Paid fellowship to an individual who demonstrates an interest in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector.



See Award website for current deadline.


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Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Leadership and Business


US Citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA


Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

$44,000 for the first year, plus benefits


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one new fellowship each year to an individual who demonstrates an interest in philanthropy, public policy, the nonprofit sector and/or community service. The fellowship begins July 1 and lasts for two years. This position is salaried and includes benefits such as life insurance, medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, professional development funds, and reimbursement of expenses incurred through Foundation business. The fellow acts as a junior program officer and works with Foundation staff in evaluating grant proposals and visiting with grant applicants. Through the grant process, the fellow gains experience with nonprofit organizations, Foundation trustees, public policy advocates, and other leaders across North Carolina. Each fellow has the opportunity to assist in furthering projects related to the five focus areas of the Foundation: community economic development, democracy and civic engagement, the environment, pre-collegiate education, and social justice and equity. The fellow may also pursue subjects of personal interest, attend philanthropic and policy conferences and meetings, and shadow staff members to gain greater insight into Foundation-related initiatives.


Must be native or a resident 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.