Fellowship FAQs

How are projects created?

We work closely with our government and community partners to co-create fellowship projects based on their highest priority challenges. All projects are created with the following criteria:

  • Achieve positive impact in the community.
  • Focus on the fundamental equity considerations within the issue areas.
  • Benefit from new approaches or process reforms.
  • Relate to an existing departmental goal or initiative.
  • Have direct lines to senior department leadership.
  • Establish clear deliverables that are achievable over the course of the fellowship.
  • Leverage the skills and experiences of an executive-level fellow.
How do fellows and government partners work with each other?

Executive Fellows work full time and are embedded in the government agency that is hosting their project. Executive Fellows work directly with a leader in the government agency with respect to completion of the project’s goals and assignments; they also work with a senior-level leader in the agency who helps communicate the Executive Fellow’s strategic role and value to key stakeholders. Executive Fellows also reach out to a wide array of community partners and non-governmental stakeholders to integrate them into the work of the project.

How are projects funded?

The cost of a fellowship is covered by the government partner and/or philanthropic partners.

Where are projects located?

Our projects are located in cities and counties across the country. Please see Where We Work to learn about the cities and counties where we have hosted and are currently hosting projects. We are continually developing partnerships with new cities and counties and will be adding to this page as new projects arise.

When do the fellowships begin and end?

Fellowships are announced on a rolling basis throughout the year. Each fellowship description will specify its expected beginning and end dates. Please check our website regularly for updates about projects and timelines.

When do you begin accepting applications?

General applications are accepted throughout the year. As fellowship opportunities become available, they will be announced through FUSE social media and the FUSE recruiting newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

Applicants are asked to submit only one application in order to be considered for all currently available or future projects. All candidates will receive an e-mail acknowledgement that their fellowship application has been successfully received and is under review. If FUSE identifies an alignment between your experience and interests and the goals of the fellowship program, you will be contacted by a recruiter to begin a conversation.

How long does it take to fill out the application?

The initial application has been designed to take less than 15 minutes to complete. In addition to answering common application questions, you will be asked to upload your current resume and indicate your professional interests and geographic preferences. Applicants who advance in the consideration process will then be asked to provide a formal statement about how they would contribute to the government agency in which they would be assigned and the community being served by the project, as well as to provide professional references.

Can I be considered for more than one opportunity?

Our team considers candidates for all available projects based on their skills and expertise. Candidates need only apply to one project to be considered for all available fellowships. Candidates contacted for an interview are asked to inform the FUSE recruiter if they are open to being considered for other fellowship projects as well.

How long is the interview process?

The interview process can take from three to 12 weeks, depending on when you apply and the fellowship start date. After reviewing applications, FUSE schedules 30-minute phone interviews with candidates to assess the technical skills needed for the project. Those initial conversations are also the appropriate time to discuss other projects that interest you and for which you would like to be considered. Selected applicants are moved forward to a video interview, which lasts about 45 minutes.

Applicants further advancing in the selection process will be asked to submit a short (500 word) statement describing how they would contribute to the government agency in which they would be assigned and the community being served by the project. Three professional references will also be requested.

Finally, two to four finalists are selected to interview with the stakeholders from the agency hosting the project. These interviews are held by video and are typically held at least three weeks prior to the start of the fellowship. From there, the cities and counties select the Executive Fellow who they believe will be the most successful with their particular project.

Selected Executive Fellows will need to clear a background check conducted by FUSE, as well as any agency-required background screens.

Finalists who are not selected for a FUSE fellowship are encouraged to consider opportunities for future FUSE fellowships.

Is the fellowship paid?

Yes. Executive Fellows are employees of FUSE Corps and receive an annualized base salary of $80,000. They also have access to a range of benefit options, including health, dental, and vision insurance.

Can I work on the fellowship part-time?

No. This fellowship is a full-time commitment to the work of the project as a singular professional priority for the entirety of the engagement.

Additionally, Executive Fellows must either live within a commutable distance to the host city or county agency office, or they must be willing to relocate if selected, as projects will likely require daily on-the-ground and in-person interaction with the host agency. FUSE does not provide relocation benefits to candidates who are interested in moving for a specific project.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, most projects are operating virtually with Executive Fellows working remotely, although certain projects are requiring some presence in the agency office.

How do Executive Fellows interact with other members of the FUSE community?

Executive Fellows have many opportunities to interact with other Executive Fellows, alumni, and FUSE staff through a variety of channels designed to support them in being as successful as possible in the achievement of project objectives.

At the outset of the fellowship, Executive Fellows participate in a multi-day orientation that introduces them to resources available throughout the project, including introductions to current and former Executive Fellows. Each month, FUSE hosts at least one virtual convening for Executive Fellows on a range of topics. Executive Fellows are provided a dedicated Slack channel, an online messaging platform for groups, that they can use to communicate with other Executive Fellows, ask for feedback, and share ideas. Regular newsletters are sent by FUSE to keep Executive Fellows apprised of each others’ accomplishments, as well as to provide information on program updates and opportunities. Executive Fellows have the opportunity to be paired with a professional executive coach. They are also assigned a dedicated FUSE staff member with whom they communicate regularly about the status of their project and  brainstorm other resources to support their project work.

FUSE currently operates all of its program virtually but may return to in-person events in the future.