How to Apply

Applications for the 2018 Class of New America Fellows were due on February 1, 2017. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

If you are on this page hoping to apply to the Millennial Public Policy Fellowship program with an April 3, 2017 application deadline, you can do so here.

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

Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and/or storytelling. The big idea can be a sweeping reframing of a familiar subject through new research or a new combination of existing research; a masterful presentation of a case study that advances our understanding of a timeless American theme or stress fracture; an innovative new media or academic project to disseminate knowledge about a shared challenge; or a bold policy prescription for moving domestic and international issues forward. Our goal in the Fellows Program is to find bold, iconoclastic thinkers and to fund them for a year, long enough so that they can make progress in writing a book, develop a series of articles, work on a documentary, or work on another project that would be accessible to a broad audience and long enough to be able to build a real community among the fellows.

Fellows benefit from a financial stipend, engagement with each other and with New America’s various policy programs, and the expanded audience and exposure from New America and its media partners. Precise terms and stipend levels of fellowships vary widely, as some fellows work full-time at New America in pursuit of their research, while many others have other professional commitments during the term of their fellowship.

Further inquiries about the program and application process can asked via the electronic application homepage or be sent via email to Awista Ayub (please check our regularly updated Q&A here before asking questions that may well be answered there).

You can find out more about the Fellows Program by exploring our website and checking out our Current Fellows and our Fellows Program Alumni.

Other New America Fellowship Programs:

You can also learn out about our separate New America CA Program Fellowships. The program is seeking California-based individuals who are working on innovative approaches to solving public problems.

Lastly, in 2017 New America launched the Millennial Public Policy Fellows, an initiative of the Fellows Program, for candidates that will be 24 years old or under at the start of the program in late August 2017.  For more information about applying for that program, click here.

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