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Nominate A Candidate for the Friday Fellowship

The online nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

Please read below for specific criteria and selection measures.

Click here to be taken directly to the candidate application.

Thank you for supporting the work of the Friday Fellowship by recommending leaders who demonstrate a curiosity for learning and courageous commitments to their work in North Carolina.

To nominate someone to the fellowship, please complete and submit a nomination form that includes:

(1) a short questionnaire that details your relationship to the fellowship and applicant; and
(2) three short answer questions that invite your reflections on the candidate’s leading and learning commitments.

WLI staff will follow up with all nominees to invite submission of outstanding application materials.

Nomination forms are due by (or postmarked no later than) 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Nomination forms can be

  • Submitted electronically using the online form below;
  • Delivered by mail to 9121 Anson Way, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27615.


The Friday Fellowship seeks to enroll North Carolinians committed to both the flourishing of their communities and to the full fellowship experience. The selection committee recognizes that leadership commitments can take many forms and will prioritize candidates poised to apply the fellowship’s learning across the state.

In addition to weighing individual capacities for curiosity, courage, creativity, and connection, the selection committee will carefully review each application for its strength of commitment to the state. The fellowship seeks nominations of applications committed to

  • Curiosity and inquiry;
  • Courage and resilience;
  • Creative solutions that amplify a collective good; and
  • Connecting across difference to transform lives and communities.

Review criteria include:

North Carolina Residency.
All candidates must be North Carolina residents. While exceptions apply, strong applicants will document at least three years of North Carolina residency. Prospective applicants who do not meet this threshold are encouraged to emphasize their commitments to the state in their application materials.

Full Fellowship Attendance and Participation.
All fellows are expected to attend and participate fully in all six weekend-long seminars. Seminar dates and locations are included in this application packet. Candidates who cannot commit to all six weekends are encouraged to defer their applications to future cycles. The selection committee will ask finalists to submit appropriate approval from supervisors.


To apply, prospective fellows will submit application materials that include this nomination form completed by someone familiar with their leadership qualities and commitments. Alternatively, candidates who are first nominated will be notified and encouraged to complete any outstanding application materials.

The selection committee is eager to consider a diverse slate of candidates from across the state. Historically, nominators have been connected with the William C. Friday Fellowship and/or meaningfully connected to candidates' work in the world.

In addition to welcoming referrals from within the fellowship network, the selection committee invites applications and nominations from:

  • Newcomers to Wildacres Leadership Initiative programming; and
  • Finalists and candidates from previous application rounds.


Please answer the following three questions at the end of the nomination form below. You may want to save your responses for future reference. We also recommend typing responses into a word processor before copying and pasting them below. An ideal answer is around 500 words each, or approximately one page per question.

Question One: Why is the Friday Fellowship the right fit for your candidate's growth as a community innovator and leader?

Question Two: Describe a time when your candidate was a part of something important.  Tell us about their leadership and learning.

Question Three: What is this candidate leading or creating now?


Each nomination must be submitted individually, per candidate. To nominate multiple individuals, please submit your initial nominee. Then, follow the link at the bottom of the automatic acknowledgement to navigate to a new nomination form.

Thank you for your time and efforts! We appreciate your commitment to our shared goal of seating the next class of North Carolina leaders ready to lead and learn together.


Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.