Information for Host Organization Applicants


Host Site applications for the 2020-21 Public Service Fellowship Program will open on Nov. 1, 2019 and close Dec. 20, 2019.

Through a competitive application and interview process, recent college graduates are selected from across the country to participate in the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship program. Each Fellow will be matched with a public sector agency with a supportive corporate culture and a commitment to providing opportunities to develop leadership and innovation. In addition to potential placements within local government, selected public service agencies may also include those which provide a range of public goods and services, such as education, healthcare, housing, transportation and water. 2020-21 host sites will be listed once selection is finalized.


A commitment and a process for developing and advancing young talent, and a well-defined scope of work or project.

The following roles and responsibilities apply to host organizations:

  • Provide a stable and collegial work environment with ample supervision, feedback and support to ensure a successful fellowship experience.
  • Provide meaningful work and learning experiences for the fellow as guided by a well-defined scope of work or project.
  • Appoint a senior staff member to serve as the fellow’s supervisor.
  • Develop a plan for regularly scheduled “access to leadership” within the organization.
  • Provide a workspace and other resources (access to a computer, reference materials, telephone) needed for the fellow to complete work assignments.
  • Accept the fellow as a regular full-time employee of your organization subject to regular rights and responsibilities. The foundation provides funding to cover the fellow’s salary, benefits, and some professional development.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation at the Cleveland Foundation for selected Host Sites, participate in regular touch points with foundation staff and supervisors throughout the year, and provide feedback via surveys.
  • Fellows will be released 2 paid days per month for training and professional development as a cohort. Fellows are expected to attend all of these sessions in full, and each of the fellows will be responsible for coordinating 1 day to highlight the work of their host agency.

To apply: 

If you are a public sector agency that is eligible and interested in hosting a fellow, please email Stephanie to request an application. An application will be made available to your agency through the Cleveland Foundation’s Grants Gateway portal. If your organization is already registered within Grants Gateway, you can log-in with your username and password to access the application. If your organization needs to register, you can request access through the purple “Grants” box and then proceed through the registration and application processes.

Cleveland Foundation’s Commitment to Diversity

The Cleveland Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Greater Cleveland.  The ability to carry out our mission and to foster a commitment to excellence can best be pursued if our workforce, grantees, donors, partners and governing body include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives. The foundation, in partnership with its host sites, is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion across all of Cleveland’s public sector agencies by using this fellowship as a catalyst for developing a pipeline of future leaders for Northeast Ohio.

For questions about the program, please contact:

Stephanie Molnar, Program Officer, Leadership Development 
Email Stephanie