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Wild Gift Fellows

Fellowships to USA and Canada Individuals for
Leadership Training and Wilderness Experiences

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Deadline Date:

05/24/20 5:00 PM Pacific Time


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Fellowships to USA and Canada individuals to foster character building and business skill development. Eligible applicants are young environmental and social entrepreneurs. Fellows will participate in wilderness retreats that build leadership, teamwork, and connection. Additionally, fellows will receive support from mentors and peers.

Wild Gift is a nonprofit organization that supports the next generation of social and environmental entrepreneurs through a unique wilderness-based Fellowship. Over 60 Wild Gift Fellows are now working around the world in affordable housing, conservation, community development, education, energy innovation, public policy, and sustainable agriculture. 

The Fellowship year includes three wilderness experiences: The Deep Wilderness Trek at the beginning, the mid-Fellowship retreat, and the 1-week retreat and celebration close after successfully completing all requirements of the Fellowship. Lessons learned in the challenging, unpredictable environment of a wilderness expedition have direct applications to today’s business world. The Wild Gift—an extended wilderness expedition in the Idaho backcountry—challenges Fellows physically and emotionally, takes them out of their comfort zone, and connects them to the natural world on a very personal level. Fellows unplug, incubate ideas, envision their work and lives, and gain the courage, resilience, balance and grit critical to effective leadership. This experience has a bonding effect, inspiring a collaborative spirit and a holistic worldview.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163352

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Fellows receive a:
- Guided three-week deep wilderness trek in the Idaho backcountry
- Mid-Fellowship retreat self-organized by your fellow Fellows with support from Wild Gift
retreat and celebration in Sun Valley together with Wild Gift’s Board of Directors at the close of your Fellowship
- Two $500 allowances for airfare to Idaho
- Access to entrepreneurship mentor(s) who can work with you throughout the course of your Fellowship
- Opportunity to participate in Wild Gift alumni retreats and trips
- Lifetime membership in the vibrant Wild Gift Network that includes alumni, mentors, and supporters.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship program is for 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible candidates for the Fellowship should meet the following criteria:
- U.S. or Canadian citizen
- Between the ages of 21 and 35 as of September 1, 2020
- Has started (or intends to start) a venture that will lead to a better world
- Is interested in a wilderness-based leadership program that includes a 3-week Deep Wilderness Trek, a mid-Fellowship retreat (designed by the Fellows), and a 1-week wilderness retreat and celebration at Fellowship close.

- Wild Gift works with entrepreneurs with a germ of an idea to a fully operational social or environmental ventures. At a minimum, you should have written plans for a social or environmental venture that serves the Wild Gift mission.
- Wild Gift seeks applications for innovative entrepreneurs creating high-impact social and environmental change, regardless of business structure.
- Only one founder may apply per organization. As a result, please choose only one individual to represent your organization for this fellowship application. However, this does not require you to change your internal leadership structure. Even if only one founder can be a Wild Gift Fellow, you can have as many people leading your organization as you see fit.
- Preference will be given to applicants who come from diverse personal, professional, and cultural backgrounds and experiences including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education level, culture, religion, venture-focus, disability, physical appearance, or other differences.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for Applicants and Selection:
- April 27, 2020: Application goes live
- May 24, 2020: Applications due at 5pm Pacific Time
- Late June 2020: Finalists notified and interviews scheduled
- Early July 2020: New class announced

Note: The wilderness trek is often a 3-week backpacking trip in August-September. Wild Gift, like all organizations, is responding and adapting to the challenges posed by Coronavirus. Wild Gift is committed to offering the incoming class of fellows the classic deep wilderness experience, which may take the shape of a summer backpacking trek (August - September 2020), late fall snow-shoe trek (November 2020), or late spring ski or snow-shoe tour (April 2021). Timing is dependent on the organization’s, and the nation’s, capacity to travel and gather safely.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Wild Gift
P.O. Box 1151
Hailey, ID 83333

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