Sloane Kohnstamm
Educational Equity
Jaser A. Alsharhan
Philanthropic Services
Natalie Petrucci
Nonprofit Immigration Law
Max Churchfield
Design & Development
Ally Fried
Education Policy & Administration
Finn Woelm
Social Enterprise
Ellie Adelman
Refugee Mental Health
Brian Trubowitz


The Orbis Fellowship is 1-2 year residency program for young professional building their impact careers.

Orbis Fellows are early career professionals and graduate students who live and learn together under the same roof – 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, creatives, activists, and organizers, all making an impact in the world.

Solving big problems means asking the right questions. We designed the Fellowship to provide both analytical and practical opportunities for Fellows throughout their residency. Fellows will explore and engage with a wide range of topics in international affairs by putting together Salons and as Worldly Wednesdays contributors. Fellows have the opportunity to connect to mentors, cultivate professional skills through workshops, and begin mapping out the next chapters of their professional lives.


Salons are at the core of the Orbis Fellowship. It’s our way to engage the broader community in dialogue and collaboration about international affairs. Fellows are responsible for preparing and organizing these gatherings over the course of their residency. Salons cover a wide range of subject matter including governance and human rights, poverty and inequality, the environment and global health.

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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.


Accepting applications on a rolling basis.


How Much does it cost?

Rent/Program fee ranges from $650-$850 per month

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: $650 (small room) $750 (medium room) $850 (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 International House?

There are typically 7-8 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 program fee/rent covers all these items.

How long will Fellows live at the International House?

The residency is programmed for 12 months with the opportunity to extend for an additional 12 months

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

If you are unable to complete the entire 12 months, we can work with you, but we do require that you tell us of any plans you might have 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, fellows will develop a Blueprint For Action. The blueprint could take on a number of different forms: It could be a creating 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 communicates 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.


Ashley Dara Dotz
Disaster Relief
Lauren Howe
Slow Food
Mark Arnoldy
Global Health
Victor Chen
Impact Investing
Sriya Bhattacharyya
Human Rights and International Justice
Danny Mazur
Community Building
Shelsea Ochoa
International Education
Yazan Fattaleh
Refugee Services