New America CA Now Seeking Social Entrepreneurs for the 2017 Fellowship

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New America CA Fellowship

Sponsored by New America CA

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, we are looking for compelling stories that inspire new and broader audiences to get involved.

The goal of the New America CA 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. To learn more, get to know our 2016 inaugural class of CA fellows.

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 into the work of our programs around the country.

Know someone who fits this description?

Nominate a candidate and we will follow up letting them know you think they have what it takes to be a CA fellow.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the 2017 class of New America CA fellows, which runs from March 2017 to March 2018, you must submit your application by midnight on Friday, January 6, 2017.

We require that candidates submit the three central application components that are considered by our Fellows Selection Committees:

  1. Resume: Your professional resume or biography.
  2. Statement of Interest: The core of the application in which you explain your proposal for the fellowship–How are you making innovative social change? Why is the public problem solving you’re doing important? How do you use storytelling in your work, or how might you in the future? How you could contribute to and benefit from the Fellows Program? This statement should not exceed 2,500 words.
  3. Writing Samples or Portfolio: One or two writing samples, not to exceed 20 pages in total or your samples of your creative work (e.g., photography, documentary film clips, newsreel(s).

Apply by January 6, 2017 at the application page

Thank you for your interest in the New America CA Fellowship, we look forward to reading your application.

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