A Fellowship Created By the Region For the Region

Highlander Research and Education Center and Rural Support Partners with support from the Ford Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the One Foundation, conducted a participatory research and planning process using focus groups and interviews. This research accomplished the following:

  • Assessed regional capacity and development needs of Central Appalachia
  • Identified the potential structure, components, and objectives of a regional fellowship
  • Rallied fellowship support by engaging potential host organizations, fellows, and funders
  • Conducted best practices research with national fellowship programs at organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Center for Progressive Leadership, and the Next Generation Leadership Program

Thanks to regional support and the efforts of research participants in the planning process, the Appalachian Transition Fellowship was created to help elevate emerging community leaders, foster cross-sector partnership, and accelerate the economic transition of Central Appalachia.

We would like to extend a thank you to all the individuals and institutions that participated in focus groups around the Central Appalachian region. We would like to thank the following fellowship and leadership development programs, who offered their time and support to our development process.