8 Fellowships in Seattle in Advocacy, Writing and Technology

Sep 11, 2018

Last updated February 20, 2023

Seattle, Washington is the home base for these fellowships that provide opportunities for artists, writers, architects, and scientists. If you dream of waking up to a view of snow-capped Mt. Ranier or hiking through some of the most beautiful mountains in North America, these fellowships might be a great fit! Known as the “Emerald City” for its lush year-round greenery, Seattle boasts some of the world’s best coffee (including, of course, the first ever Starbucks) and a booming technology sector.  The opportunities in this list begin with those requiring the least amount of experience and progress to those requiring a professional degree. If one of them sparks your interest, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Artist Trust Fellowship

Artist Trust Fellowships are designed to recognize artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline and potential for further professional development. Approximately 16 fellowships of $7,500 are awarded each year: Music, Media, Literary and Craft disciplines are awarded in even-numbered years and Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Visual and Traditional & Folk Arts in odd-numbered years. Applicants must be a practicing artist, 18 years of age or older by application deadline date, a generative artist, and a resident of Washington State at the time of application and when the award is granted.

Post-Bachelor Fellowship

The Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of public health projects. PBFs are eligible to apply to the Master of Public Health in Health Metrics and Evaluation (HME), offered through the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. The Post-Bachelor Fellowship program is limited to recent college graduates who are eligible to work in the US for a minimum of two years (most often, US citizens or residents). Individuals with graduate training are not eligible to apply. Fellows receive a salary and benefits.

U.S. PIRG Fellowship

U.S. PIRG Fellows work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy. Fellows learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest. This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG. Fellows receive a salary of $26,500 in the first year and competitive benefits package for positions in Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Austin, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Madison, WI; Oakland, CA; or Trenton, NJ. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Start date: August 1.

Grist Fellowship Programs

The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early-career journalists to hone skills at a national news outlet and deepen their understanding of environmental issues. Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green thinking second nature for their readers. Fellows are invited to 3 different fellowships at Grist: news, justice and video. Fellowships are for 6 months and include stipends of $2,750 per month. The news and justice fellowships can be conducted at Grists’s Seattle office or remotely; the video fellowship must be conducted at the Seattle office.

Surdna Reporting Fellowship

The Surdna Reporting Fellowship invites experienced journalists for a one-year, full-time reporting job. This fellowship seeks to help build diversity in the journalism industry and, specifically, to expose reporters from communities of color to solutions reporting. Applicants must be from a community underrepresented by conventional media and interested in using that experience to help YES! Media achieve greater depth in their coverage. Fellows will write both short and substantial pieces and are encouraged to express different angles. A salary of $42,000 is provided, among other benefits, including insurance and paid vacation time.

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year. Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage.

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows are provided a unique three-year fellowship offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. Fellows work full time within their host organizations in cities like Denver, New York and Seattle, helping to build capacity and bringing fresh ideas. In exchange, the hosts provide mentorship and guidance, supporting the development of the fellows’ careers with meaningful hands-on experience. Enterprise provides an annual stipend of $52,000, coaching and training, along with industry networking. Applicants must possess a professional degree in architecture.

Insight Data Science Fellows Program

Insight is an intensive, seven week postdoctoral training fellowship that bridges the gap between academia and a career in data science. Based in Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, Seattle, as well as a growing network across the country, the program enables scientists to learn the industry-specific skills needed to work in the growing field of big data at leading companies. The program includes a full tuition scholarship for all accepted students and living stipends are also available to help cover costs while attending. International applicants are welcome but must obtain a visa to stay in the U.S. for the duration of the program. Different deadlines by program, check website.

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