Apply to be a Fellow

As we celebrate the successes of the inaugural fellowship cycle that ended in May 2015, the AppFellows management team is working diligently to complete a formal evaluation and documentation process that will allow us to incorporate lessons learned into a second cycle and share resources and materials of the program's replicable models for a just transition with a wide audience.

We are also steadily fundraising and working toward announcing a formal launch date for the second fellowship cycle and will be updating this site with that information as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, if you would like information about the program, please email

If you are committed to building a just and sustainable Appalachia, you can join a select group of emerging leaders from across the region in the Appalachian Transition Fellowship. The fellowship is a community partnership of innovative regional organizations, institutions, and other emerging leaders. The program is designed to be a full-time, 12-month program. 

The selection process is based on the following criteria:

  • Dedicated to the Central Appalachian Region 
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in their work or field of study
  • Serious about a career that will support the transition to a sustainable and equitable region
  • Interest in supporting economic development programs 
  • Strong collaboration, teamwork, and group decision-making skills
  • Commitment to working in rural areas 
  • Willingness to participate in year-long activities, including: seven skill workshops, four regional gatherings with host organizations, one-on-one and small group coaching

Application Components

1) Applicants complete an online application form.

2) Applicants mail their resume (no more than 2 pages) and a signed commitment and responsibility declaration to the Highlander Center.  

3) Applicants arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to the Highlander Research and Education Center using forms and instructions provided.  

4) Applicants complete the interview availability form included in the application information packet downloadable below. 

Click here to download application information that includes the Instructions, Commitment and Responsibility Declaration, and Recommendation Forms.  

Application Selection Process

Applications will first be reviewed by the Fellowship Management Team. Semi-finalists will interview with the management team, and  host communities will interview finalists.  The final selection will be made by the host community. The 2016 Fellowship program begins with a 10-day Appalachian Tour and Orientation. 

Apply here!