About How To Apply Meet The Fellows Frequently Asked Questions Is the BALLE Fellowship the right fit for me? Like any application process, there are multiple factors that contribute to an applicant being chosen. As you consider if the BALLE Fellowship is the right fit for you, here are a few activities we strongly suggest you do before applying: (1) Review the “What Does it Take to be a BALLE Fellow” section of our application page. If you meet all of the criteria listed under “What Does it Take to be a BALLE Fellow,” that is a strong starting point. (2) Become familiar with the BALLE Fellows. If your work is in alignment with our Fellows’ work, that is a great sign. (3) Ask yourself questions such as, “What could I contribute to my cohort if I were chosen for the BALLE Fellowship?” “Can my organization support me operationally and/or financially if I’m chosen as a Fellow?” What are the criteria for candidates? Here are some of the key traits that we have looked for in previous Fellows: 2018-2019 Priority: For the upcoming cohort, based on feedback from our Leadership Network, we will prioritize fellows doing work in rural communities, including those who are working to steward our land, water, soil, and climate and those who are engaged at the intersection of local business development and government policy. We expect fellows with at least a partial rural focus to make up at least 50% of our cohort. Work with local businesses or entrepreneurs: We recognize that there are many essential roles in the effort to build more healthy and equitable economies; the Local Economy Fellowship focus on those who convene, fund, train, or otherwise help to support and connect local businesses and entrepreneurs towards this end. Proven track record and confidence of your community: Minimum of three years experience leading local economy projects that yield results; recognition as a local economy leader from regional partner groups; Openness to personal and leadership development: Willingness to examine individual leadership beliefs and practices, in order to develop more effective and sustainable approaches to work; Bridge builder and fierce collaborator: Demonstrated examples of successful collaborations locally, regionally and/or nationally; Clear vision: Clearly able to articulate your vision for what is possible, short and long-term, through your local economy work; Financial viability: Proven track record with fundraising, financial management acumen, and ability to convene and maintain key partnerships; Organizational viability: Your organization is past the start-up phase, making it possible for you to attend six convenings over eighteen months (four immersions and two BALLE Leadership Summits); Representative of multiple cultures and experiences: As a whole, cohorts should represent the diversity of North American society, with an emphasis on underrepresented, low income, and previously underserved communities; I live and work outside of the United States and Canada. Can I apply for the Fellowship? Our fellowship program is only available to Local Economy Leaders in the United States and Canada. What does the BALLE Fellowship consist of? While the focus of the program is peer-to-peer learning and the majority of the activities are in support of that, each immersion provides a mix of capacity-building training, experiential leadership development, peer learning, dialogue, and hands-on collaborative work. Fellows have access to light coaching and mentorship and peer council during and in between immersions. What is the time commitment? Fellows participate in six gatherings over the course of two years. Fellows also spend an average of four hours on Fellowship activities between immersions, which include calls and prep work to advance individual and collective goals. 2018-2019 Immersions take place over 4-5 consecutive days and are planned for (more specific dates TBD in mid-2017): Immersion #1: Spring 2018 Immersion #2: Summer 2018 Leadership Summit: November 2018 Immersion #3: Spring 2019 Immersion #4: Fall 2019 Leadership Summit: November 2019 What are the results of the Fellowship? BALLE Local Economy Fellows gain inspiration, skills, meaningful connection and impact in their communities. Fellows walk away with: In-depth examples of successful programs in other communities that could be adapted and adopted in your place; Opportunities to collaborate on concrete projects with exceptional peers; Exposure to diverse facilitation, convening, and transformational development practices; Deeper awareness of your personal leadership style (both strengths and vulnerabilities) and how these can be channelled for increased effectiveness and sustainability; Skills to advance difficult conversations and work with difference, especially around race and class; An expanded leadership role within a national Localist movement; and Lifelong access to a peer-to-peer Leadership Network made up of BALLE Fellows, local economy funders and the broader BALLE learning community. Where does the BALLE Fellowship take place? Our immersions take place throughout North America. Depending on location, most Fellows will be flying to attend the immersions that take place during the program. For each cohort, we consider our Fellows’ home cities when planning immersion locations. I work with more than one organization. How do I explain that in my application? You can indicate your work with additional organizations in the application. If I applied for previous cohorts, do I have to submit a new application? If you applied for a previous cohort and would like to be considered for a new cohort, we recommend you reapply drawing from your original application and update any information that has changed since you last applied. (Once you apply through our website link, you will receive a copy of your application as an email attachment. We recommend you keep that copy of your application for your records.) If there has been an evolution or growth in your work and your organization, we want to know! How much does it cost to be a BALLE Fellow? Fellows, or their organization, are responsible for travel costs (flights and ground transport). BALLE pays for lodging, meals, training and support during immersion meetings. Do Fellows receive a stipend? BALLE Fellows do not receive a stipend for their participation in the Fellowship. BALLE offers Fellows entrance to a nationally-recognized fellowship program, lodging at retreat centers across the country for immersions, all meals at immersions, cutting-edge leadership training, national illumination of their work, and access to a network of key experts and leaders in the field. How does the selection process work? Fill out our online application here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from February 2017 until the cohort is filled. We encourage you to apply early! The earlier you apply the earlier you will receive a response from us. Applicants can expect to be notified of their first round status (finalist, declined, or still under review) within 4-6 weeks of receipt of your application. Also, many folks wait until the last minute to apply, which gives us less time to review your application and materials. All finalists will be asked to provide three professional references; those who have not yet spoken with a member of the Fellowship Team will be contacted for an interview. Finalists who complete this process before September 15, 2017 will receive updated status (accepted, waitlisted, or declined) by October 2017. Those who complete this process after September 15 will receive updated status by December 22, 2017, and the full cohort will be announced in early 2018. Can I talk to someone about the BALLE Fellowship to learn more? If you have additional questions this FAQ page cannot answer, please contact the Fellowship Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-587-9417 x104.