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Here are some of the most popular questions we are asked about the process of selecting our mentors and fellows. If you have a question that does not appear here, please contact Executive Director, Kate Brumage, at [email protected].

How do you select your mentors?

Our mentors are nominated by Butler Koshland Fellowships Advisory Committee and then approached by a committee member to participate in the program.

What qualities does the committee look for in mentors?

There are two hard rules about what qualifies a mentor to serve: their work must focus on positive social change and they must be considered an extraordinary leader in their field. Our mentors usually hold the executive position within their organization. Some lead large organizations while others have taken a fellow to assist during a start-up year where they are the only staff person. Because we operate via a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are prohibited from funding partisan political work.

I know someone who I think would be a great mentor. Can I tell you about them?

Please do! Contact Executive Director, Kate Brumage, at [email protected] and send her a short note about why you think the person should be considered.

How do you find your fellows?

We advertise each fellowship on,, and We also reach out to groups and associates who we think might know emerging leaders with the skills we’re looking for.

How can I be notified about future fellowship opportunities?

Please subscribe to our Fellowship Information mailing list here. You can also sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter here if you are interested in receiving information about future fellowship opportunities as well as other BKF news. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we announce all fellowships.

What kind of degrees and experience do fellows need to have?

Because our mentors work in many fields, each fellowship is different and thus the skills needed by fellows vary widely. Please see individual fellowship announcements for a detailed description of what is required for that particular one. In general we look for people who have at least a few years of professional work, a demonstrated dedication to public service, a good work ethic, a strong desire to learn, and a unique perspective to share with the program. It’s also important that our fellows are enthusiastic about being part of Butler Koshland Fellowships and getting to know other program participants. Please see our mission statement to read more about the community our fellows create and belong to.