Philly Fellows Mission

To create opportunities for employment and community involvement in Philadelphia for recent graduates of local colleges and universities and strengthen the city’s cultural, educational and social service agencies with talented, motivated employees.

About the Program

Philly Fellows offers year-long fellowships that connect top college graduates to dynamic non-profit opportunities while developing their leadership and professional skills and engaging them in the city’s vibrant communities.

The program was founded in 2004 by former college roommates Matt Joyce and Tim Ifill. The first cohort of fifteen fellows began their year of service to Philadelphia in the summer of 2006, and we’re currently on our eleventh year of the fellowships. Since the program began, over 150 talented young people have devoted their first year out of college to strengthening Philadelphia’s communities.

Philly Fellows offers top grads the opportunity to choose between a diverse variety of positions with Philadelphia’s cultural, educational and social services agencies.

Philly Fellows provides participants with housing together with other fellows in one of Philadelphia’s vibrant communities and helps facilitate the fellows’ involvement in the community and the city by sponsoring their participation in events, activities, and service projects.

  • Each Philly Fellow is a member of the AmeriCorps VISTA program and receives a living stipend and education award, health insurance, transportation, furnishings, and a variety of opportunities to experience Philadelphia’s exciting culture.
  • Along with their full-time positions, the fellows dedicate a portion of every month to participating in leadership and professional development training and help to engage more students and young people in the Philadelphia community.
  • Philly Fellows engages top-graduates and future leaders in the Philadelphia community, strengthens the city’s non-profit agencies with educated, motivated employees, and promotes Philadelphia’s vibrant communities and bountiful opportunities to the thousands of students who attend Philadelphia area colleges and universities.