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
  • Fellowship income-generating projects
  • Professional and/or fellowship development workshops

How to Apply

  • Only WMI officially recognized 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 WMI budget templates that meet the specific requirements to access the funding categories. 
  • 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 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 an organization in your country. Some fellowships have learned that they can successfully operate, organize events, and attract community partners and supports 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, a brief summary of the registration options researched, the registration choice proposed by the Fellowship, the registration requirements, initial cost, and annual cost (if applicable) and a basic 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: This support area requires that Fellowships have meetings/events planned in advance (date and location). A budget that demonstrates the student scholars planning to attend and their costs for round-trip public transportation must be provided (identifying point A to point B).

Community event expenses: 

Up to 50% of a community event(s) budget will be considered for support funding.

Information required for the application: A full community event proposal should include the date of the event, location, planned activities, goals and objectives, participant list (expected Fellowship membership participation, volunteers, etc.), measurement and evaluation plan, a partnership list, and a budget.

The budget for the community event(s) should include:

  • Not more than 50% of the budget being requested through this funding source.
  • A minimum of 20% of the budget being supported by other means (partnerships, in-kind donations, financial donations from individuals, organizations, businesses, government, etc).
  • A minimum of 20% of the budget being provided by the WMI Fellowship or individual members.

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: A full project proposal including a market survey (showing that there is a demand for the service/item), a planning timeline (indicating which scholars are responsible for individual tasks), an expense budget, and an anticipated revenue budget with projections of at least 12-months must be provided.

Professional/fellowship development workshop:

Up to 50% of the budget for Fellowship members to participate in a group professional development workshop will be considered for support funding. Workshop ideas include CV development, business planning, proposal writing, budgeting, etc.

Information required for the application: The date of the event, location, presenter, goals and objectives, participant list, and a 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: A full project proposal including a market survey (showing that there is a demand for the service/item), a planning timeline (indicating which scholars are responsible for individual tasks), an expense budget, and an 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: This support area requires that Fellowships have meetings/events planned in advance (date and location). A budget that demonstrates the student scholars planning to attend and their costs for round-trip public transportation must be provided (identifying point a to point b).

Community event expenses: 

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

Information required for the application: A full community event proposal should include the date of the event, location, planned activities, goals and objectives, participant list (expected Fellowship membership participation, volunteers, etc.), measurement and evaluation plan, a partnership list, and a budget.

The budget for the community event(s) should include:

  • Not more than 30% of the budget being requested through this funding source.
  • A minimum of 30% of the budget being supported by other means (partnerships, in-kind donations, financial donations from individuals, organizations, businesses, government, etc).
  • A minimum of 30% of the budget being provided by the WMI Fellowship or individual members.

Professional/fellowship development workshop:

Up to 30% of the budget for Fellowship members to participate in a group professional development workshop will be considered for support funding. Workshop ideas include CV development, business planning, proposal writing, budgeting, etc.

Information required for the application: The date of the event, location, presenter, goals and objectives, participant list, and a 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.

Application Access & Templates

Once the fellowship has reviewed the partial funding categories, download the corresponding budget template and planning timeline (if required), and begin preparing the required supporting documentation. 

Budget Templates

Registration fee costs

Transportation stipends for student scholars

Community event expenses

Fellowship income-generating project

Professional/fellowship development workshop

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