Sharon Quituisaca, Extension Fellow '19 + Travis Ghidharie, Hometown Fellow '19


Become A


Our fellowship program

... selects, trains, and places promising leaders in two-year, paid, full-time fellowships in local public-serving institutions (local governments, nonprofits, community foundations, etc.) to tackle tough challenges facing the community, strengthen their hometown's civic infrastructure, and join a new generation of transformational community leaders. Our Fellows are catalysts for national community revitalization -- starting right where they live.

LFA Fellows embody a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and skillsets. That said, there are a few things we look for in every Fellow. Integrity. Humility. A willingness to learn and co-create the fellowship experience. A deep commitment to a life of selflessness and service to community. 

While Fellows can accomplish a lot during their initial two-year term, we recognize that systems change takes time. This is why Fellows agree to serve their community for a total of 4 out of the next 7 years (2 year fellowship term + 2 additional years).


Over the long term, our Fellows build place-based initiatives, start entrepreneurial social ventures, and act as community hubs to broaden and deepen local connection. If you are eager and excited at the thought of a life dedicated to community change-making, this fellowship may be for you!

David Nifong, Hometown Fellow '19

"I can think of no better way to get started in a career of public service than by serving the city
that welcomed me with
open arms." 

— Grant Kirkpatrick, Fellow

Fellowship Pathway I:
National Hometown Fellows

Hometown Fellows serve their hometown communities in locations nationwide through high-impact, high-urgency two-year placements focused on strengthening their community's civic institutions. Fellows also participate in LFA's month-long Catalyst Institute, receive 1:1 mentorship, and join a growing community of local change-makers. Candidates can apply to a pre-confirmed placement or propose a new location through our applicant-led placement process. 

Fellowship Pathway II: Affiliate Fellows

Affiliate Fellows have a strong connection to one of our affiliate programs, and serve in high-impact roles in civic leadership throughout these states. Affiliate Fellows have the same experience as National Hometown Fellows, including participating in retreats and the LFA Catalyst Institute, receiving 1:1 mentorship, and joining a growing community of local changemakers.



All of LFA's programs strive to direct locally-rooted talent where it's needed most – often in cities, towns, and counties where the challenges are outpacing the resources available. Communities across the country are counting on their residents to step up, to offer their fresh eyes and innovative thinking, and to inspire others to join the cause.

For all of our Fellow pathways, we look for community members who prioritize humility, service, and collective impact over self-advancement, who are just as committed to developing their character as they are their careers, and who are willing to question and vigorously pursue the intersection of their talents and the world’s deep need.


Life As A Fellow

Fellows at Catalyst Institute

"Being a Fellow has helped me become more creative in approaching and addressing the issues my community faces. I've been able to establish networks of support and avenues of collaboration. What could have been a frustrating and lonely journey has been exciting and empowering."

— Shandiin Herrera, Fellow

Grow: Catalyst Institute 

Learn from world class leaders, deepen your leadership potential, build meaningful community with other change-makers.

Serve: Project Scope

Work side-by-side with civic organizations on crucial projects in communities that most need your help.

Create: Community Project
Develop a community project to address critical local needs and build up the civic infrastructure of your hometown.


Cultivate: Learning + Support

Strengthen your leadership and knowledge through retreats, ongoing training, advisors, and alumni opportunities.

Catalyze: Multiplier Effect

Recruit other leaders to support your town and strengthen your community's capacity for change.


Application Process

Click on each phase for more info. Please note that applications are open for applicant driven positions in the fall (positions can be in any community in the country based on applicant aspirations) while applications are open for pre-confirmed positions in the spring (applicants apply for specific projects that have already been secured).


Cycle I (Applicant Driven):

Cycle II (Pre-Confirmed):

Cycle III (Pre-Confirmed):

Nov. 15 

Feb. 22

Jun. 15




Submit video. 

Nov. 29

Mar. 12

Interview + match with your host.

Interview with our team.

Dec. 18

Mar. 26

Jul. 2

Dec. 10-11

Mar. 18-25

Jun. 16-23

Frequently asked questions

What references do I need to get?

For a long let you will be asked for a previous landlord, bank, employee and/or character references to demonstrate proof of income and suitability. You will also need to provide proof of ID, proof of address and proof of a 'Right to Rent' in England through a passport or combination of passport and valid visa. For a short let you will be required to produce proof of address and either your passport, national ID card or driving licence and an employment or character reference detailing why a short let is required.For a short let tenancy where a company is the tenant you will be required to produce proof of ID for those staying at the property and a letter from the company confirming the full names of all proposed occupants.

Who is responsible for contacting the utility companies after I move in?

You as the tenant are responsible for setting up accounts with the utility companies directly when you move into your property and also when you leave, taking care to provide meter readings at the beginning and end of the tenancy.

How do I pay rent?

For long lets you will be asked to set up a monthly standing order with your bank. For short lets you will need to pay the rent in full prior to the commencement of your tenancy. We accept bank transfers, bankers' drafts, cash, direct debits, American Express and credit cards.

When will the rent leave my account?

Generally rent is paid by a standing order mandate and will leave your account 3 days prior to the rental due date in order to be in the recipients account on the due date (The due date is typically, although not always, the date on which you moved in).

What happens if my rent is paid late?

Any problems with rental payments, that may result in late payment, should be conveyed to your Lettings Manager as soon as possible. Arrears letters will be issued if rent remains outstanding beyond 3 days after it was due. A default fee of interest on late rent is payable at 3% above Bank of England base rate applicable if rent is more than 14 days overdue.

Who do I speak to if I have problems with my tenancy?

Please contact your Lettings Manager in the first instance of any issues regarding your tenancy. To request a repair please click here.

How do I serve notice to vacate my property?

Notice would need to be served in accordance with your particular lease agreement by emailing The notice should always be referenced.

What penalties will I incur should I break my lease agreement early?

The primary liability is for rent until the end of the contract or its break clause point. If the landlord agrees to re-market the property and once a new tenant is found, then your liability will be reduced to covering the landlord's commission and any other expenses from when the property is re-let. Payments would be calculated on a pro-rata basis for the unexpired term of the contract.

How do I renew my contract?

You should inform us two months prior to the end of your tenancy to allow enough time to arrange all the related administration.

What is the end of tenancy process?

To make moving out of your property as simple as possible, please contact us and we will guide you through the entire move out process including; - Booking a professional end of tenancy clean, if required - Completing a inventory check-out report - If relevant, view and respond to proposed deposit deductions - Updates on the return of your deposit

Moving out check list:

• Read through your inventory check-in report and refresh your memory about the condition of the property when you first moved in • Return all items of furniture to the original room if they have been moved around – the inventory check-in report will help if you can’t remember • All areas of the property need to be cleaned to the same standard they were in when you first moved in • Check lights bulbs are in full working order • Any outdoor space you are responsible for, like a garden or terrace, needs to look like it did when you moved in • Remove any unwanted items before you leave the property, as you might be charged the cost of disposal • If you have been hanging pictures or TVs on the walls, affixing brackets or inadvertently creating holes, then you are responsible for returning the walls back to their original condition • Mould in the bathrooms is usually due to condensation. There are lots of mould cleaning products available for a DIY clean up! • All sets of keys need to be returned to your landlord or lettings agent's office, including any security passes or security fobs • Take a photo of the meters on the last day of your tenancy. Contact the utility companies to give them your final readings and pay any balance owing • Close your council tax account and pay any balance owing • Notify TV Licensing about your change of address • Re-direct your post with Royal Mail • Chat to your landlord before moving out if you think there might be any issues – it can be much easier to reach a compromise in advance

Am I required to pay for an end of tenancy clean?

You are required to return the property in the same condition as at the start of the tenancy, so if you would like to book a professional clean to help achieve this please contact us. If you can’t remember the condition at the start of your tenancy then please look at your check-in report where you will find detailed information regarding the current state and cleanliness of the property.

Can Harveys Estates organise an end of tenancy clean for me?

Yes, please contact us should you require this service. Our professional contractors offer competitive prices and adhere to our high standards.

Do I need to be present for the inventory check-out?

You don’t need to be present, however best practice is to be present if you can.

Where should I return the keys?

Please return your keys to your local Harveys office on the last day of your tenancy. If you are going to be present at the check-out inspection please hand them to the Lettings Manager.

When should I cancel my standing order for rent?

Please contact your bank to cancel your standing order once your last instalment of rent has been paid in full. Harveys are unable to cancel a standing order instruction so you must do this directly with your bank

When should I close my utility accounts?

Please contact your utility providers as part of the moving out process. Don’t forget to take meter readings on the last day of your tenancy

My utility provider wants the name of new bill payer - what should I tell them?

Please give your Landlord’s name as shown on your tenancy agreement.

Can I leave unwanted furniture in the property?

No. Please leave the property as noted in the inventory check in. If you leave unwanted personal items in the property you may be charged for the cost of removal

How do I retrieve my post once I have vacated the property?

Please make arrangements before you vacate the property to redirect your post as this arrangement can take a few days to ensue.

How can I get a reference?

Please contact your Landlord or Lettings Manager for a reference.

I have left items in the property - can I have them back?

Please contact your Landlord or Lettings Manager as soon as possible.

How much is my deposit?

Please contact your Lettings Manager for information regarding your deposit.

Is my deposit protected?

Your deposit is protected using the ministry of housing, communities and local government affiliated Deposit Protection Service.

When will I get my deposit back?

Your landlord has up to 10 days from your vacate date to propose deductions from your deposit. Once agreed your deposit will be sent back to you by bank transfer and this can take up to 3-5 working days to clear into your account. If there is a disagreement then that portion of the deposit will be retained pending a resolution

How will I get my deposit back?

The deposit will be returned to the lead tenant via bank transfer

Can we split the deposit and have it returned to different accounts?

The deposit will be returned to the lead tenant. If you are unsure who that person is you can easily check with your Lettings Manager, and change the lead tenant if necessary