National Fellowship

ELP's National Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive virtual sessions, 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 professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan.

ELP is thrilled to announce that our 2020 National Fellowship Program will be fully virtual!  2020 has certainly been a year of learnings and adaptations through the global COVID-19 pandemic, which we responded to by shifting our Regional Programs to a virtual retreat platform. Through these learnings and encouraging feedback, ELP is committed to offering our virtual Fellowship experience at a national scope. This engaging and transformative program will offer environmental and social change leaders from a variety of sectors and identities to convene virtually as a cohort over the course of several months. 

ELP’s National Fellowship has been a cornerstone of our Core Fellowships for many years, and it is a truly exciting evolution to be able to offer a virtual space to engage and cultivate the skills of such inspiring individuals. We invite you to apply to this inaugural virtual opportunity to learn, collaborate, and activate!

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Applications are due by 11:59 pm (EST) Monday, September, 2020.

SESSION DATES:  

The virtual sessions will begin in early December 2020 and run through Spring 2021. To accommodate multiple time zones in the United States, all meetings will be held between the hours of 12-5pm EST/9-2pm PST.  The Fellowship will involve virtual participation using a Zoom platform and breakout rooms, as well as pre and interim retreat assignments and interspersed with recurring virtual opportunities.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Wednesday-Friday, Dec 9-11, 2020

Friday, January 8, 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tuesday April 6, 2021

Thursday-Saturday, June 10-12, 2021 

COST: 

The National Fellowship participation fee is $2,200. This includes:

  • 13 sessions of virtual training and community building
  • Curriculum including topics of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Strength Based Leadership, Happiness, Network Weaving, and Building/Maintaining Learning Organizations and High Functioning Teams
  • All related materials and supplies;
  • 4 hours of professional 1:1 coaching;
  • Access to our network of over 1,300 Senior Fellows; and 
  • Membership to ELP's lifelong learning community.

ELIGIBILITY

All Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Work or reside in the United States;
  • Have a minimum of three years work experience or are enrolled in graduate-level academic studies;
  • Have demonstrated leadership capacity; and can
  • Articulate how their work fits connect to social and environmental change.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

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.

GUIDELINES

To apply for the National Fellowship Program, applicants must:

1. Complete an Application (a very short online questionnaire including contact information and demographics)
2. Follow the instructions to submit a resume and the following essay. 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

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.