Application Submissions Now Closed!
"The fellowship space always feels very sacred and important ... We've built relationships and we've had so many powerful shared experiences ... Being able to just be and learn and listen to one another is what I've been craving from the beginning, and I just want more of this fellowship." - Erika Allen, 2019-2022
The Castanea Fellowship looks for dedicated leaders ready to deepen the impact of their vision to build a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable food system. The Fellowship is for engaged leaders who are already equipped with a deep understanding of how the food system could shift in a meaningful way and have had considerable impact, yet know they could do much more. The leaders we seek are those who have demonstrated commitment to the work, understand racial equity, believe in the power of diversity, and welcome collaboration.
The Castanea Fellowship is a two-year, awarded program that provides fellows the space, time, and resources to grow skills, connections, and community. We aim to further the work of established leaders from across the country and provide them with unique learning and skill-building opportunities.
The Castanea Fellowship Experience
The application timeline is below. Dates are subject to change based on volume of applications.
- August 1, 2022: Applications Open
- August 25: Informational Webinar
- September 16: Application Deadline
- Sept-Jan 2023: Applicant Review Process
- January 16: Applicants Notified of Status
- January 23: Deadline for Acceptance
- Jan/Feb: Kickoff Gathering (online)
- February: Fellows Announced Externally
- Spring 2023: First in-person gathering
Eligibility and Criteria
Who Are We Looking For?
We welcome established visionaries who:
Our Call for Applicants Across Sectors
The Castanea Fellowship gathers dedicated and experienced leaders from across the food system: farmers, organizers, racial justice advocates, health care professionals, policy makers, entrepreneurs, ecosystem caretakers, community developers and those whose various approaches, tactics, and strategies will help us build a healthier, more sustainable and equitable food system.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We aim to bring together a strategic, dynamic, and collaborative cohort. We know that a successful cohort will be one made up of fellows who are diverse in race and ethnicity, gender, geographic representation, issue areas, change-making strategies, and experience. We encourage all applicants who meet our requirements to apply!