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Become a Fellowship Host Organization


Host an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow

We are no longer accepting applications to host a Rose Fellow in 2016-2018.Applications to host a fellow 2017-2019 will be posted in 2016. Hear about it first! Sign up for our mailing list to receive a notification when new opportunities are available.


Organizations that apply to host to an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow understand the need for community engagement, sustainability and excellent design. What they seek in hosting a fellow is the capacity to make these principles a reality for their organization. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship gives the host a passionate team member dedicated to this pursuit. In exchange, the host offers the Fellow career-enhancing on-the-ground experience with community development processes and financing. Together the host and fellow define a future of design excellence for the organization.

An Enterprise Rose Fellow works for three years as part of the host organization’s staff, assisting with development tasks from planning and design at the building, site and neighborhood scales to financing applications and public approvals. All Enterprise Rose Fellows hold a professional degree in Architecture, and most are pursuing licensure or are recently licensed. Host organizations also benefit from the Enterprise Rose Fellowship program and network of designers and developers.

Enterprise partners with the host organization to fund the salary of the fellow and provides mentorship and training opportunities for the fellow. The host supports the development of the fellow’s career by providing the necessary assignments, work environment, supervision, and fringe benefits.


Host organizations must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to excellence in design, sustainable building principles, affordable housing, as well as meaningful community engagement in design and planning. Host organizations should be able to articulate their goals and challenges related to this commitment.
  • Track record of completing projects that promote neighborhood and community development for the benefit of low-income families.
  • Sufficient activities, projects and pipeline to provide challenging assignments for the fellow.
  • Ability to mentor; the fellow’s supervisor must be identified in the host’s application and have the capacity and mentoring skills to provide effective training and supervision.
  • Organization must be a 501(c)(3) community development corporation (CDC), community housing development organization (CDHO), or Tribally-Designated Housing Entity.
  • A strong working relationship with local or regional Enterprise offices is desirable but not required.

Application Process

The first step to becoming a Rose Fellowship host organization is to complete an application. Prospective host organizations are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with the Enterprise Rose Fellowship team prior to submittal. Applications should include a draft work plan for the first 15 months of the fellowship term, as well as proof of 501(c)(3) or Tribally-Designated Housing Entity Status.

The templates for the draft work plan can be found here.


Host organization Application due February 6, 2015
Host organization finalists notified Mar 2015
Host organizations selected Apr 2015
Fellowship applications open May 2015
Fellowship application deadline Jun 2015
Selection committee meeting & host orientation Sep 2015
Interviews with finalists and fellow selection Oct 2015
Fellowship term begins Jan 2016
Fellowship term ends Dec 2018

DOWNLOAD the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship Manual

Nella Young, Program Officer