Non-Profit Fellowships, Incubators, Competitions – Like a Booster Pack for Starting a Non-Profit


Looking for list of non-profit fellowships to help you start a non-profit? You’ve come to the right place.

I was surprised to find there was no central list of non-profit fellowships and incubators available. So I decided to create my own list.

But I need your help! If you know of a non-profit fellowship, non-profit incubator, or other competition not on my list, please include a comment. I’ll periodically add them to the official list.

Echoing Green Non-Profit Fellowship

Echoing Green supports emerging entrepreneurs who deliver bold, high-impact solutions to social problems.

Term of fellowship: Two years

Financial support: $90,000 spread over two years

Other support: Hands-on technical support

Application cycle: Every fall

Eligibility: Open to non-profit and for-profit social ventures from all over the world

Number of Fellows: Approximately 20 per year

Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Non-Profit Fellowship

The Mind Trust is a unique incubator that offers promising education entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and launch their break-the-mold education ventures.

Term of fellowship: Two years

Financial support: $90,000 per year

Other support: Full benefits, professional development resources, office space, customized training

Application cycle: Late spring-early summer

Eligibility: New US-based nonprofit organizations working on education

Blue Ridge Foundation New York

Blue Ridge Foundation New York supports starting non-profit organizations in New York City by coupling seed funding with significant in-kind support.

Term of incubation: Between 3 to 6 years

Funding: Amounts ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 annually

Other support: Hands-on consulting and support through individual coaching as well as group sessions, full back-office support including professional office space, technology, graphic design and financial management services

Application cycle: Accepted all year round on a rolling basis

Eligibility: Startup nonprofits based in New York City

Draper Richards Non-Profit Fellowship

The Draper Richards Foundation supports selected emerging social entrepreneurs with startup funding and support. Draper Richards plays an active and engaged role in its portfolio organizations, often by taking an active role as a board member.

Term of fellowship: Three years

Financial support: $100,000 per year

Other support: Hands-on strategic planning support

Application cycle: Accepted all year round on a rolling basis

Eligibility: New US-based nonprofits only (less than 3 years in existence)

Number of Fellows: Six per year

Ashoka Innovators for the Public

Ashoka selects social entrepreneurs at the launch stage from all over the world and inducts them into a life-long Fellowship program.

Term of award: Three years (for financial stipend – fellowship is life-long)

Financial support: Living stipend to cover all expenses (customized for each Fellow)

Other support: Global network of social entrepreneurs, some technical support

Application cycle: Accepted all year round on a rolling basis

Eligibility: New non-profit social ventures from all over the world

Shuttleworth Foundation

The Shuttleworth Foundation provides a year-long fellowship to free up salary and other concerns for the founder to focus on changing the world. If it sounds general, that’s because it is. Check out the wide range of fellows and projects they are working on.

Term of award: 1 year, with the possibility of renewal, based on reapplication.

Financial support: The equivalent of a year’s salary, a contribution towards expenses plus access to a travel allowance.

Other support: Fellow will have access to potential project funding from the Foundation, who will match the Fellow’s personal investment in projects by at least ten fold. The total grant amount will be based on the Fellow’s qualifications, experience and comparable cost of time for their skill level.

Application cycle: Applications for the 1 September fellowship intake closes 1 May. Applications for the 1 March fellowship intake closes 1 November. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Eligibility: Anyone who has an innovative idea for social change through fresh thinking that adds value in the areas of knowledge, learning and technology.

Public Allies Eagle Rock

Public Allies at Eagle Rock provides opportunities to people who are passionate about education and developing programs for the youth.

Term of fellowship: 1 year fellowship program for qualified individuals

Financial support: Tuition Free Education for High School

Other support: Provides training to enhance skills that will make them effective teachers, leadership trainers, and youth workers

Application cycle: August of every year

Eligibility: College Graduates (National)

Number of Fellows: 12 per year

Coro Fellowship Program

Coro introduces program participants to all aspects of the public affairs arena, preparing them to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond.

Term of fellowship: 9 months

Financial support: $3500 with optional living expenses allowance

Other support: Hands-on project experience training, training for understanding of complex public issues and professional growth and personal transformation.

Application cycle: Every September

Eligibility: Residents of Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Number of Fellows: 64 fellows are chosen per year

New Voices

New Voices, inaugurated in 1999 as a national leadership development program that helps nonprofit organizations recruit or retain innovative, new talent.

Term of fellowship: 2 years

Financial support: Approximately $100,000 for two years

Other support: Training and networking opportunities for the designated Mentor, including participation in the Summer Conference

Application cycle: January of each year

Eligibility: US-Based Organizations

Massachussetts Promise Fellows

Massachusetts Promise Fellows dedicate a year of service to build their leadership skills and make an impact on young people in Massachusetts. Individuals gain a lifetime of experience as they develop their organizational and communication skills and grow as leaders of their own projects.

Term of fellowship: 1 year

Financial support: $14000 taxable allowance and $5500 education award

Other support: Over 200 hours of Professional Development & Training and Free courses at Northeastern University!

Application cycle: Every April

Eligibility: US citizen or Permanent Resident Alien

Number of Fellows: 12 per year

Ford Motor Company International Fellowship Program

The Ford International Fellowship program was designed with the goal of enhancing the efforts of emerging leaders in communities throughout the world.

Term of fellowship: 2 weeks

Financial support: Stipend and All expenses paid classes in non-profit management

Other support: Visit to Ford’s Corporate Headquarters

Application cycle: October

Eligibility: Fellows outside of the United States

Number of Fellows: 25

Herbert Scoville Peace Fellowship

The Scoville Fellowship has a proven track record of attracting talented people with strong academic and advocacy backgrounds in international security issues.

Term of fellowship: 6 to 9 months

Financial support: Salary Support

Other support: Training for peace and security perspective

Application cycle: Fall and Spring

Eligibility: Non-US citizen in living in the US and US citizen living or outside the US.

Number of Fellows: Group

Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.

Term of fellowship: 12 to 18 months

Financial support: $15,636 annual stipend

Other support: Fellows will be enrolled in Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series training program while in the United States

Application cycle: Application cycle is done three times a year

Eligibility: United States and Latin America

Number of Fellows: At least three per year

Families USA

Families USA has two fellowship programs. The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color. On the other hand, The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice was created in 2005 by Phillippe Villers, founder and president of Families USA, to inspire and develop the next generation of health care justice leaders.

Term of fellowship: 12 months

Financial support: N.A.

Application cycle: Yearly with application starting every

Eligibility: Anyone who is eligible to work in the USA

Number of Fellows: Two fellows are chosen per year through a competitive selection process

Reinhard Mohn Fellowships

Reinhard Mohn is a media company in Germany that actively seeks fellows who are leaders in public service.

Financial support: $53,000 annual stipend

Other support: Provides factual and professional knowledge on international media and business.

Application cycle: August of every year

Eligibility: International applicants are welcome

Eureka Fellowship

Eureka Fellowship program is under the Fleishhacker Foundation which has two grant making programs including Pre-Collegiate Education program and the Arts and Culture segment. The Eureka Fellowship program offers unrestricted fellowship for visual artists.

Term of fellowship: At least four artists are selected for a one year fellowship

Financial support: $25,000 per artists selected

Application cycle: General applications are not accepted

Eligibility: Artists must be nominated by a local nonprofit arts organization to qualify

Number of Fellows: Four per application cycle

Kip Tiernan Fellowship

The Kip Tiernan Fellowship provides a unique and exciting opportunity for a woman to develop and carry out a special project that will further the mission of Rosie’s Place anywhere in New England.

Term of fellowship: 12 months

Financial support: A one-time $40,000 stipend is paid to an eligible woman

Application cycle: Proposals are accepted no later than April 1st of each year.

Eligibility: Any interested woman age 21 or over is eligible to apply. She and her proposed project must be physically based in New England (MA, VT, CT, RI, ME, NH)

Number of Fellows: One per year

Next Generation Leadership (Rockefeller)

The Next Generation Leadership program sought to develop solutions to major challenges of democracy, including issues of race, changing demographics, the digital divide and globalization.

Term of fellowship: Two years for studies and travel for the participants in the program

Financial support: Grants are available

Application cycle: Closed nomination process for qualified fellows

Number of Fellows: 24 participants are selected for the program

Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program

The Yiddish Fellowship Program offers talented young college graduates who are passionate about Yiddish language and culture the opportunity to spend a year as full-time Book Center staff.

Financial support: $28000 stipend plus health insurance

Other support: Training on skills to enhance book development and other media improvements

Application cycle: September 2012 to August 2013

Eligibility: Applicants should be recent college graduates with strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines, a working knowledge of Yiddish, and demonstrated interest in Yiddish language and culture.

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

The Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C.

Term of fellowship: One full year of fellowship

Financial support: $16000 annual living allowance plus health insurance and travel expenses. $3500 end of service award and $4000 housing subsidy in Washington D.C.

Application cycle: January of each year

Eligibility: Anyone who has US citizenship or permanent residency status may apply. One should have a strong commitment to anti-racism

Number of Fellows: 20 participants are selected each year around the country.

ISI Studies Institute Western Civilization Fellowship

The ISI Studies Institute provides fellowship programs for college graduates who want to pursue additional research and knowledge acquisition.

Financial support: A grant of $5000 and payment of tuition at the school of choice of the fellow whether US based or abroad

Other Support: $1000 worth of ISI published books

Application cycle: January of every year

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen. Graduate students with interest in research particularly on Western Civilization topics

AAUW Fellowship

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

Term of fellowship: One year

Financial support: $20000 Dissertation Fellowship

Other Support: $30000 Post Research Leave Fellowship

Application cycle: August to November each year

Eligibility: Women doctoral candidates (American Fellowship)

Number of Fellows: 278 fellows

Greenlining Institute Fellowship

The Greenlining Academy works to empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change.

Term of fellowship: 12 months

Financial support: $33800 per year

Other Support: Leadership skills workshops, conducts site visits to community and government entities and attend meetings with stakeholders

Application cycle: February of each year

Eligibility: Young leaders who have completed the minimum undergraduate degree requirement

APHL Fellowship Program

The Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program, sponsored by APHL and CDC, trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to infectious disease research.

Term of fellowship: Training fellowship – 1 year ; Research fellowship – 2 years

Financial support: At least $32722 per year as stipend

Other Support: Full training is provided to both training and research fellows

Application cycle: February of each year is the deadline for application

Eligibility: Open only to US citizens

Number of Fellows: 20 pre-doctoral and 10 post-doctoral

Fairvote Democracy Fellowship

FairVote is one of our nation’s leading democracy organizations, with a unique focus on bold, cutting-edge electoral reforms.

Term of fellowship: 11 months

Financial support: Minimum of $23000 per year

Other Support: Health and dental benefits, transportation pay and vacation days

Application cycle: Applicants may file on March 15 of every year

Eligibility: Open to all as an equal opportunity employer

Number of Fellows: 2 per year

NYC Teaching Fellows

The NYC Teaching Fellows program is the largest alternative certification program in the country, and its impact in New York City public schools is unparalleled by any other program of its kind.

Term of fellowship: One Year

Financial support: At least $45530 per year or equivalent to a NCY teacher’s salary

Other Support: Pre-service Training Program

Application cycle: June

Eligibility: An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree conferred by the start of the program, a US citizen or a permanent resident with green card have no more than 17 credits of education coursework.

Number of Fellows: N.A.

What non-profit fellowships did I miss?

Are you aware of a non-profit fellowship, incubator, or competition I’ve missed? Be sure to add them to the list by commenting below. I’ll update this list regularly in order to keep it up-to-date. Thanks everyone!