Created in 2005, The Duke Endowment's Fellowship program gives emerging leaders a unique opportunity in the philanthropic sector. Fellows are exposed to all aspects of philanthropy in the Endowment's four program areas, and learn about a wide array of opportunities and issues facing the Carolinas. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time assignment and offers access to the Endowment's executive leadership, a variety of personalized professional development opportunities, as well as with an annual salary and benefits. In return, Fellows learn on the fly, think creatively to provide meaningful contributions and new perspectives to the Endowment. Fellows typically begin their work at the Endowment between July 15 and August 1.
- Past or current residents of North Carolina or South Carolina, or
- Graduates of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina
- Have at least one to two years of work experience after obtaining an undergraduate degree and/or hold a graduate degree
When selecting a Fellow, preference will be given to those who have demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector and who have exhibited leadership potential in civic and/or professional life.
Past and current Fellows share their thoughts about the two-year program and the opportunity for hands-on experience in philanthropy.
Watch a recording of this webinar from 2015 for more details on the Fellowship program.
This flyer offers more information about our two-year, hands-on experience designed to prepare future leaders for service in the philanthropic sector.
Who is eligible for the Fellowship?
Fellow candidates must be past or current residents of North Carolina or South Carolina and/or a graduate of a college or university in North Carolina or South Carolina. Candidates must have at least one to two years of work experience after obtaining an undergraduate degree and/or hold a graduate degree. A demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector and strong leadership skills exhibited in previous academic or professional experiences are also encouraged.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 2, 2017 at 12pm EST (noon).
What are the qualities of the ideal Fellow?
The ideal Fellow brings passion and fervor to the job and is eager to learn from others and make meaningful contributions. Fellows should have strong communication and interpersonal skills along with a desire to grow their leadership capacity.
What educational credentials should a Fellow have?
Fellows must have at least one to two years of work experience after obtaining an undergraduate degree and/or hold a graduate degree.
What is the time commitment?
The program is a full-time commitment for two years. Fellows should expect to begin work between July 15 and August 1.
How many Fellows work at the Endowment at a time?
Typically, one Fellow is selected each year, and the Fellowship lasts two years, so there are two Fellows at the Endowment every year. Fellows work together on recruiting and occasionally on special projects.
How is the Fellow compensated?
Fellows receive $50,000 the first year and $53,000 the second year, plus paid vacation time. They also have full benefits, including life, medical and dental insurance, wellness benefits and participation in a 401(k) plan. The Endowment pays the full cost of an employee’s medical insurance. Fellows receive a stipend for moving expenses and travel reimbursement (moderate travel is required).*
What is a typical day like for a Fellow?
Each day is different. Fellows travel to nonprofits for site visits, attend program meetings, research philanthropic projects, attend regional and national conferences and recruit for the fellowship position. Some weeks, Fellows spend every day in the Endowment offices in Charlotte; other weeks, Fellows travel across North Carolina and South Carolina on site visits.
What is the capstone project?
Fellows complete a signature project, or capstone, that they work on throughout their two years. The project can take a variety of forms, from facilitating an innovative collaboration in the nonprofit sector to lending time and expertise to a nonprofit supported by the Endowment. Capstone projects should be meaningful and interesting to the Fellow and within the scope of the Endowment's work.
What is the application process like?
Up to 15 applicants are interviewed by telephone in mid January; six to eight semi-finalists come to Charlotte for a second round lunch interview on January 25-26, 2017. The top three finalists will be invited for a panel review on February 10, 2017, at The Duke Endowment offices in Charlotte. Applicants must be available on these days for in-person interviews.
This is a brief summary of the major benefits offered by The Duke Endowment, with the understanding that benefit plans may be changed, or even terminated, at the discretion of the Trustees.