How to Apply

Call for Applications: 

We are no longer accepting applications for our Class of 2019 fellowships. The deadline to apply was Thursday, February 1, 2018. Please visit our FAQ page if you have any questions about the program or the application process.

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

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 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.

In 2017 New America launched the Millennial Public Policy Fellows 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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