Apply to Become a Fellow

Our application deadline has passed.  We’ll begin recruiting again in the fall.

You can read more about the program and its benefits here, or sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about recruiting.

Use the button below to apply.  Every applicant must complete an online application that includes the following:

  • A ranking of the three to four placements that interest you the most
  • Two Short Response Questions (1-2 paragraphs each): 1) What draws you to the work of Philadelphia’s non-profit sector? Why do you feel Philly Fellows is the best avenue to this work for you? 2) Fellows will be living together in houses with 3-6 other fellows. Please explain why community living appeals to you and why you feel you would thrive in this setting.  Include any potential challenges you foresee.
  • A Personal Essay (750 words, or about two pages double-spaced) The topic is open-ended, but please make it relevant to Philly Fellows in some way.  This helps us become more acquainted with you as a person and demonstrates how you organize your thoughts and express yourself. Keep in mind that we’re looking for an essay, not a cover letter or a narrative form of your résumé.
  • A résumé including employment history, academic background, and relevant activities (uploaded .pdf)

In addition, applicants must submit the following supplementary materials to Philly Fellows:

  • Two letters of recommendation (instructions for recommenders can be found here)
  • An official transcript from your college. This should be mailed to: Philly Fellows; 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Questions? Read our FAQ.

Application Timeline

November 2016: Philly Fellows holds information sessions at Philadelphia-area colleges

January 2017:
Application forms available online and full job descriptions for host agencies posted in first week of January

Late January 2017: Philly Fellows holds second round of information sessions

February 5, 2017:  Applications due to Philly Fellows by 11:59 p.m.

Late February, 2017:  Selected applicants invited to interview

Mid-March, 2017: 2017-2018 Philly Fellows are selected

March-early April, 2017: Fellows interview at 3-4 host agencies of their choice to determine the best match.

April 2017: Fellows receive final placements

Late July 2017 – July 2018:  Fellowship year

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