ZSR Fellowship

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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one two-year, paid fellowship (beginning July 1) to an individual who demonstrates an interest in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector. This position is salaried and includes benefits.

The fellow acquires increasing responsibility over the course of two years in evaluating grant proposals, visiting with grant applicants, assisting with grantmaking administration, working on projects of importance to the Foundation, and providing additional support to Foundation staff as needed. Through the grant process and related programs, the fellow gains experience with nonprofit organizations, public policy, Foundation trustees and other leaders across North Carolina. Each fellow has the opportunity to assist in furthering projects related to the current focus areas of the Foundation. The fellowship is structured to enable the fellow to further explore areas that are of interest to his or her professional development and that align with the Foundation’s goals, mission and vision. The fellow is also responsible for coordinating the Foundation's internship programs.


Eligible candidates must be natives or residents of North Carolina and/or graduates of an accredited North Carolina college or university. Further qualifications include strong communication skills, both written and verbal; the ability to multi-task; the desire to contribute to an ever-changing work environment; a sense of responsibility and personal initiative; confidence and poise; willingness to work as a team player; and respect for diverse communities and leadership. Preference is given to recent college/university graduates. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Interested candidates should complete the application below. Applications are due by January 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Expected Timeline

After the deadline, an initial review of the applications will be completed. After this review, between eight and ten applicants will be chosen as finalists and will be interviewed by Foundation staff. Applicants not chosen as finalists will be notified by email. Finalist interviews will take place by late January. Final decisions will be made shortly thereafter.

We invite you to contact Jose Oliva with any questions.

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Fellowship History

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellowship began in 1992 as a one-year fellowship, and then became a two-year program in 1998. The Foundation currently has two fellows at a time who serve two-year, staggered terms. To date, 23 fellows have gone through the program. Below is a list of where they are now.

Previous Fellows

Fellow Fellowship Years Current Location Position
Keren Salim 2014-2016 Boston, MA Law Student, Northeastern University
Ben Barge 2013-2015 Washington, DC Field Associate, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Allie Yee 2012-2014 Durham, NC Associate Director, Institute for Southern Studies
Meisha McDaniel 2011-2013 Chapel Hill, NC Graduate Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
Darrell Scott 2010-2012 Washington, DC
Incubator Program Leader, LearnServe International
John Francis 2009-2011 Hickory, NC
Executive Director, Helping Hands Clinic of Caldwell County
Mary Small 2008-2010 Washington, DC
Policy Director, Detention Watch Network
Taylor Ansley 2007-2009 Winston-Salem, NC VP of Product Development, Sweb Development
Brika Eklund 2006-2008 Durham, NC Special Assistant to the EVP, Self Help
DJ Vaughn 2005-2007 Memphis, TN Senior Communication Specialist, Corporate Giving Department, FedEx (World Headquarters)
Katherine Didow 2004-2006 Cambridge, MA
Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Justice
Megan Wilson Boyle 2003-2005 Birmingham, AL
Attorney, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Eric Johnson 2002-2004 Charlotte, NC Engagement Manager, The Chartis Group
Sarah Moore Phillips 2001-2003 Davidson, NC Vice President, General Counsel, Davidson College
Abby Williford Kocher 2000-2001 Morganton, NC

Pastor, Salem United Methodist Church

Andrew Holton 1999-2000 Raleigh, NC
Joy Vermillion Heinsohn 1998-1999 Winston-Salem, NC Assistant Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Lina James 1997-1998 Charlotte, NC Assistant City Attorney, City of Charlotte
Mamie Williams Broadhurst
Louisville, KY
Pastor, Presbyeterian Church USA and Mission Coworker: Pastoral Accompanier for Human Rights and Displaced Persons
Andrew Foster Connors 1995-1996 Baltimore, MD Pastor, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church
Edward (Ted) Lord 1994-1995 Spring Hope, NC Vice President of Programs and Staff Attorney, Golden LEAF Foundation
Ed Wilson 1993-1994 Wentworth, NC Superior Court Judge, Rockingham County
Kristen Bargeron Grant 1992-1993 St. Paul, MN