11 Fellowships with a Focus on Race Equity

Dec 10, 2019

If you’re passionate about race equity, these fellowships are for you! Approaching the mission to achieve race equity from a variety of angles, these opportunities offer hands-on experience at making a difference for people of many disciplines. If one of these sounds like a match for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Brave New Fellows Program

The Brave New Fellows Program offers activist storytellers from communities of color and/or economically marginalized communities a 1 year, paid opportunity to work with Brave New Films and learn how to create and distribute media that makes a difference.  The fellowship equips activists to use film to support their social justice work and prepares them for jobs in nonprofits, alternative media and documentary film making through hands-on experience. As compensation, each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and paid time off.

Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative

Moment’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (DPIJI) allows young journalists to do in-depth reporting on anti-Semitism and other deeply ingrained prejudices around the world. Open to journalists ages 22–38. Each cycle, Moment—with the help of an advisory board of journalists—selects one DPIJI Fellow, who receives $5,000 ($2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon publication) to produce a story. Fellows work closely with Moment editors and selected mentors to publish their completed project in Moment as well as partner media outlets.

Fellowship for Serving African-American Communities

The Fellowship for Serving African-American Communities at Harvard Kennedy School brings together diverse and talented emerging leaders based on their demonstrated leadership promise and demonstrated interest in reducing disparities in African-American communities through efforts in health care, education, economic development, public policy, criminal justice reform, social entrepreneurship, and a variety of other fields. Fellows are awarded a full-tuition scholarship and health fees and are eligible for a stipend up to $10K. This fellowship is open to applicants entering their first year of study in any of the Harvard Kennedy School’s masters’ degree programs.

FUSE Executive Fellows

Over 12 months, FUSE Executive Fellows are embedded in local government agencies. Working in partnership with local leaders, they bring new approaches, diverse perspectives, and lift up community-based solutions. To accelerate fellows’ impact, we provide racial equity tools and training and capacity building in change management, human-centered design, government operations, and other important topics. Executive Fellows receive a salary and benefits. Fellowships are announced on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please check the website regularly for updates about projects and timelines.

Othering & Belonging Institute

The Othering & Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute) Summer Fellowship is a three-month-long, part-time, 20-hour per week paid research experience. The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare and engage with the next generation of researchers and future community leaders who are committed to social and racial justice by providing mentorship and hands-on experience. In addition to independent work on assigned summer projects, fellows will explore pressing social justice issues as a cohort by participating in bi-weekly workshops and collaboratively organizing a local field trip to engage with issues and stakeholders in the field. The fellowship runs from mid-May to mid-August every year and takes place at the Othering & Belonging Institute office on the UC Berkeley campus.

Humanity In Action Fellowship

The HIA Fellowship programs bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. This 4-week summer fellowship in Europe is highly interdisciplinary, and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, and activists. Eligible applicants are students and recent graduates (including international students) of universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. HIA covers the costs of participation and accommodation. Deadlines vary by country.

Kairos Fellowship

The Kairos Fellowship Equity Cohort is an eight-month paid on-the-job training program for emerging leaders of color in the field of civic technology. Kairos will match and place 15 fellows at leading national and state organizations where Fellows will work mostly on issue advocacy campaigns on the federal and state level. Fellows will receive hands-on training, mentorship, and an eight-month paid online campaigner apprenticeship. Candidates must possess deep ties to communities of color. Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years of organizing experience.

LatinoJustice Public Interest Fellowship

LatinoJustice is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country. Applicants submit a fellowship proposal outlining how the proposed project fits within LatinoJustice’s mission and our current litigation priorities. Proposals should identify potential law reform litigation as part of the fellowship project. The program seeks recent law graduates with a record of commitment to social justice issues. Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required. Fellows are based at the NYC office or Southeastern Regional Office in Orlando.

Leadership in Government Fellowship

The Open Society Foundations’ Leadership in Government Fellowship Program was founded in 2016 to support former senior-level government staff in the United States and its territories who have recently left public service and have played a significant role in advancing social change from within government in the U.S. and its territories at the local, state, or federal levels. Fellows propose a project, which must relate to one or more of U.S. Programs’ four central goals: justice system reform (including drug policy), strengthening democratic practice, equality for racial minorities and immigrants, and economic advancement. Fellows will receive a stipend ($90,000 to $130,000) depending on work experience, seniority, and percentage of time committed to the project, which will range from 12-18 months in duration.

Next Generation Fellowship

The Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) is a leadership development and policy advocacy training for formerly incarcerated or justice-involved individuals from across California. It supports emerging leaders in 1) advancing racial justice and cultural healing, and 2) influencing state and local government through policy advocacy. The fellowship focuses on the movement to end mass incarceration with an emphasis on promoting healthy, safe communities. Over three 2-day sessions, participants will take part in culturally-relevant activities intended to foster effective storytelling, civic participation, and strategic advocacy.

U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship is a game-changing opportunity for practitioners, scholars, and activists ready to lead the transformation of U.S. Latino and other underserved communities. The fellowship aims to create sustainable changes and innovative ideas to revolutionize local and national policies toward these communities while also giving the fellow networking opportunities and leadership training. The fellowship is open to all Harvard Kennedy School graduate degree programs and includes full tuition, health insurance and a $25K/year stipend for the duration of the degree.

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