ZSR will not be hosting a fellow during 2024-2025. If you are interested in a fellowship that starts in summer 2025 or beyond, please sign up for our email list for updates.
About the Fellowship
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) offers one two-year, full-time, paid fellowship to an individual who demonstrates an interest in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector.
The fellow acquires increasing responsibility over the course of two years in evaluating grant proposals, visiting with grant applicants and grant partners, assisting with grantmaking administration, managing the Non-Profit Internship Program and directing their own projects that align with the Foundation’s mission and priority areas. Through the grant process and related programs, the fellow gains experience with nonprofit organizations, public policy, ZSR Trustees and other leaders across North Carolina.
The ZSR Fellowship began in 1992 as a one-year fellowship, then became a two-year program in 2000.
Eligible candidates must have roots in or be current 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; 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 and Timeline
The fellowship application typically opens in December and closes in January. ZSR interviews 8-10 candidates, and the selected fellow typically begins on July 1.
ZSR will not be hosting a fellow during 2024-2025. If you are interested in a fellowship that starts in summer of 2025 or beyond, sign up for our email list for updates.
We invite you to contact Joanna Martinez with any questions.