Senior Fellowship

Senior Fellowship

Senior Fellowship

Applications for the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Senior Fellowship Programme are now open!


Deadline to apply – Friday 24th June 2022 at 12.00pm (noon)


Now entering its ninth year, the Fellowship programme has successfully supported 96 Fellows and has helped to raise millions of pounds of new income for arts and cultural organisations, all made possible thanks to ongoing funding from Arts Council England. 

For the first time in 2021, our Fellowship was aimed at Senior Fundraising professionals embedded in organisational settings, in response to the challenges that the sector faces in both retaining and recruiting senior fundraising leaders. This year, we will offer 10 more senior fundraisers the opportunity to take part.


Increasingly, the skills required to operate as a Development Director include not just fundraising specialism, but business and financial acumen and change management. Our Senior Fellows will be supported to navigate these complex issues, whilst refining and honing their skills and networks.

The programme is delivered across a year and incorporates five key elements:

  • To develop high level business and finance insight key to the running of a wide range of charitable and enterprise organisations
  • To revitalise and reimagine what successful fundraising and income generation strategies will need to look like to be fit for the future
  • To consider and reflect on leadership, whilst gaining an academic qualification from the University of Leeds
  • To exchange ideas, experience and to upskill knowledge
  • To explore collaboration with the mainstream charity sector


Who is the Fellowship Programme for?

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Senior Fundraising Fellowship is an opportunity for individuals with lead responsibility for fundraising to build essential skills to support their organisations. It will support Fellows through the challenges of emerging stronger following the Covid-19 pandemic. The Programme is responsive to the challenges the sector is facing right now and will offer ten individuals a transformational year of reflection, skills growth and leadership development, incorporating elements of business, finance and leadership. 

This programme is for Senior fundraising professionals – CEOs leading fundraising, Development Directors or Heads of Development, as well as those aspiring to be a CEO in their next role. 

If you:

  • Have led or are about to lead a fundraising team, or are the most senior fundraiser in your organisation
  • Have a CEO and Chair who will support your application
  • Can demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach to generating income for your organisation
  • Can commit to sharing time from 24 days for learning throughout the year

Then we want to hear from you!


How much will it cost?

The Senior Fellowship Programme is offered on a sliding scale based on the turnover of participating organisations. The fee includes all costs for the Fellowship including residential accommodation, food and drink and travel. The total value of each Fellowship is circa £10,000 per Fellow. 

  • Organisation turnover of less than £3m – Free
  • Organisation turnover of between £3m and £5m - £800
  • Organisation turnover over £5m - £1,500


How to apply

If you would like to apply to take part in the Senior Fellowship Programme, please submit the following documents:

  1. A CV (no longer than two pages of A4) detailing your career so far.
  2. A covering letter or short video that tells us how you meet the essential skills and criteria outlined above, why you want to become a Fellow, and what you want to achieve through your year on the Fellowship. 
  3. Contact details for two referees (including your most recent employer). 
  4. The name, and email address of your Chief Executive/Chair, and a short letter of support for your application. 
  5. A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. 


Please submit the required documentation to David Johnson at to reach us by email no later than 12.00pm (noon) on Friday 24th June 2022

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be in the two weeks following the deadline either online or face to face. Successful appointments will be announced in mid-July 2022.