Fulcrum Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

How should I submit my application materials?

Please submit through the digital application form. You will need to submit a letter of support from a direct supervisor, letter of CEO support, signed personal commitment to participate fully in all aspects of the program, and references. A guide for how to complete the application can be found here.

Will the review committee consider applications from persons with less than 10-15 years of experience?

No. The Fulcrum Fellowship is for experienced individuals who are on a path to senior-level leadership and have the authority to advance their proposed challenge now.  

Are the dates available for the five in-person sessions?

Dates for the sessions are provided below. Each session will be in Oakland, California. Only applicants who can participate in all in-person sessions in full should apply.

  • Session 1: June 10-11, 2020
  • Session 2: September 14-17, 2020
  • Session 3: December 1-3, 2020
  • Session 4: February 2-4, 2021
  • Session 5: May 5-6, 2021

What is the time commitment between in-person sessions?

Participation in the Fulcrum Fellowship requires a substantial and consistent time commitment. In addition to preparing for and attending all five in-person seminars, Fellows will commit to applying what they are learning and practicing their new skills so they can make substantial progress on their challenge between sessions. Other activities will include individualized coaching sessions, technical assistance calls, and group calls. 

Is there a financial cost?

No, there is no financial cost to participating in the program. Travel expenses are fully subsidized, and materials will be provided by the Center for Community Investment.

What happens after applications are submitted?

Complete applications are due February 11, 2020.  First-round interviews will be conducted in early March. Second-round interviews will take place in early April. All interviews will take place virtually.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 24, 2020 and will have until May 1, 2020 to confirm participation in the program.

What is the Center looking for in a challenge proposal?

Challenges will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Achievement of the challenge would make a significant difference to the wellbeing of a low-income community.  Success would involve the attainment of specified outcomes, not merely the performance of certain activities.
  • The challenge is meaningful to the applicant’s organization and community and reflects community priorities.
  • The challenge is ripe to address now.
  • The challenge would require changes in behavior by multiple stakeholders, as well as a certain degree of risk-taking. The application reflects an honest and realistic understanding of what it will take to achieve the challenge and the applicant is positioned to make an important contribution to success.
  • The challenge is core to the applicant’s existing work (i.e., this is not a distraction, but rather an integral part of the job).

What qualities is the Center seeking in Fellowship applicants?

The Fellowship is designed for leaders who feel ready to dig into the realms of system and personal change. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a willingness to learn, take risks, participate actively in system transformation, and both contribute to and benefit from a diverse cohort of talented peers. Fellows must be able to commit to completing the program and must have the support of their organization, including both top leadership and their direct supervisor.

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions or would like to connect with us, please email fulcrum@centerforcommunityinvestment.org.

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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