The Perennial Fellowship

  • Is a transformative leadership program that goes far beyond and much deeper than developing skills and building networks.

  • Is specifically designed to help leaders reconnect to what matters most—their deeply rooted inspiration, the purpose of their work, and their loving commitment to their communities.

  • Skillfully integrates authentic conversations, inner-exploration, and true fellowship with other powerful social leaders.

  • Applies all learning to real leadership challenges and life experiences.

  • Brings together leaders at the forefront of social change in Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Program Overview

The Perennial Fellowship curriculum uses the approach and key design elements we have honed in the past decade of working with social leaders. The Fellows are encouraged to bring their personal and professional experiences into the training, and the curriculum builds on what they already know. It expands leadership capacities through an honest exploration of topics such as personal sustainability and authentic partnership.

The highly interactive design engages Fellows with the inner and outer elements of leadership, and inspires a lifelong practice of wellbeing and social action. Fellows return home with a deep sense of purpose, a global community of support, and a renewed vision and ability to catalyze positive social change.

Program Details

Upcoming Programs for 2020

  • February 24-March 6

  • March 22-April 3

  • June 14-June 26

Length: 2 Weeks

Location: Seattle

Size of cohort: Up to 18 Fellows per program

Application Process


Complete the online application form


Provide 2 letters of recommendation


Interview with us online

Qualified candidates demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated commitment towards positive social change in their communities
  • Significant leadership experience
  • Readiness for inner reflection
  • Openness to new perspectives and worldviews
  • Able to speak and understand conversational English
  • Able to fully be present and commit to the entire 2-week program period

Fellowship FAQs

Please refer them to the website to learn more about our program. Our program is specifically designed for an experienced leader who can benefit from an extended time to reflect on and deepen their leadership, therefore it is important that they understand our approach. Then they will follow the application process.

Yes, the main language for the program is English. You will need conversational English in order to get the most out of the program. However, Perennial staff and trainers speak many other languages fluently and communication across culture is a strong element of the program.

Fellows will stay in university housing during the duration of the program.

Yes, however these costs are not included. Each individual is responsible for covering these costs.

Depending on the country of origin, estimated costs per Fellow for program participation are $6,500 USD, plus airfare. This amount includes all room and board, in-city transportation in Seattle, events and site visits, support in securing a US visa, program materials and direct expenses, and all program management and instruction. The program cost does not include: airfare to Seattle and application fees associated with securing a US visa.

We understand that not everyone has the resources nor the institutional partners to cover the full costs for participation in the Perennial Fellowship. For this reason, Perennial works very hard with foundations and supporters to ensure that the full burden of program participation does not fall entirely on each individual. Depending on each individual’s needs and the resources available from our Perennial Fund we are able to provide support through a scholarship. Please let us know your needs when applying for the program and we will proceed accordingly.

Unfortunately, no. This visa and program only covers the costs for the participant in the Fellowship program.

Contact us

For more information about the program contact our Director of Programs, Priti Bhattarai at