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Applying to be a Fellowship Host

Nonprofit organizations are vital partners in the success of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program.

We work with leading organizations in Boston, New York and Philadelphia to design fellowship opportunities that build the capacity of our host organizations and prepare Fellows for leadership roles in the social impact sector.

The organizations we choose to host Fellowships are diverse (list here), but share some common features. They are successful nonprofits involved in direct service to their communities. They have a special commitment to young people and education, deliver measurable impact, are valued and respected in their cities, and can benefit from the Fellowship.  We’re particularly inspired by organizations that are addressing key societal issues related to inequity and social justice.

Application is by invitation only.

If your organization is invited to apply, the Fellowship’s Executive Director will send a Request for Proposal. Applications from organizations that have not been invited will not be considered.

Proposal Requirements

The RFP requires prospective hosts to include a detailed description of the Fellow’s proposed responsibilities. We expect every Fellowship to have two distinct and equal components each representing 45 percent of the Fellow’s time. 

  1. A direct service role which engages the Fellow in delivering services to the youth served by the organization.

  2. A special or strategic project role that includes the Fellow's participation in, design of, or management of a strategic initiative that builds the organization's reach or capacity. Special projects must not be exclusively focused in the area of fundraising/development.

(The remaining 10 percent of the Fellows time is dedicated to professional development and other Fellowship program activities and should not be included in the proposal).

  • Tutoring students during afterschool and summer programs
  • Working with students on environmental advocacy project to re-open contaminated beach through gathering data about water quality, developing and presenting data and vision for site to Town Board
  • Leading program sessions and serve as coach to students during classroom training and internships to empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education
  • Delivering civics education presentations in public schools
  • Running community-based environmental programs for young people
  • Playing lead role in developing social media strategy
  • Planning advocacy and policy initiatives
  • Designing and managing communications to support program initiatives
  • Participating in the development and evaluation of a new program offering
  • Launching and managing alumni engagement to support students who completed academic support program
  • Planning and organizing an annual day of service by forming partnerships with over schools, community organizations and corporate sponsors, and recruiting volunteers

Evaluation Criteria

The Foundation’s review committee carefully reads the RFPs of all prospective hosts. Our evaluation criteria include:

  • The Fellow’s overall experience, including onboarding, day-to-day supervision, and quality and balance of direct service and special project work.

  • Fellow’s potential for personal and professional growth at the host organization.

  • Key host organization characteristics, including a compelling mission and model, stable and talented leadership, DEI practices, financial stability, and strong evaluation results.

  • Potential of direct service and special project work to build host organization capacity.


After we make our selection, the Executive Director works with each host to finalize job descriptions and promote the Fellowship to qualified college seniors.

Host organizations will be expected to provide and implement a plan for recruiting, and to report regularly on their results. These efforts, in addition to the recruiting efforts undertaken by the Fellowship itself, combine to ensure that selected host organizations receive a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants for the Fellowship position.

A fellow works with students in a museum

Timeline for Selection

Deadline for applications from prospective hosts

The Fellowship Foundation selects hosts organizations for the next cohort.

The Foundation publicly announces the host organizations for the next cohort. Hosts are encouraged to make a similar announcement.

The Foundation and the Host organizations advertise the Fellowship positions through a variety of different channels. Host organizations also work to recruit prospective Fellows through their own networks and channels.

Fellow applications close.

Host organizations screen and review applicants and interview candidates, selecting semi-finalists and finalists for the Fellowship

Hosts onboard new Fellows.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions of the website and select the Prospective Hosts tab.