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What to Expect as a Fellow

Over the course of a year, Fellows will attend 5 in-person and 4 virtual sessions. As a Fellow, you will gain exposure to various industries and experts across the state, enhance your skills through small group training, and learn more about our state’s history and culture. Our goal is to expand your network, skills, and confidence, so that you become our next generation of leaders.

In-Person Sessions

Fellows will experience a total of five in-person sessions, traveling to a variety of locations around the state. These two-day sessions require fellows to arrive Thursday evening with check-out taking place on Saturday afternoon.

Virtual Sessions

During virtual sessions, Fellows attend two-hour interactive meetings on Friday mornings.

Fellowship requirements

  • This program is for West Virginians in the first few years of their career who are motivated and eager to take the next step in furthering their careers.

  • This program is for young professionals that live or work in West Virginia.
  • If admitted into the program, Fellows are required to attend no less than seven sessions, with attendance of all highly encouraged.
  • The GWV Fellowship is open to young professionals in all industries.

We are a firm believer that y’all means all: the GWV 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+ folks to apply.

Sponsorship Fee

The GWV Fellowship program fee is $2,500 and goes toward covering the cost of the retreats. There is no additional cost beyond this fee. All lodging, food, travel, and activities are included in this cost.

Sponsorship from your employer for the GWV Fellowship is a recognition from your business of your accomplishments and potential. 

Meet Melanie

Melanie Taylor is the GWV Fellowship Director. If you have questions about the GWV Fellowship, ask Melanie!

Become a Fellow.

Are you a young West Virginian looking for opportunities to accelerate your career, grow your network and experience adventure in the Mountain State? We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2024!