Nonprofit Board Fellows

The Nonprofit Board Fellowship matches Wharton MBA and Penn Law JD students with Philadelphia’s nonprofit organizations.

The NBF provides a unique opportunity for Philadelphia-area nonprofits boards to connect with the University of Pennsylvania, and for students enrolled in select graduate programs at Penn to get involved in the Philadelphia community.  The program places fellows on the boards of nonprofits in the greater Philadelphia area for one year, where they serve in the role of “apprentice board member.”


To develop MBA and JD students who want and have potential to be future civic leaders.


Provide opportunities for students to build leadership skills while engaging in Philadelphia’s civic “ecosystem.”


1) place them as visiting board members on nonprofit boards in Philadelphia

2) provide a 14-month nonprofit board service training curriculum focused on the nonprofit sector, board governance, and leadership development

3) create ongoing opportunities to share and deepen learning in a community of 40 like-minded individuals.

Important Dates for Students

  • January 19-20, 2016 — lunchtime information sessions in Huntsman Hall; application opens (rolling)
  • January 21, 2016 — lunchtime information session in Silverman Hall
  • February 1, 2016 — fellowship applications due at 5pm
  • February 12-16  — fellowship interviews
  • March 1 — new fellowship class announced

Important Dates for Nonprofit Organizations

  • January 15, 2016 — application for new partners to host a board fellow closes at 5pm.

Want to Host a Board Fellow?

The application to host a board fellow from April 2016 to May 2017 is now open, and will close at 5pm on January 15, 2016.

Please contact Dan Kaufman if your board is interested in hosting a Nonprofit Board Fellow.


Dan Kaufman, Associate Director

Gizelle Clemens, Coordinator