The 2018 Byron Fellowship:

Sunday, July 29th – Friday, August 3rd

Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina

Application System Opens: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Final Application Deadline: Friday, May 5th, 2018 at 5PM Eastern Time


The Byron Fellowship program is available to 20 upper class undergraduates, graduate students, and “recent” graduates from throughout the world by application. Prospective Fellows are evaluated based on their demonstrated academic, civic, and professional leadership. Strong attention is paid toward crafting every Fellowship with diversity capable of supporting a holistic exploration.

Past participants' academic fields include...
Physics, Philosophy, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Ecology, Biology, Political Science, Animal Production, Agriculture, Engineering, Sociology, Business, Fine Arts, Communication, Theology, Public Administration, English and other languages, Environmental Science, Economics, Design, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Construction Management, Psychology, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Eco-Theology, Historic Preservation Sciences, Anthropology, Pure Mathematics, Pharmacy, Music, Social Change, Geophysics, Divinity, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Theater Performance, Elementary Education, Human and Organizational Development

Program Cost

The program fee for Byron Fellowship is $250. This heavily-subsidized fee covers lodging, meals, and a week of programming. Fellows are responsible for covering the cost of travel to and from the program. Upon request, a limited amount of financial support may be available to accepted participants traveling long distances to join us.

Application Process

Rolling admissions begin in late January or early February and remain open through the first full week of May, or until the program is filled. During our enrollment and registration period, we review applications on a bi-weekly basis.  Priority is given to the first students to apply from their particular area of study to create diversity. For instance, should we receive applications from three strong architecture students, we may admit the one candidate who applied early in our process and then wait list the second and third candidate to determine at the end of our admission process in May whether or not we’ll admit an additional architecture student. Thus, priority is given to the applicant who submits their application earlier in our review process. We highly suggest applying as soon as possible within our enrollment and registration period. Participants who are not admitted because their academic specialties overlap with other participants may be directly admitted or given early priority to apply in the following year. Interested participants for the Fellowship should submit an application as soon as possible to make certain your application is considered. Nominations are not required to participate.

What We’re Looking For

Prospective Fellows are evaluated based on their demonstrated academic, civic, and professional leadership. Please do ensure your application materials speak to your demonstrated leadership.

We are looking for YOU. Please do share your whole self. Share what you’re most passionate about. Please do not hide large parts of your life or your demonstrated leadership because you believe they are not examples of what we are looking for. If you are an artist, share about it. If you are a rockstar mom, tell us what that looks like.

We also evaluate Prospective Fellows based on their vulnerability, and the extent to which they understand our program is designed to contribute toward their leadership by supporting their personal transformation. We recommend you read two or more recent fellow reflections before beginning your application. The program evolves each year based on participant feedback, meaning program specifics vary significantly from year to year. Fellow reflections from 2013 forward represent programs designed around envisioning, purpose, and transformation.

Application Requirements

An application is not complete until we have received all of the following:

  • our completed online application (approximately 20 min),
  • a copy of your resume,
  • a statement of desire (500 words maximum),
  • one letter of recommendation

Begin with the online application form. Once you submit the online application, you’ll receive instructions for submitting the final pieces of your application. We’ll contact your chosen recommender directly with instructions for submitting your letter of recommendation.


Our application system for our 2017 Program closed at 5pm ET on Friday, May 5th 2017: any applications that are incomplete at system close will be automatically excluded from review.

Have the following information ready when you begin the online application:

1. Academic history including degrees granted and GPA scores.

2. Current professional/employment information (if applicable).

3. Any academic and civic recognition including awards, grants, and scholarships.

4. Two professional and two personal references.

5. Contact information for the person providing your letter of recommendation (they will receive an email from us inviting them to submit their letter directly, so please make sure they are expecting our request).

6. If you are seeking financial support for your participation in the program, please be prepared to share a short statement with us outlining the amount you’re requesting and the amount you’re able to contribute.