What to Expect as a Fellow

Over the course of a year, there are nine retreats—five in-person and four virtual. Fellows are required to attend no less than seven retreats, with attendance of all highly encouraged.

In-Person Retreats

Fellows will experience a total of five in-person retreats, traveling to a variety of locations around the state. These retreats require fellows to arrive after work on Friday evenings with check-out taking place on Sunday afternoons.

Virtual Retreats

During virtual retreats, fellows attend two-hour sessions on Saturday mornings only.

Who is it for?

The fellowship is for early- to mid-career individuals who believe in the potential of West Virginia and want to take an active role in the state’s betterment.

While it is mandatory to live in West Virginia during the fellowship, we hope the fellowship can be a gateway into WV for those who currently reside out of state.

We are also firm believers that y’all means all: the fellowship celebrates and welcomes people of different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. While our program serves individuals across all identities, we encourage and welcome Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQIA+ folx to apply.

Costs and Fees

The Fellowship program fee is $2,000 and goes toward covering the cost of the retreats. There is no additional cost to fellows beyond this fee. All lodging, food, travel, and activities are included in this cost.

Covered by Employers

The Fellowship is an excellent retention tool. We urge employers to consider covering the cost of the Fellowship for any employee who is selected to take part in the program.
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Scholarship Assistance

Generation West Virginia hopes to provide scholarship assistance for those who need it. If you'd like to support this initiative, click the donate button below.

Become a fellow.

If you’re interested in joining a network of change makers determined to have a positive impact and help shape West Virginia’s future, then this program is for you.