Enterprise: Host an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow

Applications are now open for Host Organizations to join the fall 2019-2020 class of Rose Fellows. DEADLINE is Friday, November 9.



Organizations apply to join the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship because they seek to leverage the power of design and creativity to tackle issues of equity, opportunity, and sustainability in the communities they serve. The Enterprise Rose Architectural 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. All fellows hold a professional degree in architecture or landscape architecture, and many are pursuing licensure or are already licensed.

Fellowships focus on a range of topics, including: resident-oriented design, health and housing, community engagement, collaborative design processes, creative placemaking, and resilience and sustainability. Enterprise partners with the host organization to select the fellow and provides mentorship and training to the fellow over the two-year period. By participating in the national cohort of fellows and hosts, both have the opportunity to share their work and 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 workplan, day-to-day supervision, a stimulating work environment, and fringe benefits.

Application Process

Prospective host organizations are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with the Enterprise Rose Architectural 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 15 months of the fellowship term (See templates for the draft work)
  • 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, sustainable building principles, affordable housing and meaningful community engagement
  • 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
  • Organization must be a 501(c)(3) community development corporation (CDC), community housing development organization (CDHO) or Tribally-Designated Housing Entity
  • 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.

Application Timeline

  • Host organization application due: Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Host organizations selected: December 31, 2018
  • Fellowship candidate applications open: January 14, 2019
  • Two-Year Fellowship term begins: October 1, 2019

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