Accelerate YOUR GROWTH & Impact

The RISE Fellowship brings together the next generation of highly-motivated, mission-driven, early career social sector and community leaders (with approximately five or fewer years of professional experience), who are passionate about social change and advancing equity. Launched in 2006 at New Sector Alliance, the RISE Fellowship formally transitioned to INP’s portfolio of programs in fall 2021 as part of a partnership agreement between the two organizations. Read more about the program transfer here.


The RISE Fellowship is designed for early career individuals looking for impactful leadership development opportunities to propel their careers. During the program, RISE Fellows gain an understanding of how mission-driven, social impact organizations function, develop essential leadership and professional skills, and engage in mentoring relationships and networking. The RISE Fellowship includes:

  • Monthly seminars, all of which deeply integrate the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, that explore career development, build knowledge about the social impact sector, cover essential leadership skills, and introduce the fundamentals of design-thinking.
  • Networking conversations with a diverse network of other nonprofit and social impact professionals to provide opportunities for connection, collaboration, and building social capital.
  • One-on-one mentorship with a social impact professional during the program.
  • Individualized coaching with INP Faculty to engage in action-oriented problem-solving for workplace based situations.
  • Peer learning with groups that meet regularly to work on skill development, offer mutual support, and expand upon workshop topics together.
  • Access to additional resources through INP’s active and diverse network. This includes learning from other equity-driven leaders including current students, alumni, faculty members, community partners, and funders.


At INP, we know that the learning experience in the classroom is strengthened by the diversity of our participants, and through our programs we are working to create a social impact sector which is more effective, innovative, equitable and connected. Our cohorts represent individuals from a wide array of fields and roles, from education to the environment, human services and organizing and from finance to fundraising. We encourage candidates across all identities, backgrounds, and organizations to apply.

Ideal candidates for the RISE Fellowship program are:

  • Early career professionals (with approximately five or fewer years of professional experience) who are committed to working within the social impact sector.
  • Growth-oriented individuals who are passionate about social justice, racial and gender equity work, and community change.
  • Individuals who are seeking to expand their careers, organizational impact, and enhance their leadership and impact through classroom learning, practical application and network building. 


You can join the Fellowship via one of two routes:

  • Professional Development Track: This point of entry is ideal for those who are already employed and want to bolster their skills and networks in the social impact sector through the RISE Fellowship. There are no geographic restrictions for Fellows entering the cohort through the Professional Development Track as all RISE programming is being offered virtually until further notice. We encourage candidates from any geographic location in the U.S. and territories to apply.
  • * Career Track: This point of entry is ideal for those seeking employment in Chicago and Minneapolis/St.Paul and who would like INP’s support in doing so. INP works with partner organizations in Chicago and the Twin Cities to recruit and match Fellows with entry level, full-time job placements at mission-driven organizations. Fellows are hired as regular employees of the partner organization and work full-time while participating in the RISE Fellowship program.

* Please note that our Career Track is at capacity and no longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 program.

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Generally, RISE Fellows meet every three weeks on Friday for an all-day session (10:30am – 4:30pm ET | 9:30am – 3:30pm CT | 7:30am – 1:30pm PT with breaks). Seminars are facilitated by a lead Faculty Member, complemented by guest instructors, and include engaging presentations, case discussions, and small group work with a cohort of 10 to 25 peers. 

Seminar topics include:

  • Designing Your Future: Employing Design Thinking to Shape Your Career
  • Building a Culture of Belonging: Maintaining Authenticity Inside Your Organization
  • Maximizing Your Communication Style and Approach
  • Making Self Care Habitual: From Resolutions to Lasting Behavior Change
  • Leadership Identity Assessment and Formation: Identifying and Leading Through Your Values
  • Results-Focused Work: Setting and Achieving Your Goals
  • Nonprofit Governance: Understanding How Decisions Are Made Inside Your Organization
  • Nonprofit Finance: Understanding How Resources Are Allocated Inside Your Organization


INP is currently accepting applications from Professional Development Track candidates for the 2022-23 RISE Fellowship. For the health and safety of students and staff, the next program term is being held virtually for the duration of the program, from September 2022 to January 2023.


There are currently no geographic restrictions, though Fellows in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, and Twin Cities may have the opportunity to gather in-person should it be deemed safe to do so. We encourage any and all early career social impact professionals in the U.S. and territories to apply.


Our application process consists of:

  • Online application with three components:
    • Program preferences, education, and demographic information
    • Short responses to three prompts
    • Virtual interview with an INP staff member

Applicants will receive a more detailed timeline during the interview process.

Application Deadlines

Applications are currently open for the RISE Fellowship Professional Development Track Class of 2022-23. The priority deadline is May 31, 2022. After this, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Professional Development Track: Tuition for the RISE Fellowship Professional Development Track is $1,500. The cost covers all program access and instruction, including session readings and other materials. Tuition is substantially subsidized and represents a portion of the actual program costs. INP strives to make the program affordable to as many leaders as possible, and on occasion can provide scholarship funds toward the tuition cost. 

Career Track: Sponsoring organizations incur the cost of the placement and development of RISE Fellows, so there is no cost to RISE Fellows participating in the Career Track. INP does not employ RISE Fellows in this track; rather, Fellows are matched into roles at partner organizations. Compensation packages vary based on the employer partner and role. INP requires partner organizations hiring a full-time RISE Fellow to compensate Fellows at fair market value. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2022-23 RISE Fellowship Professional Development Track!

Continuing Education, networking & alumni community

In addition to the significant learning and growth participants achieve during the RISE Fellowship, INP alumni gain access to lifelong alumni benefits including continuing education, networking opportunities, and more. Check out our Alumni page for more on these benefits.

Alumni Report


of RISE and Summer alums say that skills learned at the Fellowship were largely transferable to their current role


of RISE and Summer alums remain in social impact work


of RISE and Summer partner organizations agree that the support provided by RISE and Summer Fellows was a good or excellent value


of RISE and Summer alums continue to rely on their Fellowship network as an important support system outside of work

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