About Us

New America’s Fellows Program invests in thinkers—journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who offer inventive perspectives on the major challenges facing our society.

In an age where journalism is dominated by the 24-7 news cycle and academia is becoming ever more esoteric, our fellowships provide opportunities for talented individuals who need support to pursue more ambitious endeavors. Books. Films. Photo essays. Longform storytelling. Policy projects. Work that gets to broad audiences and changes the way we think. Voices that represent the diverse backgrounds and ideologies of the American community.

New America fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis and serve—most on an adjunct basis, some full-time—for a one-year term. During that period, we aim to give them an intellectual home where they have the time, space, and resources to pursue their projects; a community where they can learn from one another; and opportunities to engage with others at New America and help shape the longer-term agenda and focus of our organization.

The Fellows Program is directed by Awista Ayub and Peter Bergen serves as Senior Adviser to the program.  

The Fellows Program is made possible by the generous support of our funders:


  • Annie E Casey Foundation
  • ASU Future of War Program
  • Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Charles Koch Institute
  • Digital Trust Foundation
  • Emerson Collective
  • Eric & Wendy Schmidt
  • International Security Program at New America
  • Omidyar Network
  • Political Reform Program at New America
  • Schmidt Family Foundation
  • Smith Richardson Foundation
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Walton Family Foundation


  • Annette Nellen
  • Boykin Curry (Board)
  • Jeff Leonard (Board)
  • Liaquat Ahamed
  • Roy Bahat
  • Stefanie Nicks