Architectural Fellow with Coalfield Development

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship 
Coalfield, WV
United States
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About the Enterprise Rose Fellowship 

NEW: For the first time in the history of the Rose Fellowship, we are piloting arts fellowships!  

The Enterprise Rose Fellowship partners emerging architectural designers and socially-engaged arts and cultural practitioners with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in green, sustainable, and affordable communities. As an integral member of their host organization, fellows integrate design processes, artistic practices, community engagement principles, and creativity into development projects and the organization overall. 

By becoming a fellow, you will learn first-hand the dynamics, challenges, and potential of mission-driven real estate development, community organizing, and policy. You will also join a growing network of passionate and talented creative practitioners who are continuously changing what is possible in community development. 


Fellowship opportunities for the 2019-20201 program year are in: 

  • New York City with Ascendant Neighborhood Development 

  • Wayne, WV with Coalfield Development 

  • Providence, RI with ONE Neighborhood Builders 

  • Mission, SD with Rosebud Economic Development Organization 

  • Chelsea, MA with Opportunity Communities (OppCo) 

  • Austin, TX with Foundation Communities** 

  • Los Angeles, CA with Little Tokyo Service Center** 

  • Salem, MA with North Shore Community Development Corporation** 

** denotes Arts Fellowships  


About Coalfield Development 

The mission of Coalfield Development is to support a family of social enterprises that inspire the courage to grow, the creativity to transform perceived liabilities into assets, and the community needed to cultivate real opportunity in Appalachia through mentorship, education and employment. As a CDC employing and training un- and under-employed people in some of West Virginia’s most distressed counties, they have piloted a “33-6-3” model in which trainees engage in 33 hours of paid work, 6 hours of class time working towards an associate’s degree, and 3 hours of personal development each week. Recently, this compelling job training and creation model garnered Coalfield a $1 million grant as part of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million national funding opportunity spearheaded by The Rockefeller Foundation and Zuckerberg Chan Initiative.  


The Rose Fellow will be working with Coalfield in scaling their community-based real estate projects to support business development. Coalfield will infuse entrepreneurship and social enterprise in revitalization efforts, modeling how to do so effectively, and then disseminating this knowledge widely throughout central Appalachia. Their goal is to hire locally through the 33-6-3 model and train the workforce in historic preservation trades, thus transforming abandoned historic buildings into cultural assets and hubs of commerce for coal-impacted communities. The Fellow will take part in inclusive development processes and design projects that refuse “same-old/same-old” ideas and push through mimicry to find the true comparative advantages of each community served. 


Benefits of becoming a Rose Fellow 

  • Two-year fellowship position 

  • Salary and benefits 

  • Annual networking and training retreats 

  • Intensive on-the-ground training in community development 

  • Professional development stipend and opportunities 

  • Alumni network of 70+ leaders in social impact art and design 


  • Applicants for architectural fellowships must have an NAAB-Accredited or LAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture degree (B.Arch, BLA, M.Arch, MLA)  

  • Applicants for the arts fellowships must demonstrate experience and/or educational training in applying their artistic or cultural practice in a socially-engaged context. We seek applicants a minimum of either a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of professional experience.  

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period 

Selection Criteria 

  • Relevant academic and community experience 

  • Essays and response to work plan 

  • Portfolio 

  • References 

  • In-person Interview 

Selection Schedule 

  • April 14, 2019: Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET 

  • Jun-Jul: On-site, in-person interviews 

  • July: Final fellow selection 

  • Oct 2019: Fellowship begins for 2-year opportunity 


Application instructions 

To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply online at by April 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

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February 14, 2019 - 11:34am
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