Applications for the 2019-2020 Rose Fellowship are now CLOSED!

NEW: For the first time in the history of the Rose Fellowship, we are piloting arts fellowships! 


The Rose Fellowship partners community-engaged architects and artists with local community development organizations. Together, we facilitate an inclusive approach that creates and preserves sustainable, healthy and affordable communities. 

  • Our architectural fellows are designers with an accredited degree in architecture and a passion for applying their skills in a community development context.
  • For this program, artists are defined as socially-engaged creative practitioners, teaching artists, and culture bearers working in all disciplines – including but not limited to: visual arts, performance, digital media, dance, theater, literary arts and multi-media. Qualification requirements are specified in the work plans below.

All fellowship candidates will be prompted to select their preferred location and host organization when they apply. See below for more information about each of the eight host organizations, including detailed work plans and their specified qualifications for fellowships.

To gain a better understanding of the fellowship and ask questions to the hosts and current fellows, please click the link to register for each of the following webinars (recordings will be available if you can’t attend):

February 12, 2019, 2:00 PM ET: Meet the Hosts Webinar - Part 1 (recording)
Panelist Information: Mark Matel, Nella Young, Ray Demers - Enterprise Community Partners; Grant Sunoo - Little Tokyo Service Center; Chris Cirillo -Ascendant Neighborhood Development; Claudette Karr - Coalfield Development; Paula Suchland - Foundation Communities

February 14, 2019, 2:00 PM ET: Meet the Hosts - Part 2 (recording)

March 14, 2019 2:00 PM ET: FAQ with Rose Fellows (recording)


  • Applicants for architectural fellowships must have an NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture degree (B.Arch, M.Arch) or an equivalent level of professional experience
  • Applicants for the arts fellowships must demonstrate experience in applying their artistic or cultural practice in a community-engaged context. We seek applicants with a minimum of either a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of professional experience. 
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV demonstrating relevant academic and community experience
  • Essays and response to work plan
  • Portfolio
  • References
  • In-person Interview

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Host Organizations for 2019-2021

Below are the 8 host organizations currently seeking fellows. Read their work plans to understand their vision and plans for the fellowship.
** denotes fellowships for community-engaged artists

Ascendant Neighborhood Development – New York, NY
What are effective affordable housing strategies that can mitigate rapidly increasing costs in residential and commercial development, as well as prevent displacement in Harlem, Northern Manhattan, and communities across New York City?

Coalfield Development – Wayne, WV
How can we develop an infrastructure to support a family of social enterprises to inspire courage, to grow creativity, to transform perceived liabilities into assets, and strengthen the community needed to cultivate opportunity in Appalachia through mentorship, education and employment?

Foundation Communities – Austin, TX**
How can the arts catalyze innovative design and create programmed spaces to encourage healthy living, as well as incorporate Creative Placemaking that is inclusive of our many cultures and embrace creative resources found within our communities?

Little Tokyo Service Center – Los Angeles, CA**
What are the effective methods for artists to seamlessly contribute to the community development field, and ultimately, advance the results in communities of color nationwide?

North Shore Community Development Corporation – Salem, MA**
How can creative placemaking communicate the rich cultural identity of the Point (Punto) neighborhood as a significant asset and public space for all residents of Salem?
(artist from left to right: Don Rimx, Bikismo, Silvia Lopez Chavez)

ONE Neighborhood Builders – Providence, RI
What strategies are needed to facilitate growth and develop effective neighborhood engagement, build net-zero homes, and improve the quality of life in affordable housing in Providence?

Opportunity Communities (OppCo) – Chelsea, MA
How can design reduce capital costs across the life cycle of a real estate project through efficient design and construction to preserve, sustain, and foster the unique character and identity of a community through public art, storefront improvements, and placemaking?

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation – Mission, SD
What is an affective masterplan that can help a sovereign nation realize its full capacity for building healthy communities that sustain culture, nature, and spirit?

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For questions or for information on future fellowship opportunities, contact the Enterprise Rose Fellowship office at 781.235.2006 or

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