FAQs for Momentum Fellowship Applicants

FAQs for Momentum Fellowship Applicants

Momentum Fellowship Questions and Answers

What do fellows get out of the program?

  • Fellows experience personal and professional development opportunities that help them build on their leadership abilities.
  • Access to tools, strategies and support to help them navigate the philanthropic sector as a Person of Color.
  • Participants have the opportunity to network with other working professionals in the philanthropic sector and build relationships with other BIPOC emerging practitioners in philanthropy.
  • Fellows leave the fellowship with a deeper understanding of racial equity and identity in philanthropy.

What kind of support will fellows receive?

  • Philanthropy Northwest will facilitate a peer cohort learning experience through six in-person and virtual retreats.
  • Momentum Fellows will have free access to Philanthropy Northwest programming including networking opportunities, webinars, trainings and our annual conference.
  • Each Momentum Fellow will have a professional coach to work with individually and in peer-group settings.
  • Philanthropy Northwest staff will work with the fellows and their host sites to create opportunities for fellows to share their expertise and thought-leadership with the Philanthropy Northwest network and with the broader philanthropic sector.

What is professional coaching?

Coaching is a powerful, ongoing relationship that helps individuals focus and realize their visions and goals. With a professional coach, fellows will get the tools and support to remove obstacles and facilitate change. Participants can expect powerful and clarifying questions, focused and fine-tuned planning tools, and accountability.

Is this a paid fellowship?


Am I eligible if I am not from the Pacific Northwest or currently live there?

Candidates from outside the region are eligible if they are currently conducting work in one of Philanthropy Northwest’s member states: Alaska, Idaho, Hawai'i, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. If a candidate is neither living in one of these states nor doing work there, then they are not eligible to apply for the fellowship. 

What’s the time commitment of the fellowship?

Fellows will spend an average of 3-4 hours each month related to fellowship activities.

What’s the cost of the program?

The cost is based on the budget of the organization that each fellow is working at. We also use a sliding cost scale based on organization size to support increased participation and accept sponsorships from foundations that may not be hosting a fellow.

What’s the benefit to host sites?

  • The fellowship is an opportunity to invest in the leadership development of BIPOC emerging practitioners in the philanthropic sector.
  • Organizations support employee professional development by participating in the fellowship.
  • Regional and national recognition as participants in the program.
  • Access to Philanthropy Northwest’s racial equity programming and materials that are specifically tailored for philanthropic organizations.

What are the responsibilities of the host site?

We ask each host foundation to accommodate and support professional development opportunities offered to fellows by Philanthropy Northwest and to provide flexible work schedules to accommodate Philanthropy Northwest trainings and retreats. Philanthropy Northwest professional development will require a combination of six in-person and virtual retreats.

Where do I go to apply for the fellowship?

Please visit our main Momentum Fellowship webpage to learn the most up-to-date information on the fellowship.