17 Fellowships for Fighting Poverty for All Career Levels

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These fellowships, which are for all career levels, provide hands-on experience in the fight against poverty. There are opportunities around the world for independent researchers and entrepreneurs as well as positions within nonprofits and businesses. If one of these sounds like a great fit for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. The AmeriCorps VISTA program provides a living allowance that enables you to live very frugally, like the community you are serving. In successfully completing your year of service, you’re eligible to receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or the end-of-service cash stipend. AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. 

Americorps VISTA Summer Associates

The VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in a community through an existing VISTA project for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer. Summer Associates choose from projects throughout the country, based on their skills and interests, and serve with community-based organizations, working to overcome poverty. Most AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment, and training, and may receive a living allowance and health insurance. Rolling application.

Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC in Durham, NC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC – to equip southern leaders, institutions, and communities to improve economic mobility and advance equity – by developing a network of young leaders who have experience promoting equity and excellence in education, employment, economic security, and strategic philanthropy. Candidates must be in their final year of undergraduate studies or have graduated within two years.

Boehm Media Fellowship

The Boehm Media Fellowships provide journalists, storytellers, authors, bloggers, writers, editors, filmmakers, and other media experts at the helm of social innovation with a major focus on poverty alleviation the opportunity to participate as Delegates to the Opportunity Collaboration. This fellowship aims to grow networking opportunities for fellows, enrich knowledge and skills, encourage innovation and create social impact through media. The fellowship includes a 5-night stay in Ixtapa, Mexico, a $3,200 tuition scholarship, and all meals; financial need is the primary consideration for the fellowship.

Continuing Masters of Social Work Fellowships

The University of California at Berkeley- Social Welfare is offering many different fellowships for high-achieving Master of Social Work students and graduates. Fellowship awards range from $500 to $10,000 for eligible applicants. Areas include Adult Health and Aging, Children Youth and Families, Mental Health, Need-based Awards, Poverty, Public Social Services, Social Work and Raza People Communities, Adult Health, and Aging.

Cordes Fellowships

Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration, a four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat. Cordes Fellows attend the full Opportunity Collaboration and take part in all Delegate sessions. The all-inclusive Cordes Fellowship includes all on-site costs for housing and meals (5 nights lodging, 3 meals per day), gratuities, airport shuttle, etc. All Fellows are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare. Financial need is a primary consideration.

Dalai Lama Fellows

Dalai Lama Fellows cultivates and supports a global movement of next-generation leaders applying universal values to solve global challenges. Fellows work on social change projects in local communities to address one or more of the following areas: mitigating economic disparity, diminishing violence, gender inequity, improving cross-cultural and inter-religious cooperation, and enhancing environmental sustainability. As part of a year-long Fellowship, we provide each Fellow with (1) Immersion in our distinctive yearlong Head, Heart, Hands leadership curriculum, (2) One-on-one coaching, and (3) Life Long affiliation in our global learning community and support system. In order to be eligible, applicants must be next-generation leaders between the ages of 20-35.

Dorothy Day Fellowship Program

The Dorothy Day Fellowship Program is for women of faith who desire to live in a community and share life with families experiencing homelessness. The two-year residential program in Ohio offers private living space, a stipend, educational options, and opportunities for growth, and more. Each fellow receives mentoring in the fight against family poverty and homelessness, as well as shares in the work of maintaining and staffing the shelter. While not required, fellows can also attend classes at nearby Xavier University to work towards a master’s degree or professional certificate. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

GSBI Accelerator Programs

The GSBI Accelerator program is a 10-month, mentored program for established social entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their businesses. Programs will coach, educate, and prepare fellows to the better articulate mission, impact model, and business plans. Ideal candidates lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid enterprise, are a mid-stage enterprise (3+ years) ready for scale and investment, and can develop innovative solutions to provide sustainable paths out of poverty with mentorship. Fellowships consist of 3 parts: online mentorship, in-residence mentorship, and implementation – costs of the program are covered for accepted fellows.

Healthline & Feeding America Stronger Scholarship

The Healthline & Feeding America Stronger Scholarship is dedicated to the advancement of food security and access to nutrition, either through research, raising awareness, community building, or increasing access. The program will award four students (two undergraduate, two graduate) with a $5,000 scholarship each. Applicants must be U.S. residents with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated involvement in the advancement of nutrition and/or food security and access to nutrition, either through research, raising awareness, or community building. Nutrition can include but is not limited to food security, access to nutrition, food justice, and equity, agriculture, and eating disorders.

Kirchner Food Fellowship

The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an opportunity for student leaders to be engaged in investment decisions on agriculture-oriented businesses with ground-breaking solutions for global food security. Fellows receive mentoring from networks of investors and engage in a series of face-to-face and online educational experiences using learning paradigms that expose them to practical, real-world issues of seed-stage and early-stage investment. Fellows received a small scholarship to travel to a region of the world vulnerable to food shortages in search of solutions that might be expanded globally through a commercial enterprise. The program will cover travel and accommodation costs for the face-to-face meetings throughout the year and provide the capital necessary for investment. Candidates must be enrolled in a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food Security and the Environment

Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation by generating vital knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. The FSE post-doc will be awarded to promising young scholars with a demonstrated ability to do innovative and rigorous work related to global hunger, poverty alleviation, and environmental degradation. Successful candidates will be expected to lead projects of their own design, while also interacting with other faculty and students at FSE. The position is for one year, at a competitive annual salary and benefits package.

Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program

Rainer Arnhold Fellows are social entrepreneurs with particularly promising solutions to the big problems in health, poverty, and conservation in the Third World. Fellows are recruited through our network of leaders, thinkers, and doers in the social and private sectors. The Fellows course brings Fellows and faculty together for a week to work on the design for maximum impact and scalability. Held in a mountain nature preserve, the course gives Fellows the rare opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them. Fellowships are for two years and include a discretionary stipend of $10k/year.

TechnoServe Fellows Program

The TechnoServe Fellows Program invites business professionals to contribute their skills in helping to change the lives of those living in poverty. Fellows experience the field of international development firsthand while building new skills and challenging themselves in a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial environment. Fellows help with a wide variety of projects and are a crucial part of the businesses they are helping. The fellowship is for 3 months or more and does not offer a salary but covers costs for the fellow including per diem expenses, visas, and other travel costs. Professionals from around the world are invited to apply.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Emerson Hunger Fellows shape and implement local anti-hunger programs all over the U.S., and then research and support national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. Fellows are placed for 5 months with community-based organizations involved in fighting hunger and poverty at the local level. In mid-February, the Fellows regroup in Washington, D.C. to debrief and share their field experiences and participate in extensive policy training. Fellows then work in nonprofit organizations and government agencies on national-level policies. The fellowship is for 1-year and offers a salary and benefits.

U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Graduate Research Grant

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting. All topics that relate to food security (e.g., agriculture, nutrition, ecological resources, poverty) and are linked to the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. The grants have a maximum value of $15-$40,000 for 6-month to 2-year long international research stays. Currently on hold due to funding. 

Work First Fellowship

The Work First Fellowship connects young professionals and recent graduates with the opportunity to have a direct impact on urban poverty. Fellows work one-on-one with individuals living below the poverty level to help them find employment and get back on their feet, while also conducting policy research on effective job placement programs. This service year combines direct support to the needy while also reviewing the public policy that shapes the lives of their clients. Fellows receive a $40,000/calendar year salary rate plus benefits. An additional $5,000 award is available to eligible Fellows upon successful completion of each Fellow’s individual research project. The start date is July.

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