Calling All Social Entrepreneurs: Apply to be a 2016 New America CA Fellow

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New America CA invests in California-based fellows who are working on the most innovative approaches to solving public problems. Whether leading cutting-edge organizations, developing technology to be applied in new ways, championing fresh ideas, or pioneering methods of using media to engage the public, their dynamism is compelling.

The goal of the New America Fellows program is to find bold, iconoclastic thinkers and to provide financial support for one year. This tenure is designed to be long enough so that they can improve their ability to tell compelling stories about their work, expand their capacity to reach targeted audiences through media, determine if their idea is replicable in other locations or nationally, and long enough to be able to build a real community among the fellows.

Fellows will benefit from a financial stipend of $30,000 per year, engagement with each other and with New America’s various policy programs, and the expanded audience and exposure from New America and its media partners. We expect that Fellows will continue their professional commitments during the term of their fellowship and that the stipend will supplement their current earnings, or provide them with extra time to engage with public audiences via the fellowship.

New America CA is the newest part of New America’s expanding national network. We are establishing hubs in cities around the country that will amplify the power of local public problem solvers by telling their stories in a way that’s engaging and reaches our target audiences in California. New America CA’s purpose is also to convey those problem-solving techniques horizontally to our current and future hubs in New York City and Chicago respectively, and to infuse New America DC’s federal policy recommendations with an expanded set of solutions being tested on the the ground. We believe that through healthy debate among people of different experiences, perspectives and beliefs we can find solutions to America’s toughest problems and we will serve as a nexus for dynamic, cutting-edge debate on topics that resonate in California and beyond. 

Who and What We Are Looking For 

Social Entrepreneur 

You are a visionary social entrepreneur who is driving bold new ways to solve public problems.

Impact Potential 

Your innovation is positioned to effect policy, behavior, or systems change and shows evidence of significant impact already achieved.


Your approach disrupts an unsustainable and unjust status quo to solve social problems.

Area of Work 

Your work addresses a critical and timely issue that falls within New America’s program areas. Although your subject matter falls within our program areas, your approach may not be similar to the programs, in fact, it may be quite different.

You Want to Tell Your Story in a Compelling Way 

You would benefit from developing a sophisticated communications plan to tell the story of your work in a range of cutting-edge media outlets and by working with our editorial team to shape dynamic content that showcases your work. You would be energized by learning from a cohort of world-class New America CA fellows and New America National Fellows based in Washington, DC and being plugged in to the work of our programs around the country.

How to Apply to the Fellows Program: 

The application process is highly competitive. To be considered for the 2016 class of New America CA Fellows, which runs from March 2016 to March 2017, you must submit your application by February 21, 2016. Candidates can learn more and apply here.

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