Class of 2023 Call for Applications

Apply by February 1, 2022 @ 11:59 pm EST
Dec. 1, 2021

Application & Deadline:

Thank you for your interest in the New America National Fellows Program. We are no longer accepting applications for the Class of 2023. The deadline to apply was February 1, 2022.

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Reference Letters:

You will be able to submit the reference letter requests directly from your application. References will receive a unique link to upload their letter. You must submit the reference letter requests through the application portal by the February 1 application deadline. However, the deadline to receive reference letters is February 4, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Applications missing reference letters will be considered incomplete. We will not accept reference letters over email.

Application Instructions:

We ask that you download and review the application instructions before starting your application.

Class of 2023 application instructions (PDF)


Unfortunately, due to the volume of interest in the program, we will not take any calls. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please visit our FAQ page as your first source of support.

You can find out more about the Fellows Program by exploring our website. Further, you can learn more about the types of projects we've supported over the years by reviewing the bios and project summaries of our 2022 Class of New America Fellows, our alumni page, as well as our featured work page.

Thank you again for your interest in the New America Fellows Program.

Selection Process Timeline:

In general, the timeline for reviewing applications is subject to change and depends on the number of applications we receive. Our selection team will carefully review submissions and participation at each phase of the process and select candidates to advance to the next phase. At each phase of the application process, all candidates will receive communication from our team about the progress of their application.

There are two phases to the selection process:

  • PHASE 1: Application Due
    Applications are due Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Your two reference letters are due Friday, February 4, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. The Fellows Program staff review all of the applications from February to April. This first review winnows the entire applicant pool down to between 40 and 50 finalists.
  • PHASE 2: Finalist Interviews & Committee Review
    All candidates will be made aware of the status of their application in April or May, and finalists will be asked to schedule interviews with the program staff at that time. Once we determine our finalists, we send all of the applications for review by our Selection Committee, which is comprised of New America’s President, Fellows Program staff, current and former New America National Fellows, and other issue experts in New America’s network. Applications are private—we ask anyone involved in the selection process not to share or discuss any of the candidates or materials with outsiders.
    We expect to make our final selections in early July and will contact finalists about our decisions at that time. The Class of 2023 National Fellows will be publicly announced when they begin the fellowship in September 2022.

Support for National Fellows:

The Fellows Program aims to support National Fellows in three primary areas: provide funding to support talented individuals to pursue ambitious endeavors; build a community grounded in cohort gatherings that take place throughout the year; and provide access to platforms and partners that can support their work.

Stipends generally fall into the following levels: $15,000-$30,000. The mix of stipends offered for each class varies widely depending on the type of applicants we take on and the funding we procure for that year. There is no need for candidates to address stipends, budgets, etc. in their proposal—you should use the space in your “Statement of Interest” to pitch your idea.

While you will officially become a National Fellow in September 2022, stipends will be paid in three installments starting in January of 2023 through August 2023 (consolidated to be paid during the 2023 calendar year).

Other Fellowship Opportunities at New America:

Please note: This is information about the New America National Fellows Program. If you're interested in applying to another fellowship at New America, please visit the fellowships page to learn more about other opportunities at New America.

You are welcome to apply to more than one fellowship at a time but you must submit a separate application to each program.