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Call for Applications:

Our Class of 2020 fellowship application will launch on November 15, 2018. Please submit your name and email address via the google form (linked below) if you'd like to receive a notice once we are ready to accept applications.

In the meantime, please visit our FAQ page if you have any questions about the program or the application process.

About the New America National Fellows Program:
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.

Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and 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, impactful 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.

Support for our National 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.

Questions About the National Fellows Program:
Further inquiries about the program and application process can be asked via the electronic application homepage or be sent via email to (please check our regularly updated Q&A here before reaching out as they may well have been 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 pages.

Other New America Fellowship Programs:

You can also learn about our other fellowship opportunities at New America here. Please note that the New America CA Fellowship has a similar deadline to the National Fellows Program, and while candidates can apply to both programs, you *must* submit a separate application to each program.

As a matter of commitment, policy and law, the New America Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.