wayne embry fellowship, $30,000

The Wayne Embry Fellowship Overview


The Wayne Embry Fellowship begins on July 2, 2020, providing one Canadian with an opportunity to obtain experience in a professional basketball operations environment. The winner receives a $30,000 CAD stipend, which pays semi-monthly. 

About Wayne Embry

Wayne Embry lives by the six P’s: perseverance, passion, persistence, perception, preparation, and pride. However, some people associate another P with Wayne Embry: pioneer. 

For more than 50 years, Embry has been affiliated with the NBA as both a player and front office executive. In fact, he is remembered in professional sports circles for being the first African American to be general manager and a president of an NBA club. 

In addition, Embry has sat on several non-profit and corporate boards. He received numerous leadership awards including the Global Sports Management Summit’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Sports Business Journal’s Champions Award, and the Giant Steps Award from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

In 1999, Embry was enshrined at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2006, he was also added to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. His high school and collegiate uniform numbers were retired. He even has a road named in his honour in Clark County, Ohio!

The Wayne Embry Fellowship

Basically, the fellowship supplies rotations to focus on growing both knowledge and experience in all areas of an NBA basketball team:

  • Coaching
  • Scouting
  • Team Services
  • Player Development
  • Medical
  • Financial
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • G-League 

The Wayne Embry Fellowship winner will receive a mentor and specific responsibilities for each rotation, so they can learn the role that every department plays within an NBA organization. In addition, the winner also partakes in event operations at NBA Summer League and Basketball without Borders world camp over the NBA All-Star weekend. The fellowship covers travel and accommodations for these events.

This fellowship provides access to connections and resources that are difficult to acquire otherwise. The winner gets a sense of what it’s like to work with a team but also outside the team at NBA All-Star weekend. In general, it’s a wide exposure to the NBA. From here, you can choose where you wish to focus your time.

Follow the experience of this year’s Wayne Embry Fellow on Instagram: @RaptorsFellow.

Candidate Requirements

The Toronto Raptors have an interest in candidates who exemplify a passion and commitment to basketball with Mr. Embry’s six P’s:

  • Perseverance
  • Passion
  • Persistence
  • Perception
  • Preparation
  • Pride

The candidate must uphold the spirit of Wayne Embry’s career, so they must exhibit these qualities. For the duration of the fellowship, the winner needs to be available to work full-time hours. This is not a part-time opportunity. 

What Do You Need to Submit?

2021/2022 finalists have already been chosen. However, a resume, video submission, and a commitment to full-time work must be submitted through the Wayne Embry Fellowship website for 2022/2023 submissions. 

Do you demonstrate a commitment to the six P’s? Then this may be the opportunity for you! If you are ready to apply, then check out The Wayne Embry Fellowship: How To Apply next.