Become a Marpha Foundation Fellow

Every year Marpha Foundation hosts fellows who are talented and dedicated practitioners in their fields. These individuals work on a variety of programs and projects as creative contributors. The qualifications and time commitment vary based on the position. Subscribe to the Fellowship mailing list here.

Marpha Foundation provides homemade and locally sourced food, as well as comfortable lodging for all fellows. There is a one-time registration fee of $180 (USD) to cover administrative costs.

2019 sessions:
Session 1: February 22 – May 3
Session 2: April 26 – July 5
Session 3: June 28 – September 6
Session 4: August 30 – November 30

All 2019 Fellowship are now filled.
We are still accepting applications for the waitlist .

Click here to view the Fellowship application


Kindergarten Aid and Monastery Teaching Fellow

In this position you will be teaching alongside local teachers at Marpha Foundation’s Rosehips Kindergarten, working with children between the ages of four and six. You will collaborate on lesson plans and generating teaching materials that synthesize philosophies from Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori approaches to foster an environment for experiential learning. You will also curate free play stations, design guided activities, and help with mealtimes, potty, and basic hygiene.

As a teaching fellow you will also work with the young monks at Marpha’s Samtencholing Monastery. These classes are one hour each, five days a week, with nine students between the ages of 8 and 16 years old. You will design English-medium lessons that focus on Language acquisition through hands-on activities.

Qualifications: Fluent in English. Minimum one-year experience working in an educational setting with children ages two to seven years old.


Kindergarten Creative Studio Fellow (Atelierista)

Similar to the role of the Atelierista in Reggio Emilia programs, this position is for an individual with a background in education and creative arts. As the Kindergarten Creative Studio Fellow you will help staff teachers and children (ages two to six) work with a variety of materials and creative practices that compliment classroom curricular learning. Central to this role will be the documentation of activities for future use, as well as documentation of student work and progress. In this position you will also be responsible for the maintenance of the Creative Studio and related materials. Additionally, you will design and fabricate learning resources such as visual aids, games, and puppets based on the needs of staff teachers.
Qualifications: Fluent in English. Background in creative arts. Previous experience working in an educational setting with children ages two to seven years old preferred.


Kitchen Garden Fellow

In this position you will be responsible for the seasonal and daily responsibilities of tending Sunchance Garden. This includes composting, sowing, watering, pruning, weeding, pest management, harvest, and seed saving. You will also be responsible for designing age appropriate classes that bring all kindergarten levels through the garden for experiential activities throughout the week.

The Sunchance Garden Kitchen will also fall within your purview. Kitchen responsibilities include maintaining facilities (space and equipment), leading weekly baking classes with Kindergarten groups, brewing kombucha, preserving garden and other local produce, as well as facilitating baking activities for other fellows. Additionally, you will seasonally gather and store wild edibles including rose buds, rose hips, oregano, thyme, and rhubarb.

Qualifications: Experience with organic gardening, lunar and biodynamic gardening, and/or permaculture. Experience working with children preferred.


Videography Fellow

In this position, your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, shooting and editing footage for instructional and promotional videos, as well as for creative projects carried out by the Foundation. You will also be responsible for photographing Foundation activities for both documentation and promotional purposes.

Qualifications:  Fluent in English. Demonstrated proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite software.