Fellowship Development Fund

The Fellowship Development Fund provides financial support of up to $500 USD to official WMI Fellowships. This funding opportunity is available to groups that have newly formed (0-2 years) and fellowships that have existed for over 2 years with the focus on sustaining development and growth.  

Areas of Funding Support

Fellowships can apply for partial funding support for the following areas:

  • Registration fee cost
  • Transportation stipends to support student scholars to attend scheduled meetings and community events
  • Community events and fellowship meetings
  • Professional and/or fellowship development activities
  • Fellowship income-generating projects

How to Apply

  • Only official WMI Fellowship may apply. If you are a WMI Scholar and are interested in starting a WMI Fellowship in your nation, read more here.
  • Identify your WMI Fellowship’s current lifecycle stage. Does the fellowship qualify for start-up funding or sustaining development funding?
  • Review the corresponding funding support categories.
  • Work together to select which areas of support the group could utilize most effectively. Note: Fellowships can apply for one support area or a combination of many, keeping in mind that the maximum award is $500.
  • Carefully plan activities and use the correct WMI budget templates.
  • Have one leadership member submit the Google Form application with supporting documents.
  • The application will be reviewed, feedback will be provided, and an award decision will follow. 

Fellowship Lifecycle Stages: Start-Up (0-2 years)

Newly formed WMI Fellowships and those yet to complete two years as an official group qualify to apply for the following partial funding support categories*:

Registration fee costs 

Up to 50% of a registration fee budget may be covered by the Fellowship Development Fund. 

Considerable research should take place to learn about the benefits and considerations (expense, annual reporting requirements, official documents, etc.) for legally registering a group/organization in your country. Some fellowships have learned that they can successfully operate, organize events, and attract community partners and supporters by registering as a student university club, while other groups have registered with the equivalent of a community-based organization status. 

Information required for the application: 

  • A written summary of why it is important for the WMI Fellowship to register in your nation
  • Brief summary of the registration options
  • Statement of the registration choice selected by the Fellowship
  • The registration requirements, initial cost, and annual cost (if applicable)
  • Budget of the amount requested (up to 50%) through this fund and what other source(s) will pay for the remainder.

Transportation stipends for student scholars to attend meetings and community events**

Up to 50% of public transportation costs will be considered for student scholars only to attend scheduled meetings and community events. **Only transportation costs in-country will be supported.

Information required for the application: 

  • Date and location of planned meeting/event
  • Budget template that demonstrates the student scholars planning to attend and costs for round-trip public transportation.

Community event and meeting expenses: 

Up to 50% for community event(s) and meeting budgets will be considered for support funding.

Complete the community event/meeting template which includes:

  • Name of event/meeting
  • Date of the event/meeting
  • Location
  • Planned activities
  • Goals and objectives
  • Participant list (fellowship members, volunteers, partners)
  • Measurement and evaluation plan (if applicable)
  • Budget

Fellowship income-generating project start-up costs:

Up to 50% of an income-generating project start-up costs will be considered for support funding.

Information required for the application: 

  • Full project proposal including a market survey (showing that there is a demand for the service/item)
  • Planning timeline (indicating which scholars are responsible for individual tasks)
  • Expense budget and anticipated revenue budget with projections of at least 12-months must be provided.

Professional/fellowship development activities:

Up to 50% of the budget for Fellowship members to participate in a group professional development activity will be considered for support funding.

Workshop ideas include CV development, business planning, proposal writing, budgeting, etc.

Complete the professional/fellowship development template which includes:

  • Name of activity
  • Date
  • Location
  • Presenter/hosting organization
  • Goals and objectives
  • Participant list
  • Budget

*Fellowships can apply for one of these support areas or multiple. If applying for multiple support areas the total amount requested from the WMI Fellowship Development Fund can not exceed $500 USD.

Fellowship Lifecycle Stages: Sustaining Development (2+ years)

Fellowships that have been in existence for two-years or more will have the ability to apply for the following Fellowship Development Fund support areas*:

Fellowship income-generating project start-up costs:

Up to 50% of an income-generating project start-up costs will be considered for support funding.

Information required for the application: 

  • Full project proposal including a market survey (showing that there is a demand for the service/item)
  • Planning timeline (indicating which scholars are responsible for individual tasks)
  • Expense budget and anticipated revenue budget with projections of at least 12-months must be provided.

Transportation stipends for student scholars to attend meetings and community events**

Up to 50% of public transportation costs will be considered for student scholars to attend scheduled meetings and community events. **Only transportation costs in-country will be supported.

Information required for the application: 

  • Date and location of planned meeting/event
  • Budget template that demonstrates the student scholars planning to attend and costs for round-trip public transportation.

Community event and meeting expenses: 

Up to 30% of a community event(s) and meeting budgets will be considered for support funding.

Complete the community event/meeting template which includes:

  • Name of event/meeting
  • Date of the event/meeting
  • Location
  • Planned activities
  • Goals and objectives
  • Participant list (fellowship members, volunteers, partners)
  • Measurement and evaluation plan (if applicable)
  • Budget

Professional/fellowship development activities:

Up to 30% of the budget for Fellowship members to participate in a group professional development activity will be considered for support funding.

Workshop ideas include CV development, business planning, proposal writing, budgeting, etc.

Complete the professional/fellowship development template which includes:

  • Name of activity
  • Date
  • Location
  • Presenter/hosting organization
  • Goals and objectives
  • Participant list
  • Budget

*Fellowships can apply for one of these support areas or multiple. If applying for multiple support areas the total amount requested from the WMI Fellowship Development Fund can not exceed $500 USD.

Download Application Templates

Once the fellowship has reviewed the partial funding categories, download the corresponding templates and begin preparing the required supporting documentation. 

Proposal Templates

Professional or Fellowship Development Activity

Budget Templates

Fellowship Registration Budget

Student Scholar Transportation Stipend Budget

Community Event Budget

Fellowship Income-Generating Project Budget

Professional / Fellowship Development Workshop Budget

Planning Timeline Templates

Fellowship income-generating project

Review the Full Application and Prepare Responses

Fellowship Development Fund Application Questions

WMI Contact

Nicole Schmitz, Graduate Scholar Coordinator
E-mail: nicole@wellsmountain.com