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Echoing Green's Fellowship Program
Echoing Green awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators. Annually, we award fellowships to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas.
This is not a scholarship program. Our fellows do not develop their ideas in an academic setting. Our fellows work in the community. They launch, manage and grow organizations that implement and continually expand their ideas for creating lasting social change.
During the two-year fellowship, Echoing Green provides both financial and technical support.
Each year, Echoing Green holds an open application process through which anyone who meets our eligiblity criteria and has a compelling new idea for social change is welcome to apply.
Our 2007 application has closed. If you would like to apply for next year's fellowship, we recommend that you complete our Pre-Application Questionnaire ahead of time, as it's the single best resource for learning about our selection criteria.
Echoing Green offers fellowships to individuals and to partnerships of no more than two individuals.
Individual Fellowships: $30,000 per year for two years for a total of $60,000 paid in four equal installments of $15,000
Partnership Fellowships: $45,000 per year (per project, not per individual) for two years for a total of $90,000 paid in four equal installments of $22,500
Fellowship stipends are paid twice a year. The initial stipend payment for 2007 fellows will be paid in early September 2007. The remaining payments are paid every six months (in March and September). The stipend can be used for any purpose related to the start up of the organization or project.
In addition to the two-year stipend, Echoing Green also offers a monthly stipend for health insurance.
Echoing Green provides our fellows a range of support through a variety of media including the Internet, conferences, site visits and phone contact. We offer guidance in strategic and financial planning, staff and board development, fundraising, legal and accounting practices and many other aspects of starting and building a non-profit organization.
During the two-year fellowship period, Echoing Green will host three fellowship conferences. The New Fellows Conference will be held in mid-July 2007. This conference allows our new fellows to meet and network amongst themselves. At the conference we also offer educational workshops and access to Echoing Green Fellows, program alumni and other experts in the field. In November of each year of the fellowship period, Echoing Green will also host Current Fellows Conferences for all of our currently funded fellows. These conferences are excellent opportunities for networking, peer to peer learning and renewal.
Our conferences are an essential element of our fellowship program and Echoing Green expects all our fellows to attend all conferences during their fellowship period.
Accountability to Outcomes:
Echoing Green works with our fellows from the outset in developing their programs, determining projected outcomes and implementing measurement tools. Assessing impact is an ongoing process throughout the fellowship period. Social impact is a long term investment and is not easy to measure. Echoing Green is committed to tackling the difficult question "how are we making a difference" and insuring accountability at all levels, including accountability to the communities that our fellows serve.
Our fellows develop ambitious and measurable first year objectives. Throughout their fellowship, they provide regular reports to the foundation and track their progress against their objectives, refining their objectives as appropriate.
Echoing Green's Fellowship Program