Residency In Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship
The RISE Fellowship brings together the next generation of highly-motivated, mission-driven, early career social sector and community leaders (with approximately five or fewer years of professional experience), who are passionate about social change and advancing equity. Launched in 2006 at New Sector Alliance, the RISE Fellowship formally transitioned to INP’s portfolio of programs in fall 2021 as part of a partnership agreement between the two organizations. Read more about the program transfer here.
What is the RISE Fellowship?
The RISE Fellowship is designed for early career individuals looking for impactful leadership development opportunities to propel their careers. During the program, RISE Fellows gain an understanding of how mission-driven, social impact organizations function, develop essential leadership and professional skills, and engage in mentoring relationships and networking. The RISE Fellowship includes:
- Monthly virtual seminars, all of which deeply integrate the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, that explore career development, build knowledge about the social impact sector, cover essential leadership skills, and introduce the fundamentals of design-thinking.
- Networking conversations with a diverse network of other nonprofit and social impact professionals to provide opportunities for connection, collaboration, and building social capital.
- One-on-one mentorship with a social impact professional during the program.
- Individualized coaching with INP Faculty to engage in action-oriented problem-solving for workplace based situations.
- Peer learning with groups that meet regularly to work on skill development, offer mutual support, and expand upon workshop topics together.
- Access to additional resources through INP’s active and diverse network. This includes learning from other equity-driven leaders including current students, alumni, faculty members, community partners, and funders.
INP charges a $1,500 tuition fee to participate in the RISE Fellowship, payable by employers or individuals. Some scholarships are available, so we encourage all high potential leaders working for mission-driven organizations to apply, and to ask your employer about possible professional development funding that may be available to you.
Generally, RISE Fellows meet every three weeks on Friday for an all-day session (10:30am – 4:30pm EST | 9:30am – 3:30pm CT | 7:30am -1:30pm PT, with breaks). Seminars are facilitated by a lead INP Faculty Member, complemented by guest instructors, and include engaging presentations, case discussions, and small group work with a cohort of 10 to 25 peers.
Seminar topics include:
- Designing Your Future: Employing Design Thinking to Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Shape Your Career
- Building a Culture of Belonging: Maintaining Authenticity Inside Your Organization
- Discovering and Maximizing Your Communication Style and Approach to Working With Others
- Leadership Identity Assessment and Formation: Identifying and Leading Through Your Values
- Results-Focused Work: Setting and Achieving Your Goals and Creating a Work Plan
- Nonprofit Governance: Understanding How Decisions Are Made Inside Your Organization
- Nonprofit Finance: Understanding How Resources Are Allocated Inside Your Organization
- Making Self Care Habitual: From Resolutions to Lasting Behavior Change
- Impact Conversations with Social Impact Professionals
Who is an ideal RISE Fellow?
At INP, we know that the learning experience in the classroom is strengthened by the diversity of our participants, and through our programs we are working to create a social impact sector which is more effective, innovative, equitable and connected. Our cohorts represent individuals from a wide array of fields and roles, from education to the environment, human services and organizing and from finance to fundraising. We encourage candidates across all identities, backgrounds, and organizations to apply. All Fellowship activities will be conducted virtually in 2022, so there are no geographic restrictions for Fellows entering the cohort.
Ideal candidates for the RISE Fellowship program are:
- Early career professionals (with approximately five or fewer years of professional experience) who are committed to working within the social impact sector.
- Growth-oriented individuals who are passionate about social justice, racial and gender equity work, and community change.
- Individuals who are seeking to expand their careers, organizational impact, and enhance their leadership and impact through classroom learning, practical application and network building.
How to apply for the RISE Fellowship
Please submit your application online here. There are no geographic restrictions for Fellows entering the cohort in 2022 as all RISE programming is being offered virtually until further notice. We encourage candidates from any geographic location in the U.S. and territories to apply.
INP charges a $1,500 tuition fee to participate in the RISE Fellowship. Some scholarships are available, so we encourage all high potential leaders working for mission-driven organizations to apply.