The Coaching Fellowship Program

Through the combination of executive coaching and fellowship our program increases the leadership capacity of the next generation of social impact women leaders.

We believe that through the combination of coaching and fellowship at a crucial point in their career, young women leaders in social impact will manifest the change they want to be and see in the world faster and at an exponentially greater scale.

What is The Coaching Fellowship program?

What is The Coaching Fellowship program?

Twice per year, The Coaching Fellowship selects approximately 150 young high-potential women leaders in the social impact sector to become our fellows each program. Fellows receive executive-level coaching at a massively reduced rate so they may focus deeply on personal and leadership development, attaining their goals, and changing the world in the process. In addition, fellows join our network of 1,100+ women impact leaders around the world.

Learn more about how we got started and why we’re doing this.

How does the program work?

How does the program work?

Fellows receive a total of 11 hours of intensive 1:1 leadership coaching sessions over a period of 6 months via phone/Skype/WhatsApp with one of our highly experienced and certified coaches.

There are two parts of the program:

Part One: 8 intensive coaching sessions over 4 months

  • One 60-90 minute initial discovery session to define goals, explore values and identify triggers, barriers, and purpose
  • Weekly or bi-weekly coaching sessions to work towards goals and overcoming challenges (7 hours of coaching total)
  • Weekly newsletter with coaching tips and recommended readings
  • Three monthly group calls with other fellows
  • Three monthly 1-on-1 introductions to connect with other fellows

Part Two: 3 coaching sessions over 2 months

  • Two hours of coaching sessions to deepen learnings and receive support to be scheduled when needed
  • One hour completion session to reflect on learnings and plan for ongoing self-development
  • Two monthly group calls with other fellows
  • Two monthly 1-on-1 introductions to connect with other fellows

Program costs: Thanks to the generosity of our coaches and funders, we are able to offer this program at a highly subsidized rate, but not for free. In our efforts to support as many women leaders a possible, we are offering a volunteer tiered pricing system for our program fee that allows you to select the price that best works for you. For full information on our pricing options, please click here.

NOTE: Typically such a coaching engagement costs between $5,000 and $7,000. Through the incredible generosity of our coaches, who offer their services completely pro-bono, we are proud to be able to offer fellowship places at this rate. Fellows’ contribution go to The Coaching Fellowship’s operational costs, so as a 501 c 3 non-profit organization we may continue to support many more incredible young women leaders in the future.

Who can apply?

What do we look for in a fellow?

The Coaching Fellowship is open to any young woman leader and women-identifying individuals based anywhere in the world, who is today transforming our world for the better.

We are looking for a candidate who is:

  • A high potential young women leader
  • Strongly committed to changing the planet and can demonstrate existing change
  • Doing something extraordinary
  • Dedicated to her own self-discovery and development
  • Willing to speak freely about both her difficulties and triumphs
  • Realistic about her goals for coaching (feasible for completion within a six month time period)
  • Clear on what she can expect from coaching (see: “What is a coach?” for further clarification)
  • Open to being challenged by a coach to explore outside of her comfort zone
  • Willing to give her coach feedback on their coaching conversation and relationship
  • A strong commitment to the value of fellowship and community

Typically, our fellows earn less than $100,000 per year in a high potential leadership position of a nonprofit, social impact organization or public institution that has demonstrated impact in their community and the world.

Disclaimer: We have a requirement that a fellow in the TCFS program is emotionally and mentally stable before joining our program. If you have experienced significant emotional trauma, a traumatic event, and have been in recovery or treatment in the last 12 month, we recommend that you consider applying for our fellowship program after at least 12 months post-recovery.

Coaching is a wonderful process for opening up transformation and going deep, but the serious concern is that it can also trigger traumatic emotions if you are recovering and healing from trauma, and because our coaches don’t have therapeutic training to support that, it could potentially harm you, and we would never, ever want that for anyone.

If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please reach out to us at [email protected].

We are continually working hard as an organization to welcome, embrace and support all people.

The Coaching Fellowship shall not discriminate present nor future participants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, educational background, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.

What is a coach?

What is a coach?

A coach is NOT the same as a mentor, consultant, or career counselor.

A mentor/consultant will set out to train or give you direct advice in support of the professional goal or project you are attempting to accomplish. A career counselor will help you to hone professional development skills such as creating a resume or cover letter, and give you direction on your career path.

A Coaching Fellowship coach, on the other hand, will work with you to reach your personal and professional goals. They will guide you and help you to focus on your strengths, rather directly advising you. They will enable you to grow, motivate you and hold you accountable to your goals.

Here’s a helpful chart to further clarify what a coach is:

Your coach will:

  • Guide you in your personal and professional development
  • Support you in understanding your strengths and blindspots
  • Help you unfold your authentic leadership style
  • Hold you accountable for reaching your personal goals
  • Challenge you and provide feedback on your progress
  • Give you actions and inquiries to work on in-between sessions
  • Discover your unique personal values and purpose
  • Help you set clearer goals, take action, and make better decisions
  • Identify self-limiting influences and beliefs and create new pathways for success

Your coach will NOT:

  • Give direct advice on a specific skill (such as strategy, fundraising, branding, presenting, or career development)
  • Work with you to create a business strategy
  • Work with you to develop a professional project
  • Identify business development pipelines or processes
  • Make introductions and help build your network
  • Give advice or training on creating a resume, or interview techniques

How are Fellows and Coaches Matched?

We match a fellow with a coach as much as possible based on timezone compatibility, and also consider a coach’s experience and fellow’s needs. Note: a coach may be in a completely different country than the fellow - so far our coaches are based in 23 countries and we continue to expand with each program.

All our coaches are professionally trained, highly experienced in leadership development, and very dedicated to supporting our fellows. They come from very different backgrounds than our fellows, and are experts in helping our fellows help themselves. Our coaches are completely committed to our fellows’ success and growth. They are here to help our fellows gain better understanding of their strengths and blind spots, both personally and professionally.

Looking for more details on our program that aren't answered here?

You can hear personal stories from our fellows who have completed the program on our blog. Or reach out to us with your questions at [email protected].


2021 Cohort 1 Calendar

January 11, 2021Applications OPEN for 2021 Cohort 1 Program
January 27, 2021Open Enrollment Call #1
February 17, 2021Open Enrollment Call #2
March 5, 2021Applications CLOSE for 2021 Cohort 1 Program
April 5, 2021Application results announced to all applicants
April 16, 2021Applicant deadline to accept Fellowship place
May 3, 2021Fellows and Coaches Introduced
May 3 - 7, 2021Fellows Onboarding Calls
Part One (4 months)
Week of May 3rd, 2021Introduction call with coaches
Week of May 10th, 2021Launch/Discovery Session Week
June 2021 – TBDOpen Fellows Call
July 2021 – TBDOpen Fellows Call
August 2021 – TBDOpen Fellows Call
September 3, 2021Part One Coaching ends
Part Two (2 months)
September 6, 2021Part Two Coaching begins
September 2021 – TBDOpen Fellows Call
October 2021 – TBDOpen Fellows Call
November 1 - 5, 2021Closure Session Week
November 5, 2021Program ends
December 1, 2021Fellowship Graduation Celebration

NOTE: Please take note of the dates above and plan ahead carefully. If you are selected to join our 2021 Cohort 1 program, you are expected to follow and honor the program timeline.

Have more questions about our program? Check out our FAQ page for more information.

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