Fellows FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
Is each session mandatory?

A:
Full participation by each member of a Fellows class is key to the group's cohesiveness and crucial to the individual Fellows experience. As such, attendance at every session over the year long training is expected. It is usually possible to address a single conflicting date, but more than one is strongly discouraged. If the conflict overlaps with Foundations of Leadership or Team Trek, we encourage you to consider applying at a later time.
Q:
How much does the program cost?

A:
Fellows pay a $1,200 administrative fee to help ensure a top quality experience. This fee can be paid over time, and a range of payment options are available. The true cost of the yearlong experience is more than $7,000. However, the New Memphis Institute receives generous support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to significantly offset that cost, safeguarding a level playing field.
Q:
What are the program requirements?

A:
All Fellows must submit an application and receive acceptance into the Program, then make a commitment to attend all scheduled sessions. Fellows come to us from all industry segments, including public and non-profit organizations. We are looking for applicants with diverse perspectives, leadership potential, and a passion to better themselves and their community. The average age of a Fellow is 34.
Q:
Where are the program sessions held?

A:
Sessions are held at various locations in Memphis, with a single weekend spent at Team Trek in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Q:
How many people are there in each class?

A:
There are two cohort start times every year, and each cohort has about 30 participants.
Q:
Can I talk with someone that has completed the program already?

A:
Yes. The Director of Outreach can put you in touch with a Fellows graduate that will be happy to share about their experience.
Q:
Am I still able to participate if I do not live in Memphis?

A:
As long as you are able to attend each class session, yes, you can participate. Priority is given to those who live and/or work in Memphis.