Professional Fellowship Program

The Nest Professional Fellowship Program is a volunteer program created to foster collaboration and solution building directly between artisans and professionals. Based on your skills, experience and professional background, we invite you to find an artisan project that is right for you. Fellowships can take place both remotely from your desk or on-site via exciting travel around the world.

Join Our Fellowship Network Today! 

Our Fellowships are Impact Driven. Nest has worked with fellows coming from industry leaders including Oscar de la Renta, Rag & Bone, 3.1 Philip Lim, adidas, and Maiyet. As a result, artisan beneficiaries of Nest programming realized 76% increases in revenues and 45% production growth. A sampling of past fellowship projects include: Business Development                    Environmental Conservation                  Product Design & Design Mentorship Sales & Marketing                             Photography & Videography                   Technology & Innovation  

Remote Fellowships              On-Site Fellowships

Nest Professional Fellowship Spotlight

Caroline Ashkar is a talented LA-based photographer and musician. She traveled to Nest’s Swaziland project to document a unique, month-long leather workshop. Caroline’s engaging photos captured the rare interaction and collaboration between the high-end contemporary craftsman and the increasingly sophisticated craft of rural Swaziland.

Sapna Shah, former Handbag Designer at Rag & Bone, traveled to Swaziland to work with all-female Nest artisan business partner, Gone Rural, on their creative team. Sapna’s fellowship goals centered on providing critical guidance, support and hands-on training in the design and production of a new line of Gone Rural handbags.

“For us, it was most helpful to learn about the most critical things to keep in mind when working with a client: clear communication, timeliness, quality control, and willingness to be upfront and open about capabilities.”

—Cayley Pater, a Nest Guild artisan leader producing handmade fair-trade educational toys made my refugee women in the West Bank, took part in a Nest webinar panel led by professional panelists from: Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Urban Outfitters and Martha Stewart Omnimedia.

Amanda Lee, an Accessories Designer at Phillip Lim, traveled to Swaziland to work with the weavers at Rosecraft, assisting the businesses across verticals of production efficiency, systems management, design and product development. Since Amanda’s arrival, Rosecraft has been able to put her training into immediate practice, already realizing vast improvements in product quality and sales.