Type of Funding
The Urban Leaders Fellowship is inviting early- to mid-career professionals who are already leaders in their own right and who want to accelerate their leadership through a fellowship that focuses on policy and practice, to apply for the 2019 paid 7-week summer fellowship that will most likely take place in June/July 2018. The fellowship will be held in 9 cities in the U.S.: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. The policy issues they will work on include education, economic development, budget decisions, criminal justice reform, and so on.
The fellowship consists of:
- Policy advancement – Fellows partner with an elected official, spending half their time on a critical policy project. They will accelerate their leader’s social justice impact by assisting with research, drafting, and implementation of critical legislation.
- Community Impact – Fellows spend the other half of their time working with an innovative partner organization, including non-profits, innovative schools and education programs, tech-enabled startups, and microfinance institutions, committed to social justice and community impact. After the summer, many of the organizations hire ULF fellows and alumni to join them full-time.
- People development – Fellows will be guided to identify the right career path for them and will be connected to leaders in the field, who will provide leadership and career coaching. When the fellowship ends, fellows join a diverse and talented group of ULF alumni and they will be given ongoing support through career and professional development, including a yearly summit, job opportunities, and robust networking opportunities.
Fellows will receive a base stipend of US$2,500 with opportunities for additional cost of living adjustments and individual need-based grants. Fellows receive a base stipend of $2,500 with opportunities for additional cost of living adjustments and individual need-based grants.
The ULF is looking for applicants from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender identity and sexual orientation, and have wide-ranging experiences in their studies and their work, and the places they lived in.
Applicants do not need to have specific background in legislative policy but they need to have a passion to learn about policy and how it could impact the lives of those in their community. They must have at least 1 year of professional experience.
Applications are to be done online. There are 3 deadlines: 7 December 2018 (1st round), 1 February 2019 (2nd round) and 1 March 2019 (final round)..