Upswell Fellows

A Unique Opportunity to Enhance Your Changework

At Upswell, we aspire to be a community that is truly diverse – in race, mission, experience, geography, budget and more. We recognize that cost is a barrier so, if selected, you’ll receive a Premium Registration to Upswell Chicago, plus to exclusive networking opportunities with other Upswell Fellows.

The Upswell Fellows program is designed to give you dynamic opportunities to build lasting relationships, sharpen your skills sets, and deepen your knowledge so that you can enhance your work to create a society where all can thrive.

Apply for a Fellowship

As part of your Fellowship you will receive:

  • One Chicago Immersion Tour on the morning of November 13th
  • One Community Dinner the evening of November 13th
  • Access to select meet and greets with main stage speakers
  • Two- Fellows only networking events geared toward building your personal and professional networks
  • Special Upswell recognition so other changemakers can seek you out and you can meet others within your cohort
  • Opportunity to promote your work and share your Upswell experience via the Upswell blog.
  • Hotel and travel accommodations (funds limited and based on geographic area)

Criteria / FAQ

We are looking for diverse changemakers from all sectors who are interested in building a society where all can thrive. Accordingly, Fellows applications that address the following criteria will receive priority:

  • Annual revenue or grantmaking budget under $1 million
  • Location in Greater Chicago, Greater Pittsburgh
  • Track record of engaging unlikely partners through community building
  • Demonstrated a commitment to building community beyond their immediate organization
  • Contributes a unique voice, point of view or perspective which will enrich the Upswell community
  • Working to advance community change in a professional capacity, including in the philanthropy, nonprofit, government, or business sectors
  • Are able to participate in all elements of the program

When’s the deadline to apply?

All applications are being evaluated on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

What are the dates of Upswell? When do you have to be there if selected?

Programming for the Upswell Fellows will begin at 8 am on Wednesday, November 13th and conclude at 2 pm on Friday, November 15th in Chicago.

When will you be notified if you are selected?

Accepted applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.

Upswell Fellowship Sponsors

Sponsored Fellows are a valuable opportunity to help grantees or others in your community expand their network, gain new knowledge, and contribute their perspectives.

If you are interested in sponsoring Upswell Fellows or have any questions about sponsorship, please contact Andrew Gossett at