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Become a Fellow


Become a Fellow

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For reference, you can review past opportunities below. Questions? Contact the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship office at 781.235.2006 or

The highly competitive Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship develops the next generation of leaders in community- based design. Rose Fellows take part in a unique three-year experience offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. As integral members of their host organizations’ staff, fellows gain practical experience in site acquisition, site planning, architectural design, developing financial pro-formas, applying for financing and obtaining public approvals. Fellows also typically help their hosts improve standards and practices for design excellence, sustainability and community engagement. Rose Fellows also gain a national support system of colleagues who share their passion for public interest architecture and community development.

As full-time employees of their host organizations, fellows earn an annual stipend plus the standard insurance and benefits package provided by their host organization. The stipend for fellowships beginning in 2015 is $50,000.

Fellowship Opportunities for 2015-2017:


Sustainable supportive housing and mental health services
Sustainable supportive housing and mental health services
Organization: A Community of Friends
Location: Los Angeles

As part of an organization that provides supportive housing with on-site mental health services, the Rose Fellow will work within ACOF to integrate design into the organization’s processes and to continue achieving the highest levels of enviromental sustainability. The fellow will also work towards helping ACOF explore integration of commercial space, public art and community gardens, as well as connection to the broader community.
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District-level placemaking and transit-oriented development District-level placemaking and transit-oriented development
Organization: The Cornerstone Group
Location: Minneapolis

The fellow will work to create mixed-use, mixed-income housing connected to transit and vibrant public spaces in Minneapolis and its first-ring suburbs. The fellow will take part in implementing a district systems approach that demonstrates financial, social, and economic benefits to residents and local community members.
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Green healthy neighborhoods in Oakland's East Bay Green healthy neighborhoods in Oakland’s East Bay
Organization: East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Location: Oakland

The fellow will have a transformative effect on EBALDC by deeply incorporating the design discipline to build more healthy, sustainable neighborhoods for the diverse populations of the East Bay. The fellow will also help EBALDC to better address the needs of residents by strengthening the organization’s community engagement processes.
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Economic revitalization in Detroit’s East Jefferson corridor
Photo credit: Bob Goldsmith, Creative Commons
Economic revitalization in Detroit’s East Jefferson corridor
Organization: Jefferson East, Inc. & Villages CDC
Location: Detroit

Hosted in partnership between JEI and the Villages CDC, the fellow will integrate neighborhood green infrastructure and place-making efforts, urban planning implementation, and design excellence with site specific redevelopment efforts. The comprehensive revitalization strategy in JEI and the Villages includes projects ranging from housing acquisition and rehabilitation, activating storefronts and fostering creative small businesses, to corridor wide transit oriented project pre-development design and planning initiatives.
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Aging in Community in Boston Aging in Community in Boston
Organization: Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
Location: Boston

JCHE will welcome a fellow to play a key role in designing, promote, and furthering JCHE's vision for communities where seniors age in communities of support, engagement, and independence. The fellow will make exceptional design an integral part of JCHE’s decision-making process across all facets of its work, including new development, modernization, property management, and service delivery.
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Innovative rural housing and neighborhood development Innovative rural housing and neighborhood development
Organization: Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
Location: Slayton, Minn.

The fellow will help SWMHP transform project planning for its green affordable housing developments in communities across southern Minnesota. Based in Slayton and Mankato, the fellow will use responsive design strategies to ensure that both urban and rural projects can bring the best of neighborhood integration, community space, and sustainability to its residents.
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Application Contents + Eligibility


The online application form will require you to enter your contact information, educational history, accredited degree, and recent employment information. The majority of the application content is in the required attachments to be uploaded. We require that all Rose Fellows have an NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture Degree and be legally able to work in the US.

Required Attachments

Portfolio of Work: Please provide a portfolio with examples of your highest quality work in a pdf format no larger than 10 mb. Portfolio work relevant to community development and community design is particularly encouraged.

Resume: Please include dates, firms/employers, locations, titles, and responsibilities.

Unofficial Transcripts: Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended via the online application system. If selected for an interview, sealed official transcripts will be required.

Recommendations: Letters of recommendation should be solicited from two people who can objectively comment on performance in academic, professional and community settings. Each completed recommendation letter should be submitted through the on-line application system. Letters from personal or family friends or from co-workers are considered inappropriate and are detrimental to the application.

Design Critique: In addition to two recommendation letters, applicants must submit one critique by a Design Studio Critic, Desk Critic, Architectural Employer or other recommender in a position to objectively comment on both creative and technical design ability. The critique should be one page in length and should discuss the applicant's architectural ability in an honest manner. Each completed recommendation letter should be submitted through the on-line application.

Responses to Essay Questions: Applicants must address the following 4 essay questions.


Please combine your essay responses into a single file not exceeding 10 MB and include your name at the top of the document.

Essay 1 - Statement of Intent: Please describe, in 1-2 sentences, your long-term career objective in community-based design.

Essay 2: Describe a project or experience that motivated you to be a community-based architect. (1 page max)

Essay 3: How do you anticipate that the fellowship experience will impact your work in the future? (1 page max)

Essay 4: Please review the work plan for the organization to which you are applying and respond to the questions below. (2 pages max)

What is your overall impression of the fellowship plan?
What would be your approach to implementing this plan?
Do you bring any special background or expertise that will assist you in executing this plan with this organization?
NOTE: The work plan is a living document and subject to change. The fellow will work with the supervisor to update and revise the workplan at the beginning of the fellowship.

Selection Criteria

Criteria used to select fellows are:

  1. Substance and clarity of essays
  2. Quality of fellowship plan critique
  3. Past experience with a relevant community work
  4. Evidenced commitment to public service
  5. Design ability
  6. Architectural experience (NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture Degree is required)
  7. Academic performance
  8. Quality and substance of recommendations
  9. Presentation and responses during interviews