Impact Fellowship Onboarding

Now that you're a Finalist, you enter into the Onboarding process to be considered for potential placements in select cities nationwide. Within the Onboarding process, the goal is to find the best fit project where we believe you can make a big impact. The Onboarding process consists of several important steps including:

  • Matching. We match you based on your skillset, your experience, and the needs of our Partners. 
  • Interviewing. You interview with matched organizations and explore the fit. 
  • Placement Offer Extension & Acceptance. You receive and accept an offer from a Partner organization. 
  • Preparing for your placement start date and launch of Fellowship programming. 

We provide support to Finalists and Partners throughout the interview and offer process. The majority of our placements will be in the priority skill areas where Pioneers can have a tremendous impact: data and analysis and project management. 

You must secure a placement at a Partner organization to be confirmed as a Fellow– and that’s when your experience as a Pioneer truly begins! 

Impact Fellowship Onboarding happens in three rounds, aligned with EP’s priority and final admissions rounds

Candidates who apply by either of the priority round deadlines may receive placement confirmations in August. Those who apply during the final round may receive placement confirmations in September. Candidates who apply during the priority rounds and do not receive a confirmed placement in the first two rounds of Onboarding are eligible for the third and final round of Onboarding with placement confirmations starting in October. While confirmations happen on this timeline, your official first day at your Partner organization will be determined between you and your Partner to accommodate needs on both sides.

Please note, while we work hard to find and confirm placements for all Finalists, not every Finalist will receive a placement.

Additional details on the Onboarding process will be shared with Finalists as they progress in our process. For the most up to date info regarding Onboarding, please refer to the EP Applicant Center. 

Build Matching Profile

  • After receiving your finalist notification, build and confirm your matching profile
  • Update and share your preferences on potential placement locations
  • Update your resume if necessary


  • Learn if you've been matched to projects submitted by our Partner organizations
  • EP considers you for roles based on your experience, preferences, and most importantly, Partner needs


  • Interview directly with the Partners with whom you’ve matched
  • Engage in follow-up interviews or hiring activities, as needed
  • Share feedback with EP about your interest in the role
  • Multiple finalists may interview for the same role


  • You become a Fellow once you accept your offer and your placement is confirmed
  • You and the Partner agree on a mutually beneficial start date within the start date windows outlined by EP
  • We conduct three rounds of Onboarding; if you don’t receive a confirmed placement in an Onboarding round, you can be considered for subsequent rounds 


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