Frequently Asked Questions

1.    When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is March 15, 2017.

 2.    How many fellows are accepted?
The fellowship will consist of 8 fellows.

3.    If I applied previously may I apply again?
Yes. If you are between the ages of 22 - 30, you may apply again.

4.    When will I be notified of acceptance?
All applicants will be notified by May 15, 2017, whether or not they have been chosen for the fellowship.

5.    The application requires two letters of recommendations.  Who should I chose to write these recommendations? Can I submit more than two?
Please choose individuals who you think will help us get a better sense of why you should be part of the fellowship and what qualities, experience, and potential you have that are relevant to the focus of this fellowship. References can be personal or professional but should not be family members. We only need two letters of recommendation. You may submit more than two only if you feel it offers a missing perspective not already provided.

6.    I’m 21 or 31 years old. Am I still eligible to apply for the fellowship?
The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship encourages emerging leaders ages 22 – 30 to apply. If you are a little outside of this age range and feel you would be a good candidate, please feel free to apply and tell us why. You must be over the age of 18.

7.    I live outside of the United States. Am I still eligible?
We are unable to accommodate international applicants at this time. All applicants must be U.S.-based (although you do not need to be a citizen). If you have a question about your eligibility, feel free to contact us. If you are living in the UK or Europe, you might be interested in our sister program.

8.    What does the fellowship cost?
Tuition for the fellowship is offered for free. All retreat costs including flights from anywhere within the U.S., transportation to retreats, room and board are covered.

9.    How long is the fellowship?
The fellowship is a total of 9 months and includes three retreats: September 7 - 13, 2017; January 7 – 13, 2018; May 3 - 6, 2018. In addition to the three retreats, there will be required study between retreats, peer collaboration and support, as well as ongoing online (including one-on-one Skype) mentorship and assistance with project development and execution. Please note, dates are subject to slight changes. 

10.    Do I have to attend all of the retreats?
Yes. You must be prepared to commit to all the project dates in order to be eligible. 

11. Is the fellowship a residential program?
No. There are three, short, distinct retreats which are scheduled across a 9-month period. The fellowship is not a continuous 9-month residential program.

12. What do I do in between retreats?
In between retreats fellows will work on developing and executing their projects with support from mentors and other fellows via online platforms. Fellows are expected to fully engage with and complete all assignments on time. 

13.  Who are the mentors and teachers?
The mentors and teachers who are a part of the fellowship program will be leading practitioners in the field of Spiritual Ecology and related fields.  Mentors for the 2016-17 fellowship included Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Dekila Chungyalpa, Joanna Macy, and Vandana Shiva, among others.

14. What kinds of project ideas are eligible for consideration?
Project ideas may be for any nonprofit or social/environmental benefit, and must be for a charitable, scientific, religious, literary, or educational purpose. Projects do not need to have 501(c)(3) status to be eligible. 

Project ideas are not eligible if:

  • The primary intention is to generate revenue or a product, i.e., for profit.
  • It includes an intention to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation (commonly referred to as lobbying).
  • It intends to influence the outcome of any specific public election or carry on any voter registration drive. 

14. In addition to full scholarship for program tuition, travel, room and board, what kind of support will I receive during the fellowship for my project?
The program will offer project support in the following ways:

  • Workshops and classes with teachers and mentors exploring the principles of spiritual ecology
  • Following each short retreat, fellows are aided through online mentorship and peer support, which includes assistance with the development and implementation of projects.
  • A $10,000 dollar stipend will be provided to each fellow in two installments during the course of the fellowship. The stipend is provided to fellows to assist in implementing a pilot project during the course of nice-month fellowship. 

The fellowship will not be able to finance any further study or project support outside of the program structure.

15.  Do I need to be affiliated with a religious or spiritual tradition to be considered for the fellowship?
No, you don’t need to be affiliated with a religious or spiritual tradition to be considered for the fellowship.  However, as the nature of this fellowship is spiritual you must be comfortable with this focus and expect a spiritual component (including contemplative practice) to be part of the fellowship and retreats.

16. Where will the housing for retreats be located?
Housing for fellows during retreats will be onsite at retreat locations in Whidbey Island, Washington, and Marin County in Northern California. 

17.  I have a full-time job. Can I still apply for the fellowship?
Yes, you can still apply for the fellowship if you have a full-time job as long as you are realistically able to commit to attending all three retreats, and the necessary time for study, online mentorship, project development, pilot implementation, and assignments between retreats.

18.  Are fellows guaranteed incubator placement or seed funding for the project idea or initiative they pilot during the fellowship?
No, fellows are not guaranteed incubator placement or seed funding for the project they develop and pilot during the fellowship. A maximum of two projects will be eligible for incubation at the end of the fellowship program. Seed funding for projects will be considered based on project viability as well as work and leadership shown during the 9 month program. 

19.  Other than the stipend, what kind of funding support could be available during the fellowship? 
Fellows are not eligible to apply for or receive grants from Kalliopeia Foundation throughout the duration of the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship program. Fellows may apply for project-related financial assistance from outside sources during the fellowship, so long as any outside funds are pre-approved by staff before they are received. Upon completion of the fellowship, successful and viable projects will be eligible for incubation and seed funding consideration via the Kalliopeia Foundation incubator program.

20. Can I change or update my application after I have submitted it?

Once you have submitted your application, you may only update your contact/profile information. If you feel additional materials or changes are integral to your application, please contact us.

21. When will selected fellows receive their stipend?

Selected fellows will receive their $10,000 stipend in two installments during the 9-month fellowship. The first installment will be paid after the first retreat in September, and the second will be paid after the 2nd retreat in January.

22. How are fellows selected?

For the 2017-18 Spiritual Ecology Fellowship program, fellows will be selected based on the following application requirements: 

  • Questions (average 200 - 250 words per question)
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family members
  • 1 - 3 project ideas, 400 - 800 words each
  • Resume
  • Support materials, including the following: portfolio, published writings, website, blogs, etc.

Outstanding applicants may be selected for an online or in-person interview. The selection committee is responsible for picking the final eight applicants to join the fellowship.

23. How much weight is put on my project ideas as part of the selection process?

Project ideas are a key component of the fellowship and therefore a very important part of your application. All aspects of the application will be reviewed as part of the evaluation process but project proposal submissions will be weighed most heavily.