REPORT FOR DUTY AS A MISSION CONTINUES FELLOW

About the Fellowship Program

The Mission Continues Fellowship Program empowers post-9/11 veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists to deploy on new missions in their communities. Each fellowship combines volunteer service, professional development and personal growth to deliver a unique impact in the community. In return for their service, each Fellow receives a stipend provided by The Mission Continues along with personal coaching and mentorship from our staff.

Since the organization’s founding in 2007, over 2,000 veterans have been awarded Mission Continues Fellowships at more than 1,700 nonprofit organizations.



How Does it Work?

Service

Volunteer 20 hours per week for 26 weeks at a nonprofit organization in your community. You will set goals with your host organization to achieve maximum impact.

Professional
Development

Increase your skill set through a professional development program and monthly assignments with coaching from our team that supports your fellowship and post-fellowship goals.

Personal
Development

Discover new opportunities for learning and growth within yourself and your community. Fellows report increases in civic engagement, health, and sense of purpose.

You

Application
Process

Click on each step to learn more.
1

Explore Fellowship
Opportunities

Determining where you will serve is one of the most important and exciting decisions you will make related to the fellowship. Fellows volunteer with organizations addressing issues ranging from mentoring youth to reducing food deserts to disaster preparedness. Select your fellowship host site from a curated group of nonprofits with a presence in one of our ongoing operations, or propose a nonprofit of your choosing for consideration based upon eligibility requirements.

Click Here to Explore Fellowship Opportunities
2

Online Application and Finding Your Host Site

The online application helps us get to know you and understand your motivation to become a Fellow. Submitted applications are reviewed by our team on a rolling basis. A member of our admissions team will then schedule a pairing call - a conversation between you and an admission specialist to review your application, your personal, educational and professional goals, and where you would like to serve your fellowship. For clarification on class schedules and deadlines, please refer to the fellowship timeline below.

Apply for a Fellowship
3

Memorandum of
Understanding

Applicants are required to submit a signed and completed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an eligible fellowship host organization and your future site supervisor. The MOU outlines the responsibilities and duties that you will take on at the host site as a Mission Continues Fellow, as well as the goals they want to achieve and impact they want to have on the community throughout your fellowship.

4

Selection &
Orientation

Upon receiving the letter of acceptance, applicants have up to two weeks to confirm or deny your admission into the fellowship program. With each new class, fellows from all across the country gather for a pre-fellowship orientation - a weekend of training, volunteer service and teambuilding. Orientation is an exciting opportunity to kick off your fellowship and prepare for what’s ahead!

5

Begin Your
Fellowship

Launch into your six-month fellowship and take on new roles and responsibilities with your new host organization. To help ensure your success during the fellowship, you’ll be assigned a coach, also known as a Fellowship Program Specialist (FPS) from our staff. Your coach will provide support and feedback, help you navigate any challenges that may arise, and be your advocate over the course of your fellowship and beyond.

When Can I Serve?

You can apply to become a Mission Continues Fellow at anytime, however, selections take place quarterly. Scroll down to see which of our four annual Fellowship Classes is the best fit for you.

Fellowship Timeline

2017 Alpha Class

Application Deadline October 17, 2016
Orientation January 27-29, 2017
Orientation City San Diego, CA
Fellowship Start January 30, 2017
Fellowship End July 28, 2017

2017 Bravo Class

Application Deadline January 17, 2017
Orientation April 7-9, 2017
Orientation City Denver, CO
Fellowship Start April 10, 2017
Fellowship End October 7, 2017

2017 Charlie Class

Application Deadline April 17, 2017
Orientation July 14-16, 2017
Orientation City Boston, MA
Fellowship Start July 17, 2017
Fellowship End January 13, 2018

2017 Delta Class

Application Deadline July 27, 2017
Orientation October 13-15, 2017
Orientation City Houston, TX
Fellowship Start October 16, 2017
Fellowship End April 14, 2018

2018 Alpha Class

Application Deadline October 16, 2017
Orientation January 26 – 28, 2018
Orientation City Miami, FL
Fellowship Start January 29, 2018
Fellowship End July 30, 2018

Where Can I Serve?

Fellowships are available nationwide with a strong concentration in our eligible metro areas. Fellows volunteer with The Mission Continues’ nonprofits partners in these cities to address issues such as improving community education, eliminating food deserts, and mentoring at-risk youth. Select your fellowship host site from a curated list of The Mission Continues’ nonprofit partners, or propose a nonprofit of your choosing for consideration based upon eligibility requirements.

A limited number of fellowships are available outside of our eligible metro areas. However, these locations will be considered case-by-case basis.

Who Can Apply?

Fellows exemplify our core values and exhibit a passion for service. In order to be considered for a fellowship, all applications must also meet the following eligibility requirements:

01 Discharge Status

Honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces having served a minimum of 24 months (total) after September 11, 2001, are eligible to apply. Applications with less than 24 months of service due to extenuating circumstances or with various characters of discharge will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

02 Military Obligation

Fellows may currently serve in the National Guard or Reserve in the United States Military, however Fellows may no longer be serving on Active Duty. For Fellows no longer in military service, honorable status is required.

If you are a member of the National Guard or Reserve and seek to apply for a fellowship, please email Caitlin Zbikowski, Fellowship Admissions Manager at: CZbikowski@missioncontinues.org.

03 Background Check

All applicants will be subject to a background check as part of the application process. Individual circumstances will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Host organizations may also require their own background screening as a condition of service.

The majority of our fellowship opportunities are available to veterans serving in these eligible metro areas. Interested applicants located outside of the these cities are still eligible to apply. Still not sure if you are eligible for a Fellowship? Please contact our staff for further assistance at CharlieMike@missioncontinues.org.

"The fellowship program was a jumpstart in my transition out of the military and into a successful and meaningful life as a civilian."
- Mission Continues Fellow

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Host a Fellow at your nonprofit organization

Partner with The Mission Continues, and experience what a veteran volunteer can bring your nonprofit. The Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for post 9/11 veterans to engage in continued service within their own communities. It’s an enriching and challenging program in which select volunteers, known as fellows undertake a six month part-time commitment with a nonprofit host organization. The benefits are twofold; fellows contribute to their host organization and community at large through their proven skill sets, while also exploring new opportunities in support of their personal and professional growth.