Fellowship programs

Below is a list of well-known fellowships for you to explore. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

Multi-location

  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Policy

Outside of the United States

  • Health and human rights
  • Research, writing, and journalism
  • Peace, policy, and relationship building
  • Youth

Within the United States

  • Education, health, and hunger
  • Research, writing, and journalism
  • Sector leadership development
  • Peace, policy, and law
  • Women

Multi-location

Business and Entrepreneurship

Acumen Fund Fellows Program Building transformative businesses that serve the poor requires a unique pool of talent comprised of individuals who have the operational and financial skills combined with the moral imagination necessary to create innovative solutions to global poverty. Acumen Fund is addressing this need for talent in the social sector by creating leadership programs that identify, train, and connect these leaders to become architects to the social sector. By investing in these individuals we aim to create an interconnected web of global leaders who share values, drive change, and have a deep commitment to building a more inclusive economy and social system. 

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.

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.

Policy

The United States Department of State has a variety of fellowships for college students, graduate students, and professionals to work in the United States and abroad.  Click here to view the opportunities.

International Fellowships

Health and human rights

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.

Research, writing, and journalism

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.

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 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.

Peace, policy, and relationship building

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

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) Colombia Peace Presence is an accompaniment project begun in the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartad 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 Bogota; 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.

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.

Youth

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.

U.S. Fellowships

Education, health, and hunger

Mongan Commonwealth Fund 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 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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Research, writing, and journalism

Wilson Center Fellowships The Wilson Center offers a variety of residential fellowship opportunities for scholars around the world.

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

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

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.

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.

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).

Sector leadership

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.

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.

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.

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.

Encore.org offers a paid fellowship for people entering the second acts of their careers. Fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to do high-impact, challenging work.

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 unpaid and sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Hearst Minority Fellowship is a fully funded ten-month fellowship sponsored managed by the Aspen Institute 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.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award Graduating college seniors who wish to pursue public service for up to one year are eligible for this $15,000 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.

Peace, policy, and law

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Fellowships administers a  fellowship program that places graduate students or professionals  of Asian American or Pacific Islander descent into congressional offices or federal agencies for nine months of hands-on research and policy work.

Capital Fellows Programs These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. Fellows in each program work for 10 – 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $1972 and are employees of Sacramento State.

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.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships Programs 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Women

Institute for Women’s Policy Research Fellowships. In addition to internship opportunities, the IWPR offers a fellowship in research and development. The IWPR focuses on issues related to equal opportunity and economic and social justice for women.

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