Aching to achieve your personal or professional goals in the Big Apple? New York City hosts many unique fellowships, scholarships funding opportunities, and professional mentorships to jumpstart or enrich your career. Check out these 53 fellowships in New York City for social change-makers, journalists, researchers, current students, and entrepreneurs. Don’t forget to bookmark these fellowships to your Profellow account!
Fellowships for Social Change
Our mission is to recruit and prepare high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most. We look for successful, driven individuals from different backgrounds and careers. Fellows teach full-time while earning a Master’s degree in Education at a partnering university. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 during pre-service training, and then are eligible to be hired as a full-time teacher. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, U.S. citizen or permanent resident and are not certified to teach in New York or other states.
The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City. After participating in an extensive interview process, New York City Urban Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy through a hands-on approach. Fellows receive a nine-month stipend of $30,000.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management is accepting applications for the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service. Fellows will complete a nine-month, paid fellowship in a New York City government agency or nonprofit focusing on emergency management. Graduate students in the fields of emergency management, public safety, journalism, social work, law, or a related field are eligible. For further eligibility requirement and to learn more about participating agencies visit the fellowship website.
Veterans in Global Leadership is a one-year fellowship program that seeks to identify and guide talented, diverse and high-achieving student veterans who want to continue their public service by becoming foreign policy leaders. The program includes a structured 3-day course at New York University, formal mentorship, and events throughout the U.S. from think tanks to top universities. The program also includes specialized support to the female members. The fellowship seeks a diverse group of fellows with a range of personal and professional goals.
The NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service, unites a diverse group of professionals to serve full-time with partnering organizations for 10 months, working to increase their organizational capacity to engage volunteers and build sustainable volunteer initiatives. Corps members receive a monthly living stipend, health benefits and an end-of-service education award of $5,350. Corps Members range from age 22-72 and are placed in a wide array of non-profit organizations and City agencies throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Priority deadline is May 31 after then rolling. Program begins in September.
The NYC Service Fellowship is a one-year program offered to recent graduates and provides a unique opportunity to obtain practical City government experience in the areas of volunteerism and service at the City level. The centerpiece of the program is a full-time professional work experience at NYC Service as Program/Initiative “Coordinators” working on the office’s national service programming, volunteer program development and management, volunteer capacity building, or public/private partnerships work. NYC Service Coordinators in our program are paid a taxable stipend of $51,502 and health insurance. NYC Service Coordinators, in addition to meeting all other stated requirements, must have one year of service-related work experience.
The hackNY Fellows program is an intense program designed to introduce students to NYC’s startup ecosystem by pairing the best technical minds with great New York startups. Local startups are carefully selected for the program and have demonstrated evidence of a mentoring environment. hackNY is a unique and career altering experience that provides a stipend, free housing in union square, placement at a rising NYC startup, a pedagogical lecture series, and a network of like mind technology enthusiasts.
Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grant makers with global impact, provides the Public Policy Fellowship for candidates completing or recently graduated from a masters-level or Ph.D. program in public policy, government, social work or related field of study for a two-year fellowship. The program aims to identify early-career professionals who will benefit from learning about and networking within the philanthropic sector. The fellowship is a two-year full-time commitment, with pay and benefits.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship supports visionary leaders by giving them boundless space to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. The Fellowship awards three individuals up to $150,000 each to pursue an innovative project that seeks to address a challenge related to climate change or inequality – or within the intersection of these two major issues. Fellows will be thought partners informing the Foundation’s work and will have the use of a dedicated office at NCF’s New York City headquarters. Only U.S. citizens whose projects are focused on work within the U.S. are eligible for the Fellowship at this time.
TNTP Teaching Fellows is a rigorous alternative certification program that recruits and trains talented career changers and recent college graduates to be outstanding teachers in high-need schools across the country. You choose where you want to teach. There are programs in Baltimore, Charlotte, DC, Fort Worth, Indiana, Nashville, New York City and New Orleans. After successfully completing summer training and securing a teaching position at a local school, you will begin teaching full-time, earning a full teacher’s salary. Throughout the year, you will receive personalized coaching.
The program brings earlier career professionals from Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) member countries to New York for one year to participate as part of each Fellow’s national delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations. Fellows participate in a yearlong training program, including on-going negotiation skills training and media training. It is expected that, after their fellowship, Fellows will return to their home governments and continue to engage on these issues and in the UNFCCC process.
Sesame Street Writers’ Room is a new fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street seeking fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. In the intensive six-week program to be held at Sesame Workshop’s New York City office, participants will meet weekly with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives, and are expected to complete at least one script. The two participants whose scripts show the most promise will be offered creative development deals and mentored by Sesame Workshop executives. “Sesame Street Writers’ Room” is open to writers 21 and older.
Immigrant Justice Corps (“IJC”) is a two-year fellowship program for law graduates (Justice Fellows) and college graduates (Community Fellows) with a passion for justice for immigrants. IJC trains fellows and places them with host organizations in New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas. All fellows must be eligible for work authorization in the U.S. for the full two years of the fellowship. We generally require Justice Fellows to take the New York State bar. Community Fellows have a spring deadline and Justice Fellows have a fall deadline. Check website for details.
Math for America’s Early Career Fellowship is awarded to K-12 mathematics and science teachers who have fewer than four years of experience in the classroom. The teachers receive mentorship from a MƒA Master Teacher and are paid a stipend of $12,000 a year over four years. It is a fellowship for new mathematics and science teachers to provide extensive support to enable early career teachers to grow and thrive in their profession.
America Needs you helps first-generation college students, who are the first in their families to attend college, select, secure, and succeed in their careers. The Fellows Program is an intensive mentoring and training program where Fellows develop relationships with highly accomplished community and business leaders. ANY Fellows attend 28 full-day workshops over two years, receiving intense career development and leadership training. All Fellows are matched one-on-one with a young professional Mentor Coach dedicated to their personal and professional growth. Fellows earn a $2,500 professional development grant.
The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations. Fellows receive a salary of $65,000 plus benefits. Check website for varying deadlines.
This position is ideal for an individual who is embarking on a career in the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors, and looking to learn the inner-workings of a specific organization and how the fields operate more broadly. The Fellowship is a full-time two-year position. The Fellow will receive a competitive salary with full healthcare and benefits. In addition, there will be a $5,000 stipend available over the course of the fellowship for professional development experiences. The Trust is located in a friendly office environment located in midtown Manhattan in New York City.
A Blade of Grass (ABOG) provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. The ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art is an active, year-long funding relationship. Fellows will become active members in a cohort and participants in a program that features a range of services, including project support of $20,000 with minimal restriction. Proposed projects will be judged on artistic excellence, capacity to enact social change, viability in everyday life, and fit with fellowship resources.
The Shapiro Family Fellowship is a highly selective, yearlong experience designed to cultivate future leaders of the New York Jewish community through high-level discussion with peers, leaders, and mentors in the U.S. and Israel. The fellowship includes yearlong programming that provides meaningful personal and professional development, and deepened knowledge of Israel, the New York Jewish community, and UJA-Federation of New York, and a 10-day trip to Israel. Candidates for the fellowship must be between 22-28 years-old, live in the greater New York metropolitan area, and must have traveled to Israel at least once prior to application.
The Human Rights Fellowship will support 5 individuals to complete the 6-week summer program, Photography and Human Rights, at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU), including housing, travel, and living expenses. The fellowship is for individuals seeking to deepen their documentary photography practice of human rights, who have not previously had the benefit of extensive advanced study in this field. The five Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellowships are open to applicants who permanently reside outside of North America and Western Europe.
The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program is a nation-wide competition for women entrepreneurs. Each Fellow will participate in a one year program which includes: mentoring, networking and business guidance for one year, a $10,000 grant to further their business education, and a 3-day trip to New York City to the Tory Burch headquarters that will include the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition. The winner of the pitch competition will receive $100,000 grant investment. Your company must be registered and operated in the United States.
The Atlantic Media Fellowship is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for high-achieving recent college graduates committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media. Additionally, the Atlantic Media Fellows participate in the Atlantic Media Academy, a comprehensive curriculum providing a 360-degree view of the modern media industry covering the editorial, operational, and economic sides of both print and digital journalism today. This Fellowship is a paid opportunity. We currently offer two sessions: January – December and July – June. All Fellowship opportunities will be located in either Washington, DC or New York City.
The World Journalist Fellowship provides international journalists with funding to study at one of the masters programs at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The Fellowship covers tuition and fees for two of the three semesters of the journalism graduate program, as well as a stipend of $13,000 for each of the two semesters. The fellowship is open to international journalists with at least two years experience at a journalism publication and fluency in English and at least one other language. Journalists interested in the Fellowship must initiate an application to the M.A. program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
A grant of $12,500 will be awarded to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Winners will have access to New York University’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available).
The Reporting Award supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest. The Institute will select up to two winners of the Reporting Award. Each winner may receive a different amount of money, at the discretion of the Committee. The maximum award is $12,500. Winners will have access to New York University’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available). The Institute expects that the completed work will be published in a reputable media outlet of wide circulation.
The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story or series that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic. Awards are $5,000 a month for 1-3 months; in exceptional cases, longer grants are provided based upon specific proposals. Applicants have a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium and a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece. Applications are accepted twice a year.
The concept behind this groundbreaking series of workshops for journalists is to provide an intensive seminar to deepen understanding of the health, economic, and social issues around aging. Led by leading experts in the field, the courses are a resource for journalists who are covering a complex and interconnected field. The Age Boom Academy one-week workshops take place during the summer at Columbia University in New York City. The fellowship covers the attendance fee, economy travel and accommodation.
One fellowship for the length of a single academic year is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities for research at the New-York Historical Society. The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed their formal professional training and have a strong record of accomplishment within their field. There is no restriction relating to age or academic status of applicants. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply if they have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $42,000, plus benefits.
The Fellows Program provides innovative postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to build a foundation in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute (i.e., any of the social sciences, earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences and health sciences), and cross-disciplinary expertise related to sustainable development and reducing environmental degradation, poverty, hunger and disease. Earth Institute fellowships will ordinarily be granted for a period of 24 months and includes a $12,000 research allowance for the two year appointment, and carries an annual salary of about $48,000.
The Center for Jewish History in New York City offers 10-month fellowships to PhD candidates supporting original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $17,500 for one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.
Columbia University offers three interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in (1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research; OR (2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The appointments are three years, $80,000/year.
The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral and independent research. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to 4 weeks and researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of 2 weeks between July and June. Support on-site research in the Library’s special collections for projects in the humanities including art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts and photography. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
For the duration of the one-year professional development program, the Fellow works in residence at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, this is located in New York City. The Fellow undertakes an independent research project of his/her design and plays a substantive role in ongoing Cooney Center projects and initiatives, and participate in the day-to-day operations of the Center, including publication production, annual leadership forum planning, and contributing to the website and newsletter. Past fellows have possessed advanced degrees in Education and Communications.
The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization that runs an advanced 8-week fellowship for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies’ partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows. Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York City, Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, or online. Multiple sessions offered each year, check website for deadlines.
Hired for a two-year term, one postdoctoral fellow will work as a public historian and intellectual coordinator for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly interest in women’s history and some experience in public history. The fellow will participate in developing programming and be deputized to operate certain projects independently. Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship must have the PhD in hand by the time of appointment. The postdoctoral fellow will be in residence as a full-time staff member with a stipend of $50,000 per year with full benefits.
The Leo Baeck Institute is a research, study, and lecture center whose library and archives offer comprehensive documentation for the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Fellowships are awarded for research in New York or Germany on the social, communal, and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry. Financial assistance is provided to doctoral students for dissertation research and to young academics for the preparation of a scholarly essay or book.
The Center for Jewish History (CJH) offers a fellowship to senior scholars through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history. Applications are welcome from college and university faculty in any field who has completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $50,400 for a period of one year.
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is home to more than 350,000 books, three million manuscripts, and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New York perspective. Two or more Patricia and John Klingenstein Short-Term Fellowships will be awarded to scholars at any academic level. Fellows will conduct research in the library collections of the New-York Historical Society for two to four weeks at a time, and will receive a stipend of $1,500 to $2,000.
Two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships will be awarded to candidates who have earned their PhD in the last three to five years. Research projects may include the conversion of a dissertation into a publishable manuscript or the initiation of new research based on the collections and resources of the New-York Historical Society. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits.
The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program offers young scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a year at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) offices in New York City or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. Fellows will lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy relevant document. Approximately 3 fellowships are awarded each year and include stipends of $100,000 for junior (non-tenured) faculty; $75,000 for post-doctoral; and $50,000 for pre-doctoral fellows.
Fellowships for Academic Study
National Urban Fellows’ leadership development program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising two semesters of academic course work and a nine-month mentorship assignment. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, health insurance, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, and full payment of tuition, in addition to their ongoing personal and professional development. The program culminates in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
The Tikvah Fund is offering an intensive seven week seminar for college students living in America, Canada, or elsewhere in the Diaspora. Led by preeminent professors, rabbis, educators, and intellectual & political leaders, “The Jewish Idea: Morality, Politics, and Culture” will explore some of the most foundational Jewish teachings, including biblical and rabbinic texts, the lessons of Jewish history, the insights of modern Jewish thought, and the conversation between Jewish and Western ideas. Seminars will take place at the Tikvah Center in the heart of New York City’s Midtown East district. Participants will receive a generous stipend of $4,000.
We invite foreign scholars (non U.S.) who seek permanent teaching and research positions to apply for this award, which will support 12-month fellowships for scholars who are at the beginning of their careers. Fellows will be provided with an annual stipend of $35,000 to conduct original research at the Center’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room and utilize the vast collections of our partners. This award allows the Center to serve as the gateway for emerging scholars seeking to begin a new academic life in the U.S.
The Lime Connect Fellowship Program is a highly selective program open to accomplished current sophomores/rising juniors who happen to have a disability and are attending a 4-year university in the U.S. The program kicks off with an all-expense paid Leadership & Development Symposium in NewYork City this summer, where Lime Fellows will receive professional development training, access to our U.S. corporate partners and potential summer internships. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will join the lifelong experience of the Lime Connect Fellows Community, where they will receive ongoing support such as group coaching, webinars, and mentoring, as well as continued professional development, community, and networking opportunities throughout their careers.
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members. Accepted students receive a stipend, housing, travel and meals. The program is designed for undergraduates in their sophomore or junior year and recent baccalaureate degree students.
The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Women’s History should have a strong interest in the fields of women’s history and public history. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant PhD program in the humanities. The Pre-doctoral Fellows will be in residence part time at the New-York Historical Society for one academic year with a stipend of $15,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive full benefits.
This fellowship is for foreign senior scholars (outside the U.S.) in any field who have completed a Ph.D. more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit substantially from consultation of materials housed at the Center for Jewish History. The fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000 as well as a relocation stipend of up to $15,000 for a period of one academic year. This award allows the Center to serve as the gateway for foreign senior scholars seeking to begin a new academic life in the U.S.
Fellowships for Entrepreneurs
The purpose of these fellowships is to promote research and curriculum development in subjects related to start-up ventures, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, as well as issues of finance, restructuring and other business topics. The fellowship is open to third-year law students and recent law school graduates with the strongest credentials and the most exciting ideas. Fellows are expected to produce a substantial piece of work during their time at the Law School. Fellows receive a stipend of approximately $50,000, health insurance and a space to work in the Law School.
The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a 3-year program that provides internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising New York City undergraduates with the goal of increasing their life choices and capacity to make a difference. The fellowship offers paid 10-week internships for 3 consecutive summers. Fellows are encouraged to sample work in nonprofit organizations, government service, and private enterprise. The stipend is $5,500 for the first summer, $6,500 for the 2nd and $7,000 for the 3rd. You must be enrolled at one of the 12 participating colleges. Deadlines vary by partner institution. See website for details.
The Work First Fellowship is open to enrolled and recent graduate students who are interested in the intersection of poverty, policy, politics and business. Fellows spend one year in NYC, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Milwaukee, and San Francisco working one-on-one with individuals living below the poverty level. Fellows work specifically on issues of human capital development and training. Work First Fellows also participate in a group research project on the current contextualized literacy program with HRA of New York. Work First Fellows are paid $35,000 over the course of 12 months. At the end of the fellowship, students are eligible to earn a $5,000 research reward. Start date in October.
AJC’s Goldman Fellowship Program is designed to develop young Jewish leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to work in offices domestically and throughout the world – from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. AJC Goldman Fellows receive $3,000 for the 9-week program plus major travel expenses. A mandatory debriefing session, immediately following the Fellowship, is held during a week-long trip to Germany.
Inspiring Capital’s MBA Fellowship is a 10-week, paid fellowship based in New York City that trains top MBA students to use their business expertise for social good and staffs them on a project for a high-performing not-for-profit or social venture to help the organizations develop sustainable business strategies. Fellows receive: 150 hours of expert training; hands-on experience working in the social impact space; individual career guidance; access to the Inspiring Capital network; and a chance to broaden their MBA network with a cohort of top-tier MBAs who want a career with purpose. Fellows receive a stipend of $3000 for the summer.
ARC Innovators provides experienced professionals with opportunities to apply and expand their skills in a nonprofit setting through pro bono projects with our partner organizations in New York City, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. Innovators are professionals who have significant experience and are ready to contribute to organizations that need their particular skill set for an advanced, short-term project. By bringing their expertise and a fresh perspective to bear on persistent challenges faced by our nonprofit partners, Innovators create lasting change while gaining valuable experience in a nonprofit setting. Innovators commit to working with organizational leadership on well-defined projects for a period of 2-6 months, usually for a few hours each week. Many projects can be done remotely.
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