Apply Now: The Pauli Murray Fellowship for Emerging Non-Profit & Social Justice Leaders

Feb 05, 2024

The Pauli Murray Fellowship is open for applications

Sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

We are thrilled to announce that applications for the ACLU’s Pauli Murray Fellowship for emerging leaders and social justice champions are now open! This fellowship, honoring the legacy of Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray is designed for college grads who have overcome systemic barriers to achievement and are eager to kickstart their nonprofit careers. Dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leaders, this 18-month program promises meaningful exposure, access and training to enhance your leadership skills. 
Ready to embark on your nonprofit journey fighting for civil rights? 

Apply now! Applications are due March 8th, 2024. 

Fellows will work with cross-functional ACLU teams overseeing critical initiatives, projects, and priorities.  By joining the ACLU, Fellows will work with experienced colleagues, engage in meaningful work, and strengthen the skills and networks they need to launch their non-profit careers.

Key Features of the Pauli Murray Fellowship include:

  • Full-time employment, $72,000 annual salary, and benefits for 18-months at the ACLU National Headquarters in New York.
  • Access to senior leaders and mentors at the ACLU and partner organizations, including career networking opportunities.
  • Stipends to expand career and professional development through conferences, coursework, graduate school coaching, etc.
  • Skill development in professional communications, organizational strategy, project management, and more.
  • Regular roundtables and fireside chats with leaders from inside and outside the ACLU.
  • Community with fellows cohort and colleagues.

Selection Timeline:

  • All applications are due on Friday, March 8, 2024 by 11:59pm EST
  • Interviews: March & April 2024
  • Final Selection: End of April 2024

Who Should Apply?

Individuals making their entry into the nonprofit sector full-time, overcoming systemic barriers to achievement, are encouraged to apply—especially those with a fresh perspective and a commitment to our mission.

Minimum qualifications:

  • College graduate by September 2024 seeking entry-level role
  • A demonstrated commitment or interest to leadership, service, civil rights and civil liberties
  • An 18-month commitment to working at the ACLU
  • Eligibility to work in the United States through the duration of the program (September 2024 – March 2026)
  • There is no single “right” major or course of study. We are looking for strong problem solvers with an eagerness to learn, a passion to lead, and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.
  • This fellowship primarily focuses on organizational leadership, emphasizing the operational aspects of an organization. If you are interested in our legal fellowships or direct advocacy work please click here.

Selection Criteria:

The selection committee will engage in a consistent and holistic review process, with attention to applicants with:

  • A demonstrated commitment to sustained leadership and service.
  • A demonstrated resilience in the face of systemic barriers.
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
  • No prior connection to the ACLU (via past internships, fellowships, other connections) a plus

Apply by March 8th, 2024

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