Fellowship Application

Gain the knowledge and guidance to grow as a leader and scale your organization.

The Gratitude Network Fellowship

Gratitude Network’s Fellowship is a free 1 year program for non-profit leaders and their organizations anywhere around the world. The program builds leaders’ confidence and capabilities and provides tools and processes for expanding the organization’s impact.

Gratitude Network Fellows have increased leadership confidence and lead more effectively. They have more aligned teams ready to execute a multi-year strategic plan to take the organization to their next level – ultimately increasing the children and youth they impact.

Each year, the Gratitude Network conducts a global search for established, social impact leaders who demonstrate a proven organization model serving children and youth who are committed to leadership growth and ready to take their organization to the next level. From over 1,000 applicants annually, we select up to 40 to participate in our program.

Our Applications for our 2024 Fellowship cohort are NOW CLOSED.

To learn more about our Fellowship program and the application process read below.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Morgan Banaszek, morgan@gratitude-network.org.

Applications for our 2024 cohort are now CLOSED.

Learn More about the Gratitude Network Fellowship

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    What is the Gratitude Network Fellowship Program?

    Free 1 year program (July-June)

    Fellows learn and develop through these program components*:

    – Leadership Coaching
    – Peer Networking
    – Scaling-Up Curriculum
    – Networking Events & Activities

    Monthly Virtual sessions
    10 hours monthly commitment

    Learn more about ‘Our Model & Impact’

    *Please note: The Fellowship is conducted in English. Applicants should have an advanced to fluent command of the English language.

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    Eligibility Requirements

    The Gratitude Network Fellowship Program is for both the organization’s leader and organization’s development. Applicants and the organization must meet ALL of the below eligibility requirements.



        – Legally registered non-profit, charity, NGO organization

        – At least two years old

        – Must have at least two full-time employees (including the applicant)

        – Beneficiaries must primarily be children/youth and served in one of the following categories: Education, Health and Well-being, Children’s Rights

        – Ready to scale and expand the impact of the organization



        – Has strategic decision making power for the organization

        – Committed full-time to the organization

        – Ready and interested to lead the organization through scaling and expanding impact

        – Adhere to the time commitments and schedule of the Gratitude Network Fellowship Program

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    Application Process

    Application Open Period: January 8 – February 18, 2024 

    Please read the sections below carefully prior to applying. or download the Gratitude Fellows Application Process

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    Benefits of Fellowship Program


       – Increased Leadership Confidence

       – Leads team more effectively

       – Knows leadership strengths and opportunities


       – Aligned leadership team

       – Clear expansion vision relevant to their community

       – Multi-year strategic plan for executing the vision

       – Scale


       – Change in Impact Trajectory

       – Increase in Children and Youth Impacted

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    Online Application

    2024 Fellowship Applications are now CLOSED


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Prior to starting your application, we recommend that you review these Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What is the time commitment for the Gratitude Network Fellowship?
    A. The average monthly time commitment for Gratitude Network Fellows is 7-10 hours per month

    Q. When does the 2024 Fellowship start?

    A. Our 2024 Fellowship Cohort will be on-boarded in June 2024, with official program sessions starting in July 2024.

    Q. What is the application deadline?

    A. For the 2024 Cohort, the deadline to complete Part 1 of the application is February 18, 2024. The deadline to complete Part 2 of the application is March 10, 2024. Selected applicants meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be invited to complete Part 2 of the application. 

    Q. What is the age range for “children and youth beneficiaries”?
    A. 25 years and younger

    Q. Are there any costs or fees for the Fellowship or to apply?
    A. There is no cost or fee to apply or participate in the Fellowship if selected.

    Q. What type of organizations are eligible to apply? What classifies as a legally registered non-profit, charity, NGO organization?
    A. Organizations applying for the Gratitude Network Fellowship, must be able to provide their non-profit organization status via registration and recognition by an official registry or governmental body

    Examples of charity/non-profit registration status include, but are not limited to:

    – 501c3 status in USA

    – Charity commission number in the UK

    – NGO registration under Societies Registration Act, Indian Trusts Act, or Companies Act (Section 8) in India

    – Equivalent non-profit registration in headquarter country

    Fiscally Sponsored organizations are eligible to apply
    Projects within larger organizations are not eligible to apply

    Q. What is classified as a 2 year old organization?
    A. The Gratitude Network accepts organizations that are 2 years old from their founding date, even if you only recently received legal non-profit registration status.

    Q. What qualifies as two full time equivalent (FTE) employees?
    A. We are looking for organizations that have the equivalent of two full time staff. One of these full-time employees should be the applicant. However, the other staff member could be 2 part-time staff that make up another full time position.

    Q. What types of services are included in the focus on Education, Health and Well-being, Children’s Rights?
    A. Education – such as school systems, training of teachers, education technology, and early childhood programs as well as how/what children learn at school or outside of the classroom (e.g. after-school or summer programs).
    Health and Well-being – such as addressing children’s basic needs, including poverty alleviation, nutrition, water, safe shelter, disease prevention, mental health, and social-emotional health.
    Children’s Rights – such as protecting children and families from abuse, exploitation, trafficking, incarceration, and other harm, as well as other advocacy.

    Q. What does ‘ready to scale’ mean?

    A. Organizations that are entering a “growth stage” beyond the “startup phase”. Generally this means that organizations at a minimum have a clear vision of the problem they are addressing, an effective solution that is in use, and can track and demonstrate the impact of that solution.
    We are looking for organizations that are ready to expand or deepen programing to make a larger impact on beneficiaries.
    This can include reaching more beneficiaries, starting new programs, adding more staff, further developing program offerings.

    Q. What does ‘strategic decision making power’ for the applicant mean?

    A. The role of the applicant should be one of the following or of a similar level:

    – Founder/Co-Founder

    -Executive Director


    As the applicant you are leading the organization and can influence and oversee the direction, aims and objectives of the organization at large

    Q. What does ‘committed full-time to the organization’  mean for the applicant?

    A.  We are looking for applicants that are currently active and engaged, working for the organization during the full year of the Fellowship. If you know you will take a sabbatical, go on parental or medical leave, etc. we would encourage you to hold off your application until the next Fellowship application year.

    Q. What does ‘committing to the Gratitude Network Fellowship Program’ encompass?

       – Attending monthly virtual cohort learning and peer sessions

       – Meeting monthly with coach (virtually, in-person if location allows)

       – 10 hours monthly time commitment

       – Will NOT be receiving other formal coaching/mentoring support during the Gratitude Network Fellowship Program year (July – June)

    Q. Are faxed or emailed applications accepted?

    A. No – faxed/emailed applications are not accepted.

    Q. Can multiple applications be submitted?

    A. No – please only submit one application per applicant/organization.

    Q. Can changes be made to the application once it’s submitted?

    A. No – changes cannot be made to an application once it’s submitted.

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