An important update regarding ELP’s Core Fellowship programs: 

ELP is going through a time of deep transition. With the departure of our Executive Director and numerous staff transitions, it’s become increasingly clear that we do not have the capacity to maintain Core Fellowship Programs as planned this year. Additionally, in recent months, our staff, fellows and facilitators have challenged us to dig deeper in our exploration of leadership. With the many ways that people’s lives have been shifting in the last 2.5 years, our curriculum and staff must be ready to respond to these changes in meaningful ways.  It’s very important to us that we give our fellows a high quality experience– which to us means a program that is intentional, relevant, and responsive to the needs of our participants both in terms of content and in community building.

We have also found ourselves working with a sense of urgency and pressure in responding to all these changes, and we hear similar themes of urgency, exhaustion, and burnout from all of you in our community. This is understandable given our times! As always, our team wants to respond to our community with programs that meet what you need. And this means that for now, as we move through this stage of transition, we need to take time to reflect, plan and prepare, and staff up as we build out the next iteration of our programs. 

In collaboration with the ELP Board of Directors, we have made the decision to pause our remaining 2022 Fellowship programs (including the Chesapeake Regional Fellowship). We are actively in the process of laying out our plans and timelines for returning to a full slate of programs next year. We will keep you informed along the way! 


ELP Fellowships offer intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive retreats, our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. With the assistance of professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan.

But if you don't want to take our word for it, you can check out these testimonials from recent program participants...

Chesapeake Photo


  • Retreat 1:   July 28-31, 2022 at *Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA
  • Retreat 2:   September 8-9 & 17-18, 2022 (Virtual)
  • Retreat 3:   December 1-4, 2022 at *Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA

"I don't think I've smiled and laughed this much on a zoom call since we've been sheltering in place. So excited to meet such an awesome group to build with!" -2020 Fellow

The 2022 Chesapeake Regional program will be offered in a virtual/hybrid format with the first and third retreats to be held in person at the beautiful *Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA (as conditions allow) and the second retreat offered virtually via a Zoom platform. 

**ELP has adopted a COVID-19 policy requiring all staff, facilitators, and participants to be vaccinated unless a medical or religious exception is approved. We will also require you to provide proof of vaccination.

ELP Virtual Retreats bring together our focus on intentional relationship building, emergent design, fun, and inclusive spaces into remote gatherings through a wide range of techniques. These include virtual breakout room sessions, collaborative whiteboards, interactive surveys, and simulations to create a unique and immersive virtual experience. We also work to integrate non or low screen time through activities like individual reflection, “Phone a Fellow” sessions, and movement energizers. ELP also creates intentional spaces both during and between the retreats for informal interactions to help foster authentic relationships and group cohesion, such as morning "coffee" conversations, lunch and break sessions, evening game nights and happy hours.

"I was pleasantly surprised at how well the virtual format worked for something that is meant to be an intimate, vulnerable program where we open up about ourselves and our differences and weaknesses. It was obvious how hard the facilitators and senior fellows worked to make this experience everything it could be, and their hard work paid off immensely. I feel more connected now than I have ever since this quarantine began, and I can't begin to say how excited I am to continue to work with this amazing group of people."  ~2020 Fellow


The 2021 Chesapeake Regional Fellowship participation fee is $2,000. Needs based scholarships and those that prioritize BIPOC applicants are available and can be applied for in your application.  Fellows may choose to pay their tuition in full at the time of being selected or through a payment schedule. To learn more about creative payment options click here.

This program includes:

  • Participation in 12 days of virtual or in person training, community building, coaching, and peer coaching
  • Training materials (digital and hard copies)
  • “Welcome Boxes” filled with supplies, snacks, and other retreat essentials
  • A 360 degree leadership assessment
  • Membership in ELP's network of over 1400 Senior Fellows  - a lifelong learning community of professional and personal development, collaboration, and impact


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 15, 2022 at midnight ET. 

Fellowship Timline


We're glad you're thinking of applying to an ELP Fellowship and we've tried to make it as simple as possible for you. There are three pieces to the online application process that you can complete from the application page.

1. Fill out the short application survey. This should require only 2-3 minutes to complete.

2.  Your resume. Once you have completed the application survey, you will be emailed a personalized link where you can upload your resume. Please attach your resume as a PDF or Word doc.

3. Short essay answer. Along with your resume, you will be prompted to attach a short response to the following question: "What is the most significant leadership challenge that you are personally facing, either current or something that you see on the horizon?" (500 words maximum)


All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Work or reside in MD, VA, or Washington, DC;
  • Have at least three years of work experience or are enrolled in graduate-level academic studies related to environmental or social change issues, broadly defined; and
  • The ability to participate in all 3 retreats, complete all assignments in a timely manner, and the desire to remain an active member of the ELP Senior Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship.


In addition to the above, applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their:

  • Passion to respond to social and environmental challenges;
  • Leadership capacity (i.e have been willing and able to take “responsibility for helping people achieve shared purpose”);
  • The nature of their work or area of expertise. Attention will be given to the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application and in the interview;
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others; willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits;
  • Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields; commitment to working with diverse constituencies;
  • Awareness of the interdependence of environmental and social problems; ability to convey a coherent vision for environmental progress and interest in how their work fits in with the big picture; and their
  • Ability to clearly articulate how participating in this leadership program will further their personal and professional development.

Particular attention will be given to the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application.


  • Applications are reviewed by a selection team of ELP Senior Fellows (alumni of ELP fellowships) and staff.
  • Interviews: a subset of applicants are interviewed in the 10 days following the application deadline. Interviews are conducted over the phone and are approximately 25 minutes long. Interviews are also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions about the program and the Senior Fellow community.
  • Selection process:  Our selection teams review the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume. We also focus on the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative question in the application and the phone interview. We aim to select the best cohort for each program - which means giving attention to the diversity and balance of the class - in terms of work (sector, issue), identities (gender, ethnicity, etc.) and personalities.
  • Notification: Following the selection of the class (usually 2 weeks following the application deadline), applicants are notified of their status via a phone call and/or email. An applicant is either invited into the program (in which case they are expected to confirm within 48 hours), wait-listed, or invited to apply for another program.

On the fence about applying? Check out 7 Reasons to Apply for an ELP Fellowship.