Student Information

Kellogg Board Fellows

How to Apply

Full-time MBA candidates are invited to apply for the fellowship in the fall quarter of their first year at Kellogg. Applications are managed entirely by the Kellogg Board Fellows student leadership team. The student leaders host a variety of informational sessions for interested students prior to the application period and are available to answer questions via e-mail at: kbf-leadership@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Expectations for Fellows

A successful fellowship is one in which the board fellow gains insight into the challenges and rewards of nonprofit board governance and real-world experience serving on a board of directors. Below is a brief list of expectations for the fellow.

The Fellow should:

  • Commit to and participate fully in the program.
  • Attend board and committee meetings, as appropriate.
  • Identify a project with the CEO and the board mentor. The project(s) should be related to the board’s work, of value to the nonprofit and should use the fellow’s expertise to help advance the work of the board.
  • Communicate regularly with the CEO and the board mentor regarding board-related events, as well as Kellogg activities that will impact his/her availability (e.g., Kellogg exams, interviews, etc.).
  • Maintain the same standards of confidentiality expected of all other board members.
  • Participate in the academic portion of the program.
  • Attend the annual Kellogg Board Fellows Breakfast at the end of May.

Fellowship Timeline:

First Year

  • October — Application and selection of fellows.
  • February - March — Fellows take Nonprofit Board Governance course.
  • February - March — Fellows interview a prospective nonprofit partner organization and decide whether to join the board as an ex-officio member.
  • April — Fellowship begins, including:
    • Board fellow is introduced at first board meeting.
    • A mentor from the board of directors is assigned.
    • Annual breakfast is held in late May.
    • The project or project area is identified.

Summer

Most fellows leave Chicago for summer internships and will engage with their organization via email and conference calls. Those who remain in Chicago attend board meetings and other important events to the extent their jobs allow.

Second Year

  • Late September — Fellows return to campus for fall quarter and begin working on their project.
  • October through May — Fellows take the Advanced Board Governance course to study best practices in board governance and learn how to be an effective board member.

Kellogg Board Fellows Campus Groups site