Deadline October 6, 2017

NonprofitCoach™ is now accepting applications for the 2018 Global Leaders Fellowship. Apply to be one of just 10 newly-appointed or emerging nonprofit executives who will be invited to join the 2018 inaugural class of the Global Leaders Fellowship. This exclusive leadership development program is designed for the world’s best, brightest and most determined social sector leaders—inspiring young leaders just like you!

The Global Leaders Fellowship is a rigorous, six-month leadership coaching program that blends monthly one-on-one coaching for each fellow with monthly group coaching for the entire class. This means you’ll benefit from both a highly-customized program addressing your unique leadership challenges as well as the opportunity to engage in coach-facilitated development activities with an amazing group of peers from around the world.

Meetings will take place virtually—via voice and video conferences—twice a month between January and June 2018. This experiential approach will allow fellows to learn, practice, and master new leadership mindsets, skillsets and behaviors on their own, in community with their peers, and on the job.


Here is what you will gain:

  • Sharpened self-awareness and self-confidence as a leader.
  • Renewed passion and clarity of vision.
  • More time to focus on your biggest goals and challenges.
  • Strengthened ability to plan, prioritize and execute.
  • Increased capacity to inspire and unlock the potential of your team.
  • Greater courage to lead with backbone as well as heart.
  • Heightened performance and a shared sense of accomplishment.
  • Lasting ties to a global fellowship of like-minded peers.

Here’s what you’ll receive as a Global Leaders Fellow:

  • One two-hour, one-on-one video coaching conversation and interview (for each finalist)
  • Six monthly private, one-on-one coaching sessions of approximately one hour, tailored to your individual leadership challenges and development goals
  • Six monthly group coaching sessions of approximately two hours, providing a safe, collaborative space for enhanced learning, challenge, and transformation together with your peers
  • A framework for weekly self-coaching, reflection and reporting—to hold you accountable to yourself, your coach and peers throughout the 6-month program
  • Access to a private social media forum to share successes and challenges, ask questions, seek feedback, and otherwise engage with your coach and peers throughout the 6-month program
  • Access to a private social media forum for ongoing engagement with Global Leaders Fellowship alumni following the 6-month program
  • The Global Leaders Fellowship toolkit—stock full of the resources you’ll need to develop a custom leadership development plan and monitor your progress in achieving it
  • A charter NonprofitCoach™ subscription for immediate, members-only access as soon as they’re published to additional leadership resources developed exclusively for current and emerging nonprofit leaders


There are no travel or residency requirements as the program is designed to allow fellows to develop within the context of their current organization and role. Nor is there any cost to fellowship recipients or their employers.

Unlike other fellowship programs which take you away from your day-to-day environment and responsibilities, the Global Leaders Fellowship allows you to develop within the context of your current organization and leadership role. Meetings take place virtually—via voice and video conferences—twice a month.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • This is a mid-to-senior level professional program intended for new and emerging nonprofit and NGO executives, between 25 and 35 years of age, who have already established a solid record of accomplishment within their communities, careers and organizations.
  • Preference will be given to:
    • a) new nonprofit/NGO executives (founder, chief executive officer, president, executive director, etc.) with less than two years in current role
    • b) aspiring nonprofit/NGO leaders with at least three years of management experience.
  • English Proficiency: To be able to participate fully in this program, fellows must demonstrate during the application and interview process that they are fully conversant in English.
  • Diversity: This program is designed to create a global fellowship of nonprofit/NGO leaders. Each class is intended to include leaders whose work addresses a range of organizational and social aims (education, economic development, humanitarian aid, conservation, etc.), to have no more than one recipient from any country, and to represent diversity in race, gender, etc. Eligible applicants not selected for this class may be invited to participate in a future class.
  • Participation: Recipients must be able to participate fully in all components of the program—joining scheduled individual and group calls, completing an individual leadership development plan, being accountable for working towards self-initiated development priorities, etc. An interest in ongoing engagement and networking with other fellowship recipients is also expected.
  • Merit: Award decisions will be based primarily on merit. Successful applicants must demonstrate through past accomplishment, educational and career advancement, professional references, and the interview process that they are committed to their own leadership transformation, to a career in social sector leadership, and to making their dreams for a better world come true.
  • Financial Need: Award decisions will also be based on financial need. The fellowship is intended to serve young leaders representing nonprofit organizations without sufficient means or donor support to make significant investments in leadership development.

The selection criteria include nonprofit leadership, age, diversity, participation, merit and financial need.

Application & Selection Process

  • Part 1 Application: Submit the online Part 1 Application by the October 6, 2017 deadline. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • Professional Recommendations: Following receipt of your Part 1 Application, you will be sent an email with instructions to share with your professional references so that they may submit recommendations (describing your professional experience and potential for success in the Global Leaders Fellowship program) in support of your application. Your references will be required to use our online form to provide their recommendations and contact information so that these references may be verified. Two recommendations must be received by the October 13, 2017 deadline.
  • Part 2 Application: If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified via email and receive instructions for submitting your Part 2 Application. This will require that you provide a link to a 10-15 minute video responding to the self-guided interview questions which will be provided to you at that time. (This should be a video of you speaking; it should not include other video, graphic or audio elements.) As applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, you will have two weeks to respond; all Part 2 Applications must be submitted by the November 3, 2017 deadline.
  • Finalist Notification: If you are selected as a finalist, you will receive email notification inviting you to a two-hour coaching conversation and interview. You will be required to respond to the scheduling request within three days.
  • Fellowship Award Notification: Fellowship recipients will be notified via email and provided further instructions. All applicants will receive an announcement of fellowship recipients.

If you have general questions about leadership coaching, you may first wish to visit Q&A for answers to the top 10 questions nonprofit executives and emerging leaders ask about leadership coaching. If you have more specific questions about NonprofitCoach™ or the Global Leaders Fellowship, please visit Contact to get in touch.

For more information and to apply, visit Global Leaders Fellowship.

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