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Fellowships to Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Individuals to Develop Leadership Skills

Bush Fellowship


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Geographic Focus
USA: MinnesotaNorth DakotaSouth Dakota

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/21/23 Noon CT Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota individuals to develop leadership skills. The purpose of the program is to help successful fellows have a positive impact on their community. The Foundation seeks individuals who are committed to strengthening their ability to drive equitable, large-scale change and who have a track record of accomplishments.

The program is unstructured and designed for maximum flexibility, which makes it best suited for people who know what they need to grow in their own leadership and what it will take to realize their vision for change in the region.

Here are some of the ways Fellows have used their funds to create a great Fellowship experience:

  • Earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree
  • Attend conferences and conventions within or outside of their current expertise and network
  • Build a network of colleagues and thought partners
  • Develop business acumen and credentials
  • Grow capacity to build and sustain coalitions
  • Study effective change strategies
  • Learn from successful organizations and initiatives
  • Take part in leadership programs
  • Seek and work with mentors
  • Develop specific skills, including professional coaching, conflict and change management, or facilitation and communication skills


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, applicants must be:
- At least 24 years old at the time of the application deadline
- A resident of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, and have lived there for at least one (1) continuous year before applying

There are no specific citizenship requirements to be eligible for the Bush Fellowship. However, if a Fellow is not a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the Bush Foundation may be required to withhold income taxes on Fellowship payments and report such payments and withholdings to the Internal Revenue Service.

Applications are not eligible if:
- They previously received a Bush Fellowship, Bush Artist Fellowship, Bush Leadership Fellowship, Bush Medical Fellowship, or Enduring Vision Award
- They are a family member of an individual who is a Bush Foundation staff or board member. Family members include a spouse, parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, child, grandchild, great-grandchild, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

No portion of the Fellowship can be directed to another person or organization or used to fund a business or program.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Sign up for a live Q&A session. We offer the same sessions for three different dates — you only need to sign up for one. All times are Central time.

Tuesday, August 29 at 8:00 a.m

Friday, September 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m."

Pre-Application Information
- The 2024 applications open on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, and close on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at noon Central
- First week of November 2023: Semifinalist selection
- Early February 2024: Finalist selection
- April 11, 15 and 18: 2024 Bush Fellows selection
- June 2024: 2024 Bush Fellows announced

The Foundation uses an online application system and understands that this might present a barrier to some applicants. They will make reasonable efforts to accommodate particular needs on a case-by-case basis. The applicant should contact the Foundation no later than one week before the application deadline to discuss their specific circumstances.

Recorded informational webinar:
Application questions:
Tips about using the online application:
Staff Notes about the Bush Fellowship:
Fellows Learning Logs:

Number of Grants
The Fellowship selection committee will select up to 24 Fellows.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Fellowship is a flexible grant of up to $100,000.

Term of Contract
The Fellowship can last anywhere between 12 and 24 months.

Contact Information

To schedule a meeting with a Foundation staff member:
For questions, contact the Foundation at or 651-379-2249.

Bush Foundation
101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
651-227-0891 Tel
651-297-6485 Fax

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