When you submit your Fellowship application, you are automatically considered for the Global Fellowship and may opt-in to be considered for the for the Black Male Achievement Fellowship and/or the Climate Fellowship. Read on for our eligibility and assessment criteria, watch our video on selection criteria, and download the Selection Criteria Guide.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for all Echoing Green Fellowships:
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants must have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events.
- Organization must be the original idea of the applicant.
- Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible.
- Organization must be independent and autonomous. Organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization. The applicant must be the primary decision maker for the organization’s development and management. Generally, organizations with fiscal sponsors are still considered autonomous.
- Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected Fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies.
- Partnerships (organizations co-founded and led by two individuals) may apply. Both partners must meet all eligibility requirements and make a full-time commitment of no fewer than thirty-five hours per week to the development of the organization.
- Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
- Applicants must commit to attending Echoing Green's training conferences if selected as Fellows. All new Fellows attend a conference in summer the year they are selected, as well as a winter conference for two years. Echoing Green covers all expenses related to these events and will announce the dates a few months prior to each conference.
Note: Organizations may be for-profit or nonprofit.
To be considered for the Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship at Echoing Green:
- The focus of the applicants' work must be in the United States.
- The organization articulates a social impact that specifically improves the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States.
- The applicant is clearly able to articulate why improving the life outcomes of black men and boys is one of their closest personal values.
- Applicants are considered regardless of race, gender or ethnicity.
To be considered for the Climate Fellowship:
- The applicant must be starting a new organization that focuses on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
- The applicant must be able to clearly articulate why confronting the climate crisis is one of their closest personal values.
The following proposals are not eligible for consideration for any Echoing Green Fellowships:
- Expansion of an existing organization that is past its start-up phase
- Research projects
- Lobbying activities
- Faith-based initiatives (In this context, faith-based implies that you are associated with a religious institution or are promoting a specific faith; if your work has a spiritual basis but is not tied to any specific religion or faith, you may be eligible for consideration)
- Recipients of prior Echoing Green funding
Applications for Echoing Green Fellowships are evaluated on several criteria to assess both the strength of the applicants as well as the strength of the idea.
Applications are assessed based on the following criteria:
- Purpose / Passion: Applicant exhibits strong passion and commitment for the program area in which they plan to work, as well as personal integrity
- Resilience: Applicant has demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles
- Leadership: Applicant has demonstrated leadership potential
- Ability to Attract Resources: Applicant is a “Resource Magnet,” capable of attracting money, people and other resources to cause
The Organization / Idea:
- Innovation: Organization is innovative and demonstrates new approach
- Importance: Organization addresses serious social problem
- Potential for Big, Bold Impact: Organization has clear potential for tangible impact to the beneficiary population and either has potential for effecting systemic change (e.g., policy change, societal change, influence in their field) and/or demonstrates potential for replication and growth
- A Good Business Model: Organization has clear and compelling mission and objectives, and has given real thought to program development and delivery, ways to measure success, raising money, and other key factors indicating potential for sustainability.
Note: For applicants applying as a partnership, Echoing Green evaluates the strength of the partnership and the commitment of both individuals to the organization.
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