Below are descriptions and contact information for a variety of nonprofit and public policy fellowships.
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Acumen Fund Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals with the dedication of serving the poor in the developing world and the business skills to effect change. Fellows will be responsible for overseeing and managing a variety of investments currently in the Acumen Fund portfolio and will provide leadership on projects for organizations that offer goods and services to impoverished populations. At the same time, fellows will play an instrumental role in scoping and developing new investments.
African Woman Public Service Fellowship expands the opportunity for African women to prepare for public service in their home countries. As fellows at NYU Wagner, African women study in one of two graduate programs: the two-year Master of Public Administration or the one-year Master of Science in Management of International Public Service Organizations. The awards for either program will support tuition, housing, travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses. Applicants commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.
The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) is a unique, on-the-job training program for print journalists from developing and transitional countries with an emerging free press. Mid-career reporters and editors spend five months in U.S. newsrooms for an in-depth, practical introduction to the professional and ethical standards of the U.S. print media. In 2003 a Daniel Pearl Fellowship (DPF) was created under the auspices of AFPF to honor slain journalist Daniel Pearl.
The American India Foundation Service Corps Fellowship is a selective program that builds bridges between the United States and India by sending talented and skilled young U.S. nationals to work with leading NGOs in India for a period of nine months. The Fellowship runs from September to June each year. During this time, the Fellows immerse themselves with organizations working on causes related to livelihood, primary education, public health, and human rights.
Ashoka Fellows is an international nonprofit program that supports social entrepreneurs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, East Central Europe, the United States, and Canada. Ashoka Fellows focus their talents on serving the public good by creating projects with a broad social impact on issues such as health, environment, education, legal rights, women, children, and development.
Carnegie Moscow Global Policy Fellowships aim to bring senior U.S. experts from a wide range of fields important to the future of the U.S.-Russian policy agenda to spend time in Moscow. The program is open to individuals with significant experience working on issues of major policy concern but who are not "Russia hands." Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to influence relevant policy discussions upon their return. Knowledge of Russian or prior experience in Russia is not required; fellows are expected to remain employed at their U.S. organizations throughout their term in Moscow.
Deshpande Foundation's Sandbox Fellowship is part of their global exchange program which puts into practice a vision for global exchange specific to development and innovation, relative to the "Sandbox" region of Northwestern Karnataka, India, serving as a development lab for entrepreneurship. The fellowship is a year-long program for dynamic professionals or post-graduate school candidates who have experience working in on-the-ground development and/or social entrepreneurship and are seeking an extended experience working in India on these issues. Fellows work to address challenges at various NGOs working in the fields of Agriculture, Livelihood, Education, and Health.
Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) Colombia Peace Presence is an accompaniment project begun in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, one of several rural communities in Colombia that have taken a stand against war by refusing to support any armed group. FOR has a team in Bogotá to support this accompaniment and to highlight other Colombian grassroots peace initiatives that youth, rural communities, and others are building around the country. Volunteers serve for 12 months, renewable based on mutual agreement. FOR seeks applicants, 23 years or older at the time of service, with sound judgment and proficient in Spanish, committed to nonviolence, and prepared to live simply in a rural environment. FOR provides training in the United States and in Colombia.
Foundation for Young Australians provides seed money for young Australians (ages 12 to 25) who pro-actively seek co-funding to develop initiatives for change and social justice.
Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy A nine- to twelve-month program sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund that seeks to build a network of policy-oriented health care researchers in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fellowships provide an opportunity for fellows from the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand to spend four to twelve months in the United States conducting research relevant to health care policy and practice in both the United States and the fellow's home country.
Indicorps is an international nonprofit that offers Fellowships for people of Indian origin to implement sustainable development projects with community-based organizations in India. As an intense, total-immersion leadership program, Indicorps will encourage individuals to explore their roles as a catalyst for change. Indicorps projects embody a firm and demonstrated commitment to promoting peace, inclusiveness, secularism, and the empowerment of India's people.
International Fellows Program (IFP) is a public-private sector initiative created in 1987 to provide recent college graduates and graduate students an opportunity to work overseas for nine months as International Fellows. Fellows are assigned to various development organizations such as Africare, CARE, Save the Children, TechnoServe, Opportunities Industrialization Centers International, Counterpart International, and UNICEF to work on various types of community-based development activities.
Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program is organized by the Women's Law & Public Policy Program (see their other fellowship program in the U.S. Fellowships section below). It provides training to African lawyers who are interested in women's issues by facilitating their pursuit of a Master of Law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center and arranging on-the-job experiential training at organizations committed to the advancement of women's rights.
Legacy Heritage Fellowship Program places exceptional applicants in North America, Europe, and Israel in a year-long paid fellowship with major organizations, think tanks, NGOs, and media settings supporting pro-Israel policy. Fellows are given positions in the countries in which they currently reside and are mentored by senior executives in their placements. Fellows attend three educational conferences held in Israel, Europe, and the United States, and also implement a Middle East Public Service Initiative that they design and execute during the Fellowship year.
PLEASE NOTE: As of 2013, this fellowship is no longer being administered. The Legacy Heritage Fund recommends visiting the Israel Research Fellowship's website for information about a similar opportunity.
Masa Israel Service Fellows is a 10-month service learning program for a select group of exceptional Jewish college graduates. Israel Service Fellows work on informal education, community development, and empowerment projects and live and work together in small groups in Akko, just north of Haifa in northern Israel. Aside from a service placement, all fellows receive ongoing professional support, intensive Hebrew training, and trips throughout Israel. Fellows partner with a group of Israeli peers and both groups undergo joint programming and carry out service work together. Following an initial training period, Israel Service Fellows live in small groups and work at their volunteer placements for 25-30 hours per week, including schools, youth centers, and community centers. There, Fellows create various activities for youth, such as photography classes, music lessons, or community garden work. Fellows also take part in professional training in order to develop knowledge and skills to become effective educators and agents for social change in their home communities.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows aims to close the achievement gap in Israel's education system by placing English-speaking college graduates as English teachers' aides in schools throughout the country. The program begins with a month of training including Hebrew ulpan and pedagogy. Following training, participants will live in small groups throughout Israel before being placed in schools. Participants will teach for 20 hours per week in their school and will choose or design a secondary volunteering project in the community in which they live. Successful applicants must have a college degree, experience in formal or informal education, previously demonstrated ability to excel in a cross-cultural environment, and be willing to be immerse themselves in Israeli culture.
McCall-Pierpaoli Fellowship was created to enable former refugees to learn to become effective advocates on humanitarian issues. Fellows work closely with staff to research humanitarian issues, analyze situations involving forced displacement, and advocate for solutions. This Fellowship is available through Refugees International in Washington, DC. This fellowship is for one year and recruitment is in the early summer each year.
New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships are ten-month stipend fellowships at organizations working to advance social justice and democracy in Israel. Each fellowship is designed to enable a talented and committed Jewish professional or recent graduate to spend a year contributing to social justice while experiencing Israel first-hand.
Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship In International Jewish Communal is offered by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. This prestigious Fellowship offers future leaders of the Jewish community, whether lay or professional, a significant experience in international Jewish communal service. One fellowship is awarded annually, and provides an insider's perspective on JDC's global programs. The year of work-study is comprised of a range of unique assignments that respond to the changing needs of Jewish communities around the world. The first 2-3 months are spent in an orientation period in New York, followed by two overseas assignments lasting 4-5 months each.
Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship recognizes the importance of familiarizing U.S. professionals with the political, economic, and cultural environment of Europe and of the Federal Republic of Germany. This is an international professional fellowship program with the goal of fostering a community of future transatlantic leaders, and it also contributes to the participants' professional competence and expertise, and broadens their cultural horizons.
Social Science Research Council Fellowships pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and advanced research grants in both the social sciences and humanities. Some programs also provide support for natural scientists and non-academic professionals.
UNU Institute of Advanced Studies Ph.D. & Postdoctoral Fellowships Ten fellowships are offered each year to promising postdoctoral and Ph.D. level candidates engaged in research on sustainable development. The program aims to provide young scholars, particularly from developing countries, with an opportunity to experience the unique international academic environment of United Nations University, as well as providing an opportunity for young scholars from developing countries to interact with the Japanese academic community and, in doing so, provide a conduit between Japan and developing country academia, as well as Japan and the UN system.
Youth Service Opportunities Project Fellows Program engages young people in direct service, while encouraging their development as the future leaders of nonprofit organizations. The program is a year-long fellowship for recent graduates. YSOP Fellows are involved with every aspect of the organization; they lead high school and college students in our Workcamps, identify and schedule service placements at service agencies, and encourage reflection on the volunteer experience. YSOP Fellows help organize and prepare for all aspects of the programs, including contacting guest speakers, reviewing program evaluations, and training Workcamp staff.
Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellowship offers qualified U.S. graduate students the opportunity to spend three summer months at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. During their residency, recipients enjoy access to a wide array of research resources including the Center's reference library, benefit from the Center's relationship with the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, and are encouraged to interact with Washington policymakers and with Wilson Center scholars and staff. Fellows present an informal discussion of their work at the conclusion of their residency.
Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program A $15,000 grant supported by The New World Foundation. Provides funding for a three-month (or longer) sabbatical for activists of color. Open to people of color, living in the United States, with a minimum of 10 years experience, who have been committed to social change.
American Enterprise Institute's National Research Initiative fellowship program is intended for recently minted Ph.D. and JDs interested in spending up to two postdoctoral years at AEI; Ph.D. candidates finishing their dissertation are also eligible. Fellows work with AEI scholars to produce analysis of public policy, but are also expected to propose and advance their own research agendas. Intended for students who study economics, political science, law, or public policy, applicants should demonstrate a research interest in U.S. domestic policy issues. Fellows conduct original, empirical research and writing projects, and will be expected to produce a paper of publishable quality during their time at the Institute. Fellows are awarded generous stipends and also receive health insurance and other employee benefits, office space, and access to all AEI facilities.
American Jewish World Service World Partners Fellowship selects eight to ten recent college graduates who have demonstrated particular interest in the intersection of international justice issues and Jewish values. These fellows are matched with NGOs based on their skills and interests, and based on the needs of the NGOs. Participants will also be expected to do additional writing during their fellowship and share their experience with their communities upon completion of the fellowship.
PLEASE NOTE: This fellowship is currently being phased out, and will conclude in 2014.
American Prospect Writing Fellowships support writers under 30 who show the potential to thrive as critical journalists and public intellectuals. Fellows will participate in seminars with leading journalists and work closely with American Prospect editors and contributors in developing their own work.
Anne Templeton Zimmerman Fellowship allows a young adult (21-30) to who wants to use their talents in web work, video production, stage production, and design to help end slavery. The fellowship offers a salary, benefits, and the chance to work with Free the Slaves' Los Angeles-based communications team.
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Fellowships administers three separate fellowship programs that place graduate students or professionals with a commitment to the Asian American or Pacific Islander communities into congressional offices or federal agencies for nine months of hands-on research and policy work.
Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development is a two-year fellowship program leading to a master's degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology, each with an interdisciplinary sequence in Applied Community/Economic Development. Fellows complete one calendar year of on-campus study. During their professional practice internships in their second year, fellows receive community and economic development field experience in urban and rural communities. The ACED Fellows Program includes full tuition waivers, plus stipends for the graduate assistantship and internship.
Byron Hanke Fellowship for Graduate Research on Community Associations Graduate students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian universities who are researching any aspect of community associations (such as homeowners' groups or cooperative housing boards) can apply at any time for the fellowship, which offers a stipend of between $2,000 and $4,000 to complete a research project.
Capital Fellows Programs This program is run by the Center for California Studies. Fellows work for 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $1,972, and are considered employees of CSUS. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at CSUS and receive 12 graduate credits from the CSUS Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program
Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy seeks to prepare minority physicians for leadership positions in health policy and improve the capacity of the health care system to address the needs of minority and disadvantaged populations. The program offers a one-year, full-time program of rigorous academic training, which leads to a master's degree in public health or public administration.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Public Policy Fellowship Program was created by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to assist in the development of the next generation of Latino leaders in public policy. Each year, the nine-month fellowship program provides up to 21 promising Latinos from across the United States an opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows have worked on international affairs, economic development, and educational and housing policies.
Congressional Hunger Center Fellowships comprises two programs that seek to train the next generation of hunger-fighters. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows spend a year focused on hunger in the United States, while the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows are sent to work on hunger issues in developing countries.
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs aims to strengthen the quality of leadership in the United States through a non-partisan, nine-month, full-time, graduate level experiential leadership training program. The program is conducted at the Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis Coro centers. Coro Fellows engage in individually tailored field assignments in a business, a labor union, a government agency, a community agency, and on a political election campaign. A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience is required; post-graduate academic and/or work experiences are welcomed. Stipends and financial assistance are available and vary from center to center.
Dolores Kohl '55 Fellowship in Elementary Teaching is awarded annually to a Master of Arts in Teaching student at Brandeis University who demonstrates passion for the social mission of public education and who shows high promise of long-term excellence in and commitment to teaching. Brandeis University Public Educator Scholarship provides $10,000 in tuition support to the recipient.
Dorot Fellowship in Israel develops knowledgeable and impassioned Diaspora Jewish lay leadership. Fellows are funded for twelve months in Israel for an intensive language program, Jewish study, and an internship. The Fellowship is open to Jewish college graduates aged 22 to 35. Awards of up $14,000 are determined according to need.
Duke Endowment Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for recent college students (undergraduate and graduate) who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The fellowship is only open to past or current residents of North and South Carolina, or to recent graduates of colleges and universities in these two states.
Echoing Green Public Service Fellows. Echoing Green Foundation is a global social venture fund that identifies, funds, and supports visionary leaders with bold new ideas for social change both domestically and internationally. Fellows work in all public service areas including, but not limited to education, youth development, health, housing, environmental justice, civil and human rights, economic development, social justice, the arts, and immigration. Through the two-year Fellowship program, Echoing Green provides start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity. The Fellowship offers: A grant of $60,000 paid in four equal installments over two years, conferences that provide unique opportunities for networking and education, access to a network of public service leaders committed to sharing their experience, knowledge, and energy with each other.
Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), associated with Michigan State University, is an in-service program for mid-career professionals who work full-time in education; health and human services; public, private, and nonprofit sectors; business; and community settings.
El Pomar Foundation offers a two-year program designed to train recent college graduates for work in the philanthropic sector. Applicants should have a connection to Colorado, a commitment to community service, and strong leadership potential.
English Language Fellows Program The EL Fellow Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the School for International Training, recruits applicants to serve as Junior English Language Fellows and as Senior English Language Fellows for ten-month positions in teaching and curriculum design abroad. Qualifications: All Fellows must be U.S. citizens, with an M.A. in TEFL/TESL or a closely related field.
Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program (Formerly NAPIL Fellowships) offers law graduates opportunities to work with nonprofit groups on issues including homelessness, access to health care, domestic violence, community development, civil rights, and the protection of children. Experienced lawyers, law school graduates, and third year law school students are eligible to apply for two year fellowships. Fellows must apply with a specific nonprofit partner and are paid an entry-level salary. NAPIL will assist fellows with educational debt requirements.
Eureka Fellows is two-year training program sponsored by Eureka Communities, in which nonprofit leaders from different regions of the United States attend meetings and travel to successful organizations similar to the ones they direct.
Everett Public Service Internship Program Funds over 200 summer internships at progressive public service organizations. Applicants must have completed at least two semesters at a U.S. university.
Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service inspires, engages, and connects emerging public service leaders in New York City with a unique career planning and professional development opportunity. The eight-month program provides fellows with opportunities to discuss public service issues and career challenges with experts in the public service field; gain a clear assessment of their own leadership assets, knowledge base, and skill set; build a network of peers and mentors who can offer insight and guidance on career development; and develop a career plan based on personal assessments and professional goals. The fellowship is sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Great Oaks Tutor Corps Urban Education Fellowship is an intense one-year Urban Education Fellowship designed to close the achievement gap one student at a time. A highly selective full-time service year for recent college graduates, the Corps members work on the front lines of education reform in Newark at Great Oaks Charter School, a new open-admission, tuition-free charter school in Newark, NJ. The Great Oaks Tutor Corps lets idealistic and dedicated young people invest their time and energy in the success of six middle school students to improve their academic skills while building critical personal relationships with students and families.
Greenlining Institute Fellowship Program is an annual leadership training program for multi-ethnic students who have at minimum completed their undergraduate studies and want experience working on low-income and minority economic development. Fellows conduct research, write reports and position papers, help organize community events, and interface regularly with multi-ethnic community, corporate, and government leaders. They write articles for various papers, represent the Greenlining Institute on TV and radio, and give presentation and testimony at policy hearings.
Hearst Minority Fellowship is a fully funded ten-month fellowship sponsored by the Hearst Foundation intended to promote the inclusion of under-represented groups in organized philanthropy. Participants matriculate at Indiana University to receive an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies or an MPA in Nonprofit Management. Applicants must be a member of an under-represented group, have a B.A., and be accepted into the M.A. or MPA program.
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides stipends for college graduates to spend six to nine months working for a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC on a range of issues involving nuclear and conventional arms control and disarmament, international security, and related issues.
Hillel Fellowships offer seven one-year fellowships for outstanding recent college graduates at Hillel's International Center in Washington, DC. Fellows gain an opportunity to affect many aspects of Jewish campus life while receiving an in-depth professional experience. The Fellowships involve varying degrees of travel, pay a $24,000 stipend, and offer benefits and vacation time.
I. Donald Terner Residency Program is a two-year fellowship program in real estate and community development sponsored by the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Applicants should have a college degree, and some previous volunteer work or other job experience which demonstrates their commitment to community development. Applications are handled via the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy is a six- to nine-month program that affords outstanding U.S. professionals the opportunity to study, travel, and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand, including first-hand knowledge of economic, social, and political reforms.
Insight: The Schusterman Fellowship for Jewish Community offers a two-year post-undergraduate fellowship and leadership training program for young professionals with Jewish backgrounds. Emphasizing work in the area of young adult engagement, the Insight fellowship involves three six-month placements at nonprofits in New York City and Washington, DC, national gatherings, a trip to Israel, and monthly local trainings. The fellowship includes a yearly stipend of $36,000, health benefits, and an exit stipend of $2,000.
Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship program, run by the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, provides students with specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Students are recruited from across the nation and apply as sophomores to participate in a five-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, and graduate study.
Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship Program is designed to encourage a college graduate who has a commitment to the Asian Pacific American community to pursue a public policy career. The Fellowship is for nine months and provides a stipend of $15,000 and medical insurance. The Fellow will be placed either in the APAICS office or in the office of a member of Congress or congressional committee, a federal agency, or a nonprofit public policy organization. The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in research on policy issues and will be expected to write a substantial paper during the Fellowship.
Institute for Women's Policy Research Fellowships. In addition to internship opportunities, the IWPR offers fellowships in research and development. The IWPR focuses on issues related to equal opportunity and economic and social justice for women.
Interfaith Youth Core Fellows Alliance is a year-long paid fellowship program open to undergraduates at U.S. universities who are committed to organizing interfaith activities and making interfaith cooperation a social norm on their campus. Includes a $2,500 annual stipend, budget for on-campus programs, and attendance at leadership training sessions in Chicago.
International Affairs Fellowship in India. Run by the Council on Foreign Relations, this fellowship offers U.S. nationals between the ages of 27 and 45 the opportunity to spend up to a year in India doing policy-oriented research or professional work.
J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize provides $1,500 grants to students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference is given to applicants who have already found such a position but who require extra funds. Applicants should send a resume and a statement of short- and long-term goals, along with statements from three references and a letter of support from a faculty member, to: J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund, 1524 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Joel L. Fleishman Fellowship in Civil Society provides a select group of outstanding civil society practitioners working internationally or domestically with the opportunity to visit the Sanford Institute at Duke University for a four-week mini-sabbatical. During this time participants pursue research or other work related to the development of civil society. The fellowship covers housing and program expenses and a $6,000 stipend. Full-time academics are not eligible to apply. The October 1 start date is not flexible since all fellows must begin together as a cohort.
Leonard Rieser Fellowship in Science, Technology, and Global Security annually provides one-time awards of $2,500 to $5,000 to between three and five undergraduate students seeking to explore the connections between science, technology, global security, and public policy (science students are especially encouraged to apply). It is presented to students whose academic interests, extracurricular activities, and career aspirations demonstrate a significant interest in the role of scientists in formulating public policy and in addressing global security policy challenges.
Marshall Scholarships and Fellowships provide up to 40 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships to study for two, and sometimes three, years at any university in the United Kingdom. Additionally, each year up to two fellowships are offered to U.S. scientists or engineers seeking to conduct a year of post-doctoral research at a British university or research institute.
MfA Fellowship, run by Math for America, offers mathematically talented college graduates a five year fellowship which includes full tuition scholarship for a master's degree program and four years of teaching in a New York City public secondary school. Applicants must be U.S. residents/citizens, have a bachelors degree, and "know and love math."
Medicare Rights Center Fellowships help older citizens and individuals with disabilities get good affordable health care through direct service, education, and advocacy initiatives. The Medicare Rights Center offers one- to two-year fellowships in the fields of health advocacy, policy, education, and marketing. These positions are open to graduating seniors and recent graduates. Look under "Job Openings."
Morris K. Udall Scholarships provide 80 college sophomores and juniors with $5,000 in funding assistance, as well as 50 honorable mentions of $350. Applicants must fall into one of two categories: those with career interests in environmental public policy, or Native Americans/Alaska Natives with career interests in health care or tribal public policy. Additionally, two Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowships are offered annually, providing $24,000 in financial support to Ph.D. candidates in the last year of writing their dissertations.
National Urban Fellows is a fully funded, 14-month, full-time graduate program comprised of academic course work and field experience, leading to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs, City University of New York. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have three to five years working in the field, and have a B.A.
New York City Teaching Fellows teach in New York City classrooms as they pursue their own education through a subsidized Master's degree program. They also benefit from a regular teacher's salary and benefits, and a non-taxable living stipend of $2,500.
New York City Urban Fellows Program is dedicated to the memory of Robert F. Wagner Jr. and was initiated to offer aspiring public policymakers the opportunity to grapple first hand with contemporary urban issues. Components of Urban Fellows Program include weekly seminars and symposia. In addition to the seminars and symposia, Urban Fellows have workshops geared toward professional development.
Open Society Institute Community Fellowships An 18-month fellowship sponsored by the Open Society Institute. Applicants work in New York or Baltimore serving the inner-city communities located there. Fellows receive a significant stipend to cover their costs.
Open Society Institute Soros Justice Fellowships are offered in three areas—Advocacy, Senior, and Media—and fund dynamic professionals from varied disciplines to design and implement projects that support the mission of OSIs U.S. Justice Fund.
Partners in School Innovation School Improvement Fellows serve full-time at an urban elementary school to implement a "Results-Oriented Cycle of Inquiry" aimed at closing the achievement gap, enhancing the learning of all students, and improving the practice of teaching. Fellows must have at least two years of teaching experience, and earn an annual salary of $47,500 plus benefits.
Paul and Phyllis Fireman Public Service Fellowship at City Year (pdf) is designed for highly talented and committed members of the business, civic, or governmental sectors, who are recent graduates of MBA, MPP, MPA, or other advanced studies programs. The Fireman Fellow will join a professional, talented and diverse staff, work on projects that are essential to helping City Year achieve its organizational goals, and gain practical experience in nonprofit management and social enterprise.
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program promotes careers in public service with an outreach focus among students of color. PPIA Fellows participate in a fully funded training program during the summer before their senior year as preparation for graduate school. Fellows are then provided with internships and other professional development opportunities. Finally, participants receive a scholarship towards a Masters Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, or International Affairs from select institutions.
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue independent work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.
Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York offers one-year fellowships to mid-career urban activists and community leaders from diverse fields. Ten Fellows are selected to pursue self-designed study programs for one academic year at Columbia University and to meet together for weekly seminars on urban issues in order to enhance their ability to contribute to the improvement of New York City. Fellows receive a stipend of $23,000 in addition to free tuition, and student health insurance (optional).
Rhode Island Foundation Fellows Program provides up to $12,500 for 20 leaders in the Rhode Island nonprofit community to pursue their own ideas of professional development.
Schweitzer Fellows Program supports aspiring health professionals in projects of direct service to underserved communities. The fellows are selected from applications submitted by medical, nursing, public health, social work, and other health professional students. Students are encouraged to submit original proposals for projects that reflect Dr. Schweitzer's ethics. Programs are located in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, and throughout the states of North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Medical students may also apply to be one of four Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows, who are sent to work three months at the Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award Graduating college seniors who wish to pursue public service for up to one year are eligible for this $10,000 stipend. Applicants may use the money for an individual project or for one that involves an educational, community, or religious organization. Awards are granted on the basis of the candidate's academic record, the quality of the proposal, and related personal achievements.
Skadden Fellowships is a program of Skadden Arps, one of the nation's largest law firms. Fellowships are awarded to 25 graduating law students and outgoing judicial clerks for public interest work. Fellows provide legal services to the poor, elderly, homeless, and disabled, as well as those deprived of their human or civil rights. Fellows have also worked on economic development and community renewal. Fellows propose a project and receive salary and benefits for up to two years.
Simons Fellowships at the Yale University Child Study Center are two-year fellowships for recent college graduates. One track focuses on design engineering, another on computer science. Using different approaches, these two fellowships seek to create and apply novel engineering and computational tools to the early diagnosis, characterization, and treatment of autism. In addition to the benefits of a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment, the Fellowship includes a balance of direct mentorship and self-directed project development.
Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards grants for resident aliens, naturalized U.S. citizens, or the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. These fellowships provide up to two years of graduate study in the United States, and are chosen on a national competitive basis. Thirty fellowships will be awarded each year.
Sounds Conservancy Grants Program supports marine education and research in the region that stretches from Long Island Sound to Nantucket Sound. Grants average $1,000 (and do not exceed $2,500) and are designed especially to support students with marine science research projects. A small portion of funds are available to support local nonprofits with public education and outreach efforts.
State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and public safety. Working in independent, highly respected think tanks located in state capitals, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms. The program is run by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs/Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is for outstanding undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds, with an unusual level of commitment, uncommon motivation, and the ability to endure any and all directives with invariable dedication to U.S. interests are desired. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a college sophomore, and have a 3.2 GPA or higher at the time of application. Each successful candidate is required to serve as a Foreign Service Officer for a minimum of four and a half years.
Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to community service. Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a Masters degree in one of ten fields of study.
U.S. Golf Association Fellowship in Leadership and Service is a two-year, post-graduate commitment with an option for a special project during the third year. It is aimed at developing recent college graduates professional skills such as leadership and organizational efficiency, educating them in the role of foundations and the nonprofit sector, and offering them experience in the golf world through one of its main governing bodies.
Vallecitos Mountain Refuge Fellowship Program provides support for activists to live for two weeks at the Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, a 135 acre wilderness ranch high in the Rocky Mountains west of Taos, New Mexico. The fellowship pays all the costs of a two-week residency. To qualify you must have at least five years of public interest experience and a demonstrated capacity for leadership. Several other Vallecitos Mountain Refuge Retreats are offered annually, each with their own area of focus.
Watson Fellowships are open to graduating seniors from 50 colleges and universities nationwide. Participants come up with projects and spend one year abroad working and travelling. The stipend for the year is $22,000 ($31,000 for fellows accompanied by a spouse or dependent child).
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is a year-long, full-time, salaried fellowship. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to honor the memory of the late Senator Paul D. Wellstone by fostering the advancement of social justice through participation in healthcare advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.
Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, hosted at the Georgetown University Law Center, allows recent law graduates to work on public policy issues affecting women for a year. Six to eight successful applicants receive a $37,500+ stipend, plus standard fringe benefits from the organizations where they are placed to work and learn.
New Voices New Voices is a national fellowship program which aims to help small nonprofit organizations bring new talent to their staffs. This two-year fellowship provides full salary support and fringe benefits the first year and 75 percent support the second year for the organizations and their fellows in addition to technical and financial assistance and leadership development opportunities.