Obama Foundation Fellowship 2018/2019 for civic innovators worldwide (Fully Funded)
Application Deadline: Friday, October 6th 2017 @ 6:00pm CT
The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation.
The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.
The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.
Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.
Guidance in developing a personalized Fellowship roadmap to help you get the most out of the program
Ongoing skill-building and training courses tailored to your particular needs
Individual coaching and mentoring to help you move your work forward
Participation in a global cohort of leaders poised to change the civic engagement landscape
Exposure to opportunities provided by other Foundation programming, such as mentorship roles and speaking engagements
Participation in four gatherings (including economy airfare to/from the event, lodging, and all meals during the events)
For the inaugural class – the opportunity to shape the Fellowship program for future years.
The Fellowship is not a full-time commitment, but active and engaged participation is key to creating a meaningful Fellowship experience. Fellows commit to:
Participating in the full programming of the four Fellowship gatherings
Devoting a few hours each month to ongoing training and programming
Sharing responsibility for creating a supportive, collaborative community of Fellows
Collaborating with the Foundation throughout the Fellowship to evaluate and refine the program for future classes
Contributing their leadership, creativity, and voice to other Foundation programs. In this inaugural cohort, we’re looking for Fellows who are eager to explore the roles they can play in the broader ecosystem of the Foundation — whether serving as mentors, facilitating local trainings, or writing about their work for a wider audience.
Application opens: Wednesday, September 6th @ 11:00am CT
Application closes: Friday, October 6th @ 6:00pm CT
Applicants notified: February 2018
First Fellowship Gathering: April 2018