FELLOW FAQ’S

What is a Fellowship? 

Fellowships are short-term positions, with a focus on professional development. They provide the opportunity to gain well-rounded experience within an entry-level position. The Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program exposes young leaders to the nonprofit/philanthropic sector and helps them gain a better understanding of the importance of philanthropy and giving back.

When does the NOF Fellowship start?

The NOF Fellowship start dates vary depending on the host organization; the actual start date is determined by the Fellow and host organization. We require start dates to be between the last week of June and the first week of August.

Is there a NOF Fellowship orientation?

Yes, there is a four day orientation in June at our headquarters in Westport, CT. The exact date is to be determined.

What is a cohort? 

A cohort is a group of people banded together or treated as a group. If selected as a NOF Fellow, you will be joining a diverse group of other young leaders. Although you will be the only NOF Fellow at your host organization, you will come together with your cohort for the enrichment program five times during the Fellowship year. The cohort of NOF Fellows is your first professional network, and a community where you will create new friendships and a support network that will be an important of your Fellowship year and beyond.

What is included in the Fellowship?

  • A one-year full-time entry-level position at a nonprofit/philanthropic organization. All organizations are selected from the Newman’s Own Foundation portfolio of grantees.
  • Participation in a diverse cohort of young leaders desiring to “do good” and learn more about the following focus areas: food and nutrition, empowerment, children with life-limiting illnesses, and encouraging philanthropy.
  • Guidance and support from your direct supervisor, team at Newman’s Own Foundation, and cohort throughout your Fellowship to ensure a successful year.
  • The NOF Fellowship Enrichment Program includes five, four-day in-person workshops focused on personal and professional development. The host organization may also provide professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to, conferences, seminars, roundtables, and webinars.
  • Individual coaching, networking, and mentoring opportunities throughout the year as part of the Enrichment Program. Facilitators of the NOF enrichment program have content expertise to help provide Fellows with the resources they need to successfully navigate the Fellowship year and think strategically about post Fellowship plans.They also become part of your professional network.

Do Fellows receive a stipend?

Yes, Fellows receive a $38,000 stipend and receive health benefits through their host organization. Fellows also are eligible to receive other benefits consistent with the benefits offered to entry-level employees at each host organization. All Fellows receive vacation days in accordance with each host organization’s vacation policy.  Each Fellow is also eligible to receive a $1,500 relocation stipend.  Please note that the relocation stipend is NOT paid in advance of the start date of the Fellowship.

Do Fellows need to relocate to a different city?

Fellows matched with a host organization that is located in a different city are expected to move to the respective city in advance of their Fellowship start date. Each Fellow is responsible for securing his/her own housing.

Is housing provided as part of the Fellowship?

Neither NOF nor the host organization provides Fellowship housing.

Who are the Host Organizations?

The host organizations are selected from Newman’s Own portfolio of grantees and are working in the following focus areas: food and nutrition, empowerment, children with life-limiting illnesses, and encouraging philanthropy. Hosting a NOF Fellow is a competitive process; interested host organizations must submit an in depth application to NOF which is reviewed and approved by NOF.

How does the matching process work? 

Each Fellow is introduced to 3 – 4 potential host organizations. These introductions are made based on expressed interest of Fellow, and information collected by NOF staff during the application and interview process. Each Fellow schedules interviews via email with the potential host organization’s designated contact person. Upon completion of the interview process, NOF works with the Fellows and the host organizations to identify where there is overlapping interest, and notifies both parties if there is a clear match. It is NOF’s goal to match every Fellow with at least their first or second choice of host organization.

What type of work does a NOF Fellow do at the host organization? 

Each Fellowship role is unique and the job responsibilities vary.  Examples of past and current job responsibilities include the following: analyzing current state and regional philanthropic programming for national foundations; working with program staff to develop new programs and proposals; produce reports on existing programs and clients served; conducting research to identify and assess methods for measuring program impact; supporting efforts to build policy/advocacy capacity of new and emerging leaders in farm to school networks; supporting the development of a comprehensive alumni engagement strategy; assisting with the revision of campus career workshops; working with a communications team to develop and expand existing social media platforms; assisting in tracking relationships with existing and potential social-sector partners; developing concepts for engagement; and developing and expanding an organization’s volunteer network.

The aim is to place NOF Fellows with organizations where they can leverage their experience and interests to provide them with the best experiential learning opportunity possible.

What is the application process?

The application process is by invitation only. Invited applicants must apply using NOF’s online application. The application requires essay responses to several questions, a resume, 2 references, and the option to submit a personal statement video and a writing sample. A review committee reviews all submitted applications. Members of the NOF team will interview applicants that move to round two. The announcement of the selected 2019-2020 cohort will be made in February, 2019.

*The deadline to submit an application for the 2019-2020 NOF Fellowship was December 3, 2018. For our 2020-2021 check back in September! 

How many people apply and are selected for the Fellowship?

On average we receive 150 applications and select a cohort with a maximum of 20 Fellows.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Before applying all applicants must verify their eligibility by clicking on “check eligibility” within the application portal. This is to confirm our minimum applicant requirements are met. Once this is completed and if the minimum requirements are met, then applicants can begin to fill out the application. If for any reason you do not meet the minimum requirements and have additional questions we invite you to email us at noffellowship@newmansownfoundation.org

What happens post NOF Fellowship Program?

Once Fellows graduate from the NOF Fellowship program they become part of the NOF Fellowship Alumni Association. The Alumni Association provides alumni with opportunities to engage, enrich and give back. Alumni have access to a menu of resources including continuing education in the nonprofit sector via a partnership with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, scholarships to nonprofit/philanthropic conferences and roundtables, and the opportunity to participate in the annual Alumni Association Giving Circle. During the second half of the Fellowship the workshop content is focused on providing Fellows with the skills and resources that will better prepare them to plan for the future. Topics covered in the workshops include Work on Purpose and values clarification, the art of Networking and Interviewing, and Building your brand and social profile.