2015-16 Host Community and Fellow applications are now being accepted!
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Deadline: April 10, 2015
2015-16 Application Timeline
December 15, 2014 : 2015-16 Host Community Initial Applications Open / 2015-16 Fellowship Applications Open
January 15, 2015: Host Community Informational Webinar
January 26, 2015: Philanthropy Community Informational Webinar
February 15, 2015: Deadline for Host Community Initial Applications
February 17, 2015: Fellowship Webinar
February 27, 2015: Announcement of Finalist Host Community Applicants
March 2015: Site Visits with Finalist Host Community Applicants
April 1, 2015: Deadline for Final Host Community Applications
April 10, 2015: Deadline for Fellowship Applications
April 17, 2015: Announcement of 2015-16 Host Communities
May 2015: 2015-16 Host Community/Fellow Matching Interviews
May 18-19, 2015: 2014-15 Appalachian Transition Fellowship Closing Gathering
May 29, 2015: Announcement of 2015-16 Host Community/Fellow Final Projects
September 9-17, 2015: 2015-16 Fellowship Program Begins with Appalachian Tour and Orientation
Featured Blog Post
by Eric Dixon
What is the Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program?
The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 15 emerging community leaders who are committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. Central Appalachia is defined as West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Appalachian Ohio and Western North Carolina.
This program offers the opportunity to spend a year working within host communities to help foster cross-sector (education, nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropy, and government) partnerships, provide needed capacity to regional efforts, and build personal and professional skills. Through institutional placements, independently designed projects, training, and mentoring, the program gives emerging leaders and host organizations skills and networks needed to advance economic and social change in the region.
Central Appalachia is engaged in a period of economic transition. While the decline of previously stable industries such as coal and manufacturing bring significant economic instability, it also offers Appalachia the opportunity to focus on the long-term well-being of its people and its communities. This economic transition allows regionally-based industries to prosper while also protecting and supporting the environmental and social well-being of the region. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship (AppFellows) seeks to increase the connectivity and capacity of Appalachian institutions and leaders while building a collective analysis and seeding projects to change the systemic problems in our region, leading to a just and sustainable Appalachian economy.
2014-15 Host Communities and Fellows
Appalachian Citizen's Law Center, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC), and Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) / Fellow: Eric Dixon - Whitesburg, KY
Community Farm Alliance, Foundation for Appalachian KY and Foundation for a Healthy KY/ Fellow: Mae Humiston - Eastern KY
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC), City of Benham and Christian Outreach with Appalachian People (COAP) / Fellow: Josh Outsey - Benham, KY
Carolina Textile District and Opportunity Threads / Fellow: Willa Johnson - Morganton, NC
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACENet), American Electric Power, Athens City Government and Rural Action / Fellow: Carol Davey - Athens, OH
ReUse Industries, Ohio University Voinovich School and Rural Action Zero Waste Streams / Fellow: Zack Swick - Athens, OH
UT Dept of Sociology and Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED) / Fellow: Tom Torres - Knoxville, TN
Appalachian Sustainable Development and Virginia Tech / Fellow: Derrick Von Kundra - Abingdon, VA
Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and City of Spencer / Fellow: Adam Hall - Parkersburg, WV
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Mountain View Solar and One Foundation / Fellow: Tyler Cannon - Huntington, WV
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Charleston Area Medical Center (CMAC) and Corey Brothers / Fellow: Joey Aloi - Charleston, WV
WV Center for Civic Life, WV Community Development Hub and WV PBS / Fellow: Catherine Moore - Statewide West Virginia
The Alliance for Appalachia and Virginia Tech / Fellow: Kendall Bilbrey