based Leadership.

2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications are due by 11:59 pm (PST) Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 (Extended Deadline)

ELIGIBILITY 

All Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Work or reside in California and Hawaii
  •  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.
2021 RETREAT DATES AND TIMES: 
 
Retreat 1 (Virtual): 
Thursday, October 14 
- One Week Break -
Thursday, October 21- Saturday, October 23
 
Retreat 2 (Virtual): 
Thursday, January 13 - Friday Jan 14
- One Week Break -
Saturday, January 22 - Sunday, January 23
 
Retreat 3 (In Person):
Thursday, March 24 - Sunday, March 27, 2022 

GUIDELINES

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)

INTERVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS OVERVIEW

All 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 30 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. 
EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their passion to respond to social and environmental challenges and leadership capacity (i.e willing and able to take “responsibility for helping people achieve shared purpose). 

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.

  • The nature of their work or area of expertise, including 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.

COST/SCHOLARSHIPS

The 2021 Pacific Regional Network participation fee is $2200*. A few needs-based scholarships will be 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 includes:

  • Participation in 12 days of training, community building, and peer coaching;
  • Training materials (digital and hard copy);
  • A 360 degree leadership assessment; and
  • Membership in ELP's network of over 1300 Senior Fellows  - a lifelong learning community of professional and personal development, collaboration, and impact.

*We are able to offer a subsidized rate from the $3,500 full program cost thanks to the support from our foundation partners and local donors.


On the fence about applying? Check out 7 Reasons to Apply for an ELP Fellowship.

Questions? Contact Juan Lazo, [email protected]