Apply to be a Host Community

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications from groups interested in serving as host communities for the 2017 cohort of the Appalachian Transition Fellowship.  If you would like more information about how you can be involved in the 2017 cycle or express interest in becoming a host community for the 2018 cohort, please email our team at


If you are an organization or network committed to building a just and sustainable Appalachia, you can join a community partnership of regional organizations, institutions, and emerging leaders. 

Selection of community hosts is determined by the Management Team with advisement from the Resource Team. The selection process is based upon the following criteria:

  • The host community partnership is between a cross-sectoral network or two or three cross-sectoral institutions (i.e. business, educational institutions, non-profit, philanthropy and government)
  • The projects selected for the fellowship will support entrepreneurial opportunities within the promising sectors of renewable energy/energy efficiency, local food systems, health, and other sectors that support Appalachia’s transition to an economy based on the human and natural assets of the region. Overall, each project should connect to and fit within the Appalachian Transition Framework. Click here to view this framework, which identifies the strategies, promising sectors, and partnerships that will advance Appalachia’s transition
  • Enthusiasm and capacity for supporting the skills of emerging leaders
  • Interest in developing sustainable and just economic development programs within Central Appalachia
  • Proven ability to work well with others on collective visions and goals
  • Commitment to having and maintaining an equitable and inclusive work environment
  • Understands their community and the issues they are committed to impacting


Responsibilities of Host Communities

Host communities will work collaboratively with the management team to create a preliminary work plan and vision for fellows that outlines the purpose, learning & professional goals, and tasks for fellows. During this planning process, hosts will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining their roles and responsibilities to other hosts and participating institutional partners, their fellow, and the fellowship. As part of this MOU, host communities will agree to attend quarterly gatherings as well as allow fellows to meet their obligations to the fellowship.