The StartingBloc Fellowship

Join a lifelong community with 3,100+ Fellows from 56 countries and access resources to empower your leadership growth.

Apply now to become a Fellow!

We are building a community of accountability and support for the leaders who will shape our future.

Our Fellowship creates community and the space to build your leadership and transform your professional and personal life.

We’re doing this work because the world is in a period of tremendous shift – and we need leaders who can build systems that enable us to thrive. To get there, our leadership needs to be self-aware, competent, connected and mature.

Read about our approach

As a result, Fellows cultivate life-changing relationships and feel more empowered.

Fellows tell us all the time that the investment in StartingBloc has been well-worth it. Learn more about the Fellowship costs, funding opportunities, and our scholarship offerings.


of Fellows report that StartingBloc contributed significantly to their professional growth. 21% have been promoted within 1 year of their institute!


of Fellows report greater clarity in their purpose, passion, and goals. 53% saw improvements in their mental and/or physical health as a result of StartingBloc.


of Fellows say that StartingBloc provided them with a much stronger social network. 81% report receiving support from the StartingBloc community.


of Fellows agree that StartingBloc increased the social and environmental impact of their work. 60% agree that StartingBloc shifted their demonstrated leadership.

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We need more leaders, like you, who are:

Change-makers + community-seekers

People committed to something bigger than themselves and who want to show up with and for others.


Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, mid-career pivoters, new grads, anyone who will work between sectors to make real change happen.

All ages

StartingBloc is intergenerational by design – whether you’re a new grad or changing paths later on, we support you.

Transition (risk) takers

Are you open to change? Maybe it’s a new job, project, location, or wanting to change a system? Most Fellows are ‘in the same boat.’

StartingBloc Fellows are:


People of color


Female or non-binary



1 in 5 Fellows start an organization, venture, or project.

Examples of organizations started by Fellows:

Fellows work across industries, making change.

Examples of organizations where Fellows work:

Process to become a StartingBloc Fellow

Step 1: You apply for the Fellowship.

Fill out the application form to start the process. It will take about 30 minutes, requiring introspection and reflection along with sharing your passions and goals.

The application costs USD $40. We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, though we have priority and early deadlines for each Institute. Check out location, dates, and deadlines in the ‘Upcoming Institutes’ section (below).

Step 2: We review your application and email your acceptance letter.

After you submit your application, 2 existing Fellows will review it. Their combined score determines acceptance into the Fellowship.

You will receive notice of your acceptance to the Fellowship by email with the next steps. You will bear back from us usually within 2 weeks.

Step 3: You register for the Institute and pay tuition.

If accepted, you will pay tuition and register for the Institute. The Fellowship costs USD $1,500.

We strive to make the fellowship accessible to a socio-economically diverse population of change leaders. Learn more about the costs, scholarships, and other opportunities for funding.

Step 4: We help you with on-boarding and preparing for the Institute.

After you pay tuition and register for the Institute, we will send you a Welcome Packet, personal Welcome Call, and extensive 1:1 support prior to the Institute.

You will need to plan your trip, including lodging and visas, if coming from abroad. Learn more about preparing for the institute.

Step 5: You attend the Institute!

The 5-day Leadership Institute is inspiring, transformative, and highly rated for its value.

It offers both an introduction into the lifelong Fellowship community and the space to start engaging at the next level of your leadership.

Step 6: Finally – you’re a StartingBloc Fellow!

On day 5 of the Institute, you officially become a Fellow and are introduced to our Fellows-only content, events, and resources. After the Institute, we’ll continue supporting your growth – for life.

You’ll join 3,000+ Fellows in 18 regional groups or virtually through The Bloc (a Fellows-only portal), Facebook groups, and Learning Circles, along with access to pro-bono coaching sessions, volunteering and mentoring, and other signature events.

Still have questions? Read our Fellowship FAQs

Upcoming institutes

Los Angeles, CA, USA

February 20-24, 2020

Final application Deadline January 16

Johannesburg, South Africa

March 25-29, 2020

Priority Application Deadline* December 12

New York, NY, USA

August 13-17, 2020

Early Application Deadline December 31

Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA

October 8-12, 2020

Early Application Deadline December 31

*Applying by the Priority Deadline gives you access to our preferred lodging and childcare lists, as well as greater access to pre-Institute conversations with other accepted Fellows.

Apply to become a Fellow!