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Professional Fellowships

Bridging the Skills and Education Gap

Nest Professional Fellows play a critical role in transferring their skills and knowledge to global handworkers. Through cross-cultural exchange and pro bono development, fellows are helping to reenergize the craft sector, generating increased economic opportunity for artisans.

Find the Fellowship That's Right for You

Fellowships can take place from your desk or via exciting travel around the world—and they work within a flexible time frame to fit your schedule. Based on your skills, experience and professional background, Nest invites you to find an artisan project that is right for you.

Fill out the Fellowship Intake Survey

How it Works

  1. Sign up for the fellowship you are interested in
  2. Be contacted by a Nest team member to discuss your goals and qualifications
  3. Get matched with an artisan business
  4. Prepare for your fellowship with a Nest team member
  5. Get started mentoring

A Targeted Approach

Nest Professional Fellowships are mapped directly to specific needs expressed by the Nest Guild community. Nest matches fellows and artisan business leaders directly to work together on solving unique business challenges.


Common Artisan Business Needs

  • Small Business General
  • Website Building
  • Market Testing
  • Marketing and Sales Strategy
  • Brand Storytelling
  • Photography
  • Business Modeling
  • Financial Planning and Accounting
  • Production Efficiency
  • Quality Control
  • Design Elevation

Fellowship Impact

13,121 hours

2016 fellowship Hours



Total dollars equated to hours worked

based on hourly rates determined by
experience level of our volunteers

In Their Words