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Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program

Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program

For Students

Are you interested in learning what it takes to run a nonprofit from the boardroom? Do you want to work on high-level strategic issues in a functioning nonprofit organization?

The Nonprofit Board Fellows program that works with graduate students like you gives you project management experience and develops your executive skills as a board member of a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan.

This multidisciplinary program will provide you with real-world insight into the workings and procedures of a nonprofit board, and enable you to contribute to the organization’s success while building on your tools for social impact.

300+
ORGANIZATIONS SINCE 1999
800+
BOARD FELLOWS PLACED
8+
U-M SCHOOLS REPRESENTED
23
YEARS OF PROGRAM EXPERIENCES

Applications

The 2023-24 Student Application for the program closed in mid-September 2023. Applications will reopen in August 2024.

The program is open to all U-M graduate students. You must apply to participate in this competitive program, and you are matched to organizations based on your experience and interest. In order to participate, you must have:

  • A record of academic and professional excellence
  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the particular nonprofit organization and/or project area
  • Sensitivity and commitment to issues of community needs, financial concerns, and confidentiality
  • A commitment to serving the nonprofit sector, whether in a professional or personal capacity

Board Fellow Responsibilities

If you are selected as a Board Fellow, you are expected to serve as a non-voting board member for one academic year, from mid-October through April.

In addition, you should:

  • Attend all board meetings and serve on a board committee
  • Help with and attend special events, similar to other board members of the hosting organizations
  • Complete a board-level project which tackles complex organizational challenges
  • Commit approximately the same amount of time to the board as a full board member (6-10 hours a month)
  • Attend trainings and workshops hosted by B+I, as well as maintain program commitments
"Being a Board Fellow was by far and away the most rewarding decision I have made in graduate school!"
Zach Nerod, 2022-23 Board Fellow
"I really appreciated the ability to learn more about board membership, practice the assessment skills I learned in coursework, and make a meaningful impact."
Rebecca Barabas, 2022-23 Board Fellow