Application Timeline & FAQ

Join our national movement by applying to be a Hello Neighbor Network Fellow and find answers to the more frequently asked questions about the Network.

Application Timeline

  • September 23: Application Opens
  • October 6th and 28th at noon: Information Sessions
  • October 30: Application Deadline
  • Mid-November: Interviews
  • December 4: Acceptances Sent

Commitment to Equity

Hello Neighbor is committed to equity and inclusion in all application and selection processes. We encourage everyone to apply who is passionate about this work. Leaders from all walks of life belong in the Network. Reach out to us and let’s talk!

We understand that language can be a barrier to applications as well and we will provide language assistance as needed. Further, we are specifically committed to expanding the Network to include more leaders who are Black and indigenous and from refugee and immigrant communities. We encourage you to apply or reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You are eligible if:

  • You are the Founder, Executive Director or CEO of the nonprofit
  • The nonprofit is a registered 501c3 organization
  • The organization was founded within the last 2-10 years
  • The organization’s budget is under $500,000
  • The organization has at least 1 paid staff member (can be part-time)
  • The organization does not receive federal funding for direct resettlement from one of the nine VOLAGS
  • The organization’s service population is made up of 50% or more refugees and immigrants
  • You most likely work in a city with a strong refugee population and have deep relationships with local refugee groups
  • You have time to dedicate to this fellowship (will vary based on the month and participant but we ask that you recognize that as a collective experience everyone needs to equally participate)
  • You’re excited to grow your organization!

You can apply if your organization serves a population of 50% or more refugees AND immigrants. We are seeking Network members who have a focus on the specific needs of refugees, immigrants, asylees, SIV visas, undocumented folks, and other communities facing similar structural barriers.

While we won’t know precisely how many Fellows will be selected until we have reviewed all applications, we anticipate there will be at least 16 Fellows in the next cohort.

Selected candidates contribute to the Network on a sliding scale based on the previous year’s organizational budget as follows:

  • Fellows will receive travel stipends for the convenings including air and hotel. Unfortunately ground transportation is not included nor are additional family members.
  • Fellowship fees help Hello Neighbor to supplement the costs of national convenings, expert trainings, and content production for the Network.

To find more details about the sliding scale and fees, visit the About the Network Fellowship page.

Yes! We have a simple one-page document that you can share with your board as you consider submitting an application.

If selected as a Fellow, you will receive a Network Agreement that you will review and sign with your board of directors. You will also sign the Hello Neighbor Network Pledge and make your payment to the Network based on your organization’s annual budget. You will be expected to actively participate in Network events, sessions, and the annual convening and to promote the work of the Network. You will also be asked to lead at least one session about your own areas of expertise.

We have two information sessions scheduled for October 6th and 28th from noon-1p.m. EST. The Network also has a series of upcoming events in October that will give you a better sense of our work and provide a chance to engage with current Network members. We also publish actively on our Hello Neighbor Network Medium publication. You can find more details about how to learn more about the Network here.

The Hello Neighbor Network is unique because of its focus on grassroots and community-based organizations. It specifically focuses on training and skill-building for these types of organizations that have less access to networks of support and resources. The Network also recognizes that grassroots and community voices are often lacking in the national conversation surrounding refugees and immigrants and seeks to uplift those perspectives in larger dialogue.

The Network also has a unique model for membership. All members begin with an intensive and close-knit Fellowship to build skills and work towards a particular organizational goal. They are then eligible to join the Network in an ongoing way as a member with access to courses, resources, funding, and opportunities to share research, stories, and participate in Network-sponsored events. As a result, members benefit from both the outcomes of a selective Fellowship program and the resources and ongoing connections provided through a Network.


Applications for Hello Neighbor Network Fellows will be accepted on a seasonal basis. If you have additional questions, please email us at rachel@helloneighbor.io or call 412-567-3946.