ZSR Fellowship

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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one two-year, full-time, 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. *Note: The ZSR Fellowship is distinctly different from the Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy All For NC Fellowship.

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 priority 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

The deadline for the 2021 ZSR Fellowship has passed. We appreciate your interest and hope that you will consider applying next year.

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 February. Final decisions will be made shortly thereafter.

We invite you to contact Clare Bradshaw with any questions.