"Encore Fellowships are a bold and timely idea that wows us ... the kind of innovative thinking that can transform lives and change our world."
– Fast Company

Encore Fellowships are designed to deliver new sources of talent to organizations solving critical social problems. These paid, time-limited Fellowships match skilled, experienced professionals with social-purpose organizations in high-impact assignments.

During the Fellowship period (typically six to 12 months, half to full time), the Fellows take on roles that bring significant, sustained impact to their host organizations. While they are working, the Fellows earn a stipend, learn about social-purpose work, and develop a new network of contacts and resources for the future.

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Encore Fellow Kristy Ward at Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) in San Jose, CA - Kristy brought 30 years of marketing and communications experience from the private sector to her 2013 Encore Fellowship. Kristy was responsible for marketing RAFT's value as California strengthens Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to improve student competitiveness in the future job market. RAFT provides teachers with low-cost materials, tools and strategies to enhance hands-on math, science and art education.

Following an outstanding 2009 pilot, the program continues to expand dramatically. In 2014 alone, over 250 Encore Fellows in 35 metropolitan areas across the United States are working at nonprofits and public agencies, building their capacity to deliver on their missions. The program was featured in a "What Works" Case Study in the Winter 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and selected as a finalist for the 2013 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.

The Encore Fellowships Network offers opportunities in programs in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Oregon, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Washington, and Washington D.C. – all members of a collaborative network. Given the limited number of Fellowships available and the large number of applicants, the application and selection process is competitive for both Fellow and Work Host applicants.

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Intel logoIn a major expansion of the Encore Fellows program, Intel has offered all of its U.S. employees who are eligible to retire the chance to apply for Encore Fellowships. In the first two years of the program, over 200 retiring Intel employees have become Encore Fellows across 15 states.

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The Encore Fellowships Network® began with a pilot program of 10 Fellows in 2009 in California's Silicon Valley, supported by the founding sponsors, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and HP. Five years later, there are 250 Encore Fellows in 2014 alone.

Following tremendous success and national interest across the United States, Encore.org launched The Encore Fellowships Network. The Encore Fellowships Network makes it as easy as possible for independent organizations to start, sponsor or operate effective Encore Fellowships programs in their community or organization.

Fellowship opportunities are now available in programs in Arizona, California, New York, Oregon, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Washington, and Washington D.C. – all members of a collaborative network.

The programs have been supported by a wide range of corporate, foundation and individual supporters and the participating nonprofits. Strategic expansion support has come from the Packard Foundation, Intel Corporation, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, the California HealthCare Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, HP, and the Robin Hood Foundation.

The network of affiliate programs continues to expand across the US, with growing global interest and recognition in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2013 issue and selection as a Finalist for the 2013 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.

For more information on starting an Encore Fellows program, go to Start an Encore Fellows Program..


Maricopa County Encore Fellows
Experience Matters manages the Maricopa County Encore Fellowships Program, the largest program in the United States. More >

Aspiranet Encore Fellows
Now accepting applications, this program matches Encore Fellows within Aspiranet, one of California’s largest social service agencies providing foster care, adoption, transition-aged youth, intensive home-based, residential, behavioral health and family and community services. More >

Encore Fellows in Community Health Centers
This program matches Encore Fellows with safety-net clinics and consortia in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and California's Central Valley.

Sacramento and Sierra Region Encore Fellows
American Leadership Forum - Mountain Valley and the Non Profit Resource Center are collaborating to place Encore Fellows in the Sacramento and Sierra regions. More >

Silicon Valley Encore Fellows
In 2014 the Silicon Valley program continues to deliver high-impact talent to nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area in the sixth year of this showcase program. More >

Social Venture Partners Los Angeles Encore Fellows
Los Angeles has launched! We are excited to expand to one of the biggest markets of encore talent and nonprofits in the country. More >

ESC New England Encore Fellows
Our newest Encore Fellows program launched in 2014 and serves the Greater Boston area.More >

New Mexico
United Way of Central New Mexico Encore Fellows
This program invests human capital resources in the community’s most promising nonprofit organizations. More >

New York and Washington, D.C.
New York Encore Fellows
The opportunities for Fellows continue to expand in the program's fourth year in New York and Washington D.C. More >

Ohio - coming soon!

Social Venture Partners Portland Encore Fellows
Portland was one of the first cities in the nation to create Encore Fellowships for seasoned professionals. More >

Social Venture Partners Encore Fellows
Fellowship opportunities available with highly-effective nonprofits in King County. More >

London, England
Encore Futures
The first international Encore Fellows program is under development in London, England, bringing the encore concept to a major new market. For more information, please contact Annabel Warr at annabel@encorefutures.co.uk. More >



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When you submit data as part of the Encore Fellowships application and evaluation processes, you agree to the terms outlined in our data privacy statement. Please remember that while we are very committed to respecting applicant privacy, the nature of the application and matching process requires that we share information you provide us with other organizations. The data privacy statement helps explain what you can expect with respect to our treatment of your information.

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A new case study examines Encore.org's experience expanding its Encore Fellows program quickly and efficiently. More >

Read Anne Gable's story as a Business Development Encore Fellow at Aspiranet, called "Innovation, Collaboration, and Learning."

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Derek Mitchell is the CEO of Partners in School Innovation, a Work Host in the 2009, 2010, and 2012 Silicon Valley Encore Fellowships classes.

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The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed by President Obama in 2009, establishes 10 federal encore fellowships in each state for Americans age 55 and older. Funding has yet to be approved. More >

A report by an independent research and evaluation firm gives high marks to the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows pilot program for “generating a very high level of impact.” More >