U.S. Fellowships in Public Service

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. This distinctive program requires ACED Fellows to have at least one year of full-time experience in community development or social services or the equivalent (1,700 hours)—as either a paid professional or a volunteer—prior to starting classes. Service with AmeriCorps programs like City Year and Teach For America count towards this requirement.  Fellows complete one calendar year of full-time coursework and 11 months of a full-time, hands-on professional practice in communities and organizations.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a unique leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains emerging leaders committed to social justice. Program participants gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. Through this unique program bridging community-based efforts and national public policy, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

Capital Fellows Programs is run by the Center for California Studies administers four fellowship programs. 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.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Public Policy Fellowship offers talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in public policy.

The Coro Fellows Program offers talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to work in congressional offices and federal agencies, depending on their area of interest.

I. Donald Terner Residency Program is a two-year fellowship program in the San Francisco office of BRIDGE Housing. It is an excellent opportunity for experience and training with California’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable homes for working families and seniors.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research offers the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy to a promising scholar each year. This Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships award fellowships to early-career science and mathematics teachers combining extensive financial and professional support. The five-year KSTF Teaching Fellows Program is divided into three phases, with each phase building on the next.

The Leonard Rieser Fellowship provides up to two successful applicants with a one-time award of up to $4,000 to pursue projects that explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy, focusing on a significant aspect of nuclear security, climate stabilization or biotechnology. Any undergraduate student studying at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. U.S. citizenship required.

MfA Fellowship The Math for America Fellowship is a highly selective five-year program where recent college graduates make a commitment to teach mathematics in public secondary schools.  The fellowship includes one year earning a master’s degree in education and four years teaching math and participating in MfA corps activities and professional development. U.S. citizenship required.

The New York City Urban Fellows Program is a selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in mayoral offices and city agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. This firsthand knowledge is supplemented by a series of workshops that help promote a deep understanding of the structure of New York City government. Eligibility is limited to current college seniors or those who have graduated within two years at the time of application. Applicants need not be New York City residents or U.S. citizens, but they must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work full-time in the U.S. after graduation.

The Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program is a professional, paid, full-time, 13-month experience that offers college graduates an unparalleled opportunity to work with the Ohio General Assembly. The fellowship program begins the first week of December each year and continues through December 31 of the following year. The application period begins January 1 of every year.

The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year and a searchable database is provided on the website.

The Pickering Fellowship has both an undergraduate and graduate programs. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the fall after graduation.

Schweitzer Fellows Program annually serve more than 25,000 people and offer prevention, wellness and access programs that address the underlying causes of health inequities, such as poverty, the environment, and education. In doing so, the Schweitzer Fellowship works to improve health outcomes in underserved communities.  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 provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.

Soros Fellowships for New Americans honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New American immigrants or the children of immigrants each year. The application is open to college seniors, students in the early stages of their graduate career, and those in the workforce who are seeking graduate training.  Deadline is November 1 of each year.

The Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master's degree in one of thirteen fields of study.

The Villers Fellowship works as a full-time policy analyst on Families USA's Medicaid and enrollment policy teams. The fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, DC, and is designed to provide the fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues.

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is a year-long, full-time, salaried fellowship designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander social justice leaders. Candidates seeking consideration for the Wellstone Fellowship must demonstrate an interest in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve health care justice and social change. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey.