Fellowship

The Orbis Fellowship is a 1-3 year co-living residency program for young professionals building their impact careers.

MEET THE FELLOWS

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Jaser A. Alsharhan
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Amanda Seibel
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Paul Yumbla
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Christina Ibanez
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Ellie Adelman
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Mark Gabriel

Who?

Orbis Fellows are young adults pursuing impact-driven work. Fellows live in an intentional community with other entrepreneurs, creatives, activists, and organizers, all making a positive impact in the world.

When?

Fellowship Year begins Oct 1. We review applications in May and select a new cohort each summer.

Where?

Orbis Fellows live and learn together at the Orbis House – a victorian home in the City Park West neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.

How does it work?

The Fellowship is designed to provide both practical and professional opportunities for Fellows to learn and create together.

Year 1

  • Develop a “How might I” question for your Commitment to Action
  • Explore what it means to live in community
  • Lead one event related to your “How might I” question

Year 2 (optional)

  • Develop a plan for your Commitment to Action
  • Take on a leadership role in community living
  • Lead one event focused on your Commitment to Action

Year 3 (optional)

  • Begin implementing your Commitment to Action
  • Facilitate community conversations and engagement
  • Mentor incoming fellows on their Commitments to Action
  • Lead one event around your Commitment to Action

COMMITMENT TO ACTION

During their residency at Orbis, each Fellow develops a Commitment To Action (C2A). Previous Fellows have conducted research, launched new projects at work, and built new organizations. In addition to their individual C2A, each cohort makes a commitment to help build community collectively support each other.

Commitment Criteria

  • How might my C2A advance my professional goals and career?
  • How might my C2A create a systemic impact?
  • How might mobilizing community help achieve my C2A goals?

ORBIS WORKSHOPS

Orbis Workshops are an opportunity to develop and critically examine Commitments To Action. Current workshop topics include: Designing Your Life, Systems Practice, Community Organizing, and Strategic Planning. Fellows have the opportunity to lead additional workshops or recommend outside facilitators.

LEADERSHIP DINNERS

Leadership Dinners are an opportunity for Fellows to invite the community leaders they admire over for dinner and conversation. These semi-structured dinner conversations allow Fellows to learn new perspectives, share experiences, and form new relationships with other community leaders – while enjoying a delicious meal!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Community events are our way to bring the community together in discussion and collaboration around Fellows’ Commitments To Action. We also have Potlucks and Film Nights to reconnect with old friends and welcome new people to our community. Fellows are responsible for organizing these community gatherings at Orbis. Learn more about events>

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is rent?

Rent ranges from $675-$875 per month.

There are 3 different room sizes. To remove any sense of unfairness about who was in what room, we created a rent fee structure for each room size: $675 (small room) $775 (medium room) $875 (large room).

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 Orbis House?

There are typically 7 Fellows living at the house.

Will I have my own private room?

Yes, every Fellow living at the house will get their own bedroom and have access to shared bathrooms.

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

The rent fee covers all of these utilities.

How long do Fellows live at the Orbis House?

1-3 years.

The Fellowship is a minimum of one year, with an opportunity to recommit to the fellowship for years two and three.

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

Because it is disruptive to the Fellowship cohort when someone leaves early, we recommend that you apply when you know that you will be able to complete at least an entire year of residency. If you need to leave early due to unforeseen circumstances, we will work with you, but we require 60 days advance notice of any plans to move out.

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

Fellows should plan to dedicate 5 hours per week for Orbis activities. This is a general guideline. If things come up at work or life that prevent you from participating in an activity every now and then, we understand.

Do Fellows get paid?

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

FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI

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Lauren Howe
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Mark Arnoldy
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Victor Chen
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Sriya Bhattacharyya
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Danny Mazur
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Shelsea Ochoa
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Ally Fried
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Natalie Petrucci
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Sloane Kohnstamm
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Jayne Du
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Carrie Ahrens
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Victoria Lyons
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Holly Werstein
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Jessica Alderman
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Tali Linton
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