The Orbis Fellowship is year-long a residency program based in Denver, CO.


Orbis Fellows are early career professionals and graduate students who live and learn together under one roof at the Orbis International House – a beautiful victorian home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. But on top of being a cool place to live, becoming a Fellow means you become part of an intentional community of entrepreneurs, activists, and organizers, all working to make an impact in the world.


Solving our biggest challenges means learning how to ask the right questions. We designed the Fellowship to provide both analytical and practical learning opportunities for Fellows throughout their residency. Fellows will explore and engage with a wide range of topics in international affairs as well as the structures, systems, and organizations that shape them. Fellows have the opportunity to connect with mentors, cultivate professional skills, and begin mapping out plans for the next chapters of their professional lives.


Salons are at the core of the Fellowship. Salons engage the broader Denver community in dialogue and collaboration about global issues. Fellows will be responsible for preparing and organizing these monthly gatherings over the course of their residency. Attendees will include leaders, activists, and public intellectuals, organizations who are seeking support and collaboration, as well as the stakeholders who are most affected by the issues we are discussing. Salons will cover a wide range of subject matter including governance and human rights, poverty and inequality, the environment and global health. Our aim for Salons is to create space for Fellows and community members to engage in authentic dialogue and collaborative change. Learn more >


We are constantly growing our network of community leaders to coach and support our Fellows. Mentorship meetings provide Fellows an opportunity to learn from thought leaders and experienced practitioners who have made a significant impact and now want to share their time and experience with the next generation of global leaders.


$650-$850 per month
(cost depends on available rooms)


Accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2017 application cycle. Applicants must be Denver residents or planning to move by the start of the fellowship.


Do I need to be in Denver to participate in the Fellowship?

Orbis is looking for Fellows who are already planning to be living and working in Denver by the start of the program. Orbis does not currently have the capacity to arrange for travel, visa, or employment for Fellows.

How many Fellows will be living at the International House?

There are typically 7 Fellows living at the house at any given time

Will I have my own private room?

Yes, every Fellow living at the house will get their own room.

Why does the program cost vary from $485-$750?

There are 3 different rooms sizes and to remove any sense of unfairness about who was in what room, we created a program/rent fee structure: $485 (small room) $650 (medium room) $750 (large room)

Will I have to pay for electric/water/heating/internet bills?

The program/rent fee covers all these items.

How long will Fellows live at the International House?

The residency is programmed for 12 months.

What if I can’t stay for the entire year?

If you are unable to complete the entire 12 months, we are able to work with you, but ask that you tell us in well in advance.

What is the time commitment I need to make to be a Fellow?

Fellows should plan to dedicate approximately 5 hours per week for Fellowship related activities. This is a guideline, not a requirement. If things come up at work or in life that prevent you from doing an activity every now and then, we understand.

Do Fellows get paid?

The Fellowship is not a paid position. Fellows are young professionals who are already working and choose to live at the Orbis International House because they want to be a part a unique community of social activists, entrepreneurs, and organizers.


By the end of their residency at the International House, fellows will develop a Blueprint For Action. The blueprint could take on a number of different forms: It could be a needs assessment and strategic plan for launching a new project, nonprofit, or social enterprise. It could be a portfolio that organizes a Fellow’s professional plans and provides a tangible product to communicate their experiences for graduate schools and potential employers. It could also be a video, a website, or anything that helps Fellows take their next step toward their future goals. Fellows will also have the opportunity to get involved with Orbis Institutes’s Immigrant/Refugee Youth Leadership Program, Online Initiatives, Skills Building Workshops, and Community Engagement Projects.


Danny Mazur
Mental Health
Lauren Howe
Slow Food
Sloane Kohnstamm
Educational Equity
Yazan Fattaleh
Refugee Youth
Victor Chen
Impact Investing
Max Churchfield
Design & Development
Shelsea Ochoa
International Education