Deadline: October 24, 2019
Applications are open for the Bush Foundation Fellowship Program 2020. The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your accomplishments and support for your potential. It is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community.
The Fellowship is intended to help you strengthen and develop your leadership. It gives you the resources and time you need to reflect, build your leadership skills and learn new ways to make a positive impact. As a Fellow, you define your own vision and create a unique Fellowship plan to learn the skills and build the relationships that will help you make your vision a reality. They encourage you to think bigger and differently about what is possible for yourself and your communities.
The Fellowship can last anywhere between 12 and 24 months. During that time, Fellows submit monthly reflections in which they reflect on their experience. Every six months, they provide a public reflection on their leadership journey in the form of a Learning Log. Fellows also come together once a year to meet one another and share the insights and experiences they have gained through the Fellowship.
- The Bush Fellowship provides a flexible grant of up to $100,000 to be used over 12 to 24 months.
- Applicants should be at least 24 years old at the time of the application deadline;
- Be a resident who lives in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that shares the same geography, for one continuous year immediately prior to the application deadline;
- You are ineligible if you have previously received a Bush Fellowship, Bush Artist Fellowship, Bush Leadership Fellowship, Bush Medical Fellowship or Enduring Vision Award.
The following criteria would be used to select candidates for the fellowship:
- Your Track record
- Record of success: You make the most of opportunities regardless of where you are in your career. You continuously find ways to have more impact inside your job and/or outside your job. You are persistent and resilient in the face of difficulty.
- Outstanding character: You are admired and respected by others. You demonstrate integrity and generosity of spirit.
- Active Learner: You recognize your own strengths and weaknesses. You seek and incorporate feedback. You have an inquiring mind, actively searching out new ideas and new experiences to broaden your perspective and increase your effectiveness.
- Your Potential: You demonstrate the vision and the drive to be extraordinary in your leadership and the capacity to make a far greater impact in your community affecting larger scale changes than you are making now. You are committed to working to benefit people and communities in MN, ND, SD and the 23 Native nations that share the geography.
- Your plan: You clearly articulate how the Fellowship will be transformative to changing or accelerating your trajectory in your career and life. You clearly articulate how you will be a stronger, more effective leader after the Fellowship than you are today.
Your Fellowship journey begins with a personal goal to become more effective in your leadership and a vision for what that could mean for your community. You define your vision, create a Fellowship plan and carry it out.
As you consider applying for the Fellowship, think about things like:
- What is your vision for making your community stronger? What is the impact you want to have?
- How do you need to change, grow and develop to make that happen? How will you build your skills to work inclusively with people of all different backgrounds?
- Remember, this is an opportunity to stretch beyond your comfort zone. Think big about the skills, connections, knowledge and experiences that would help you turn your vision into reality.
- Talk to others about your ideas. Listen to their feedback and use it to strengthen your plan.