Host an Enterprise Rose Fellow

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Organizations apply to join the Enterprise Rose Fellowship because they seek to leverage the power of design, art, culture and creativity to tackle issues of equity, opportunity, and sustainability in the communities they serve. The Enterprise Rose Fellow is a passionate, full-time team member dedicated to this pursuit for two years. Fellows become fully emerged in the work of the organization and become a resource that allows their organization to pursue innovative efforts that might not otherwise be possible. Architecture fellows hold a professional degree in architecture or landscape architecture, and many are pursuing licensure or are already licensed. Arts fellows demonstrate experience applying their creative practice in a community-engaged context. 

Fellowships focus on a range of topics, including resident-oriented design, health and housing, community engagement, collaborative design processes, universal design, creative placemaking, and resilience and sustainability. Enterprise partners with the host organization to select the fellow and provides mentorship and training over the two-year period. By participating in the national cohort of fellows and hosts, both have the opportunity to share their work, connect with peers from across the country, and bring innovative ideas and best practices back to their local communities. Hosts also support the fellow by providing a comprehensive work plan, day-to-day supervision, a stimulating work environment, professional development opportunities and fringe benefits.

Application Process

Prospective host organizations are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with the Enterprise Rose Fellowship team before submitting an application. The application requires:

  • Narrative responses including organizational information and a statement of intent
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) or Tribally-Designated Housing Entity Status
  • A draft work plan for the first 12 months of the fellowship term (See workplan template and example)
  • A project pipeline and three years of audited financials may be requested as additional documentation

Selection Criteria

Host organizations must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to excellence in design, creative placemaking, sustainable building principles, affordable housing and meaningful community engagement
  • Openness to learning and experimentation in the areas mentioned above
  • Track record of completing projects that benefit low-income families
  • Sufficient projects and pipeline to provide challenging assignments
  • Ability to mentor and provide effective training and supervision
  • Strong working relationship with local or regional Enterprise offices is desirable but not required


The fellow receives an annual stipend paid through the host organization’s payroll. The exact amount of the stipend will be determined by Enterprise to attract competitive candidates.

Enterprise has some funding available to subsidize the stipend through a grant to the host organization. Organizations receiving this funding must have 501(c)(3) or Tribally-Designated Housing Entity Status.

Enterprise continually seeks local and national funds to help cover the Fellowship program costs. The application requests you provide a list of potential funders that might be interested in supporting the Fellowship. During the application process, host organizations should speak with the Rose Fellowship Program Director regarding fundraising needs and opportunities.


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