Application Deadline: September 14, 2017.
The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential. The Fellowship provides people with an opportunity to pursue the education and experiences they need to become more effective leaders in their community.
Bush Fellows have a record of accomplishment and want to make an even bigger impact in their community. Fellows determine what they need to become a more effective leader and receive a grant of up to $100,000 to make it happen.
The Fellowship is one way the Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving – within and across sectors – to make our region better for everyone. Since 1965, Bush Fellowships have been awarded to more than 2,200 people across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
To be eligible for a Bush Fellowship you must be:
- at least 24 years old at the time of the application deadline.
- a resident who lives in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that shares the same geography, for one continuous year immediately prior to the application deadline.
You are ineligible if you have previously received a Bush Fellowship, Bush Artist Fellowship, Bush Leadership Fellowship, Bush Medical Fellowship or Enduring Vision Award.
There are no specific citizenship requirements to be eligible for the Bush Fellowship. However, if a Fellow is not a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the Bush Foundation may be required to withhold income taxes on Fellowship payments and report such payments and withholdings to the Internal Revenue Service.
- The Bush Fellowship provides a flexible grant of up to $100,000 that be used over 12 to 24 months.
- Start dates for the Fellowship are June 1 or August 1 of a given year
Bush Fellows receive a flexible grant of up to $100,000 that can be used over 12 to 24 months to pursue the education and experiences they need to become more effective leaders in their community.
Bush Fellows may use the grant to pursue a self-designed leadership development plan. Fellows may not direct grant funds to another person, organization or project.
They may also use the grant to start or complete a degree-seeking program, anything from an undergraduate degree to a PhD.
Whether a Fellow is pursuing a self-designed leadership plan, or a degree-seeking program, they may use the grant to cover living expenses (including childcare), tuition, fees for workshops and seminars, travel and equipment purchases that are necessary to carry out the Fellowship.
The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential.
We are looking for people who:
- Have a record of accomplishment and want to make an even bigger impact.
- Think bigger and differently about what they can accomplish in their community.
- Know they need to strengthen a specific skill, or set of skills, and have a clear plan for how to make it happen.
The Fellowship selection criteria are organized around three areas of focus: The person. Their potential. Their plan.
How to Apply:
The Bush Foundation will accept applications for the 2018 Bush Fellowship on August 15, 2017.
Our online application system requires you to create an individual portal account. Visit the Portal Account Sign-In page and click “New User” to get started.
NOTE: If you created an organizational portal account to apply for organizational grants, you still need to create an individual portal account for the Bush Fellowship. However, you may use the same email address for both accounts.
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