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How do I apply to the 2018-19 MPPF cohort? 

Unfortunately, there will not be a 2018-19 MPPF cohort. Information in this FAQ reflects our 2017-18 MPPF application process and cohort. 

What is the Millennial Public Policy Fellowship?

The Millennial Public Policy Fellowship is a competitive and paid fellowship that will select 10 young adults from diverse backgrounds who are capable of contributing to future public policy discussions. Fellows will work with New America staff to conduct policy research and work with their cohort to develop ideas to address the most challenging issues facing their generation.

Is this a paid fellowship and are there employee benefits?

Yes. Fellows will receive a monthly salary of $3,333 and will be offered health insurance benefits. This income is subject to tax deductions and other withholdings as required by law.

What policy issues are covered by the fellowship?

As an organization, New America pursues work related to the most important global and domestic issues of our time. Specific areas of focus include social and family policy, political reform, education, environmental, and technology policy.

We invite you to read more about New America and the work of the policy programs participating in this fellowship opportunity, which include the Family-Centered Social Policy initiative, Education Policy program, Political Reform program, Open Technology Institute, Cybersecurity Initiative, and Resource Security program.

If selected, what will be my responsibilities?

Selected candidates will engage in policy research activities under the supervision of policy program staff. They will be expected to add value to the work of their assigned program, execute a project in a related policy area, and engage with their cohort and other members of the organization to consider policy ideas to address challenges faced by the Millennial generation. The cohort of fellows will work with colleagues to organize a policy research symposium in spring of 2018 to share their work and engage with thought leaders, policymakers, influencers, and peers.

The time commitment required will be equivalent to a full-time job and fellows will be expected to work during normal business hours.

How long is the 2017-18 fellowship and when does it start?

The fellowship will last 11 months and will begin on August 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and end on July 27, 2018. Participants will be expected to live in the Washington, D.C. area for the duration of the fellowship.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017-18 Millennial Public Policy Fellowship have closed. 

When is the 2017-18 application deadline?

The deadline for submitting application materials for the 2017-18 MPPF cohort is April 3, 2017.

When will I find out if I have been selected for the 2017-18 MPPF cohort?

Candidates selected as finalists will be contacted by May 1, 2017 to schedule phone or video interviews. Candidates chosen for the fellowship will be notified during the week of May 15, 2017.

Will there be any financial relocation assistance provided to selected applicants?

Relocation costs should not prevent interested candidates from applying. Arrangements can be made to receive the first month’s stipend prior to relocation.

Do I have to have a college degree in order to apply?

No. We seek to support highly capable and promising young adults,  not necessarily highly credentialed ones. 

Is the age requirement flexible?

No. The age requirement is firm. Fellows can not be older than 24 when the fellowship starts on August 28, 2017. 

The participating programs listed in the FAQ are different from the areas of interest we are asked to select in the application, is this intentional?

Yes. The programs listed in the FAQ are the New America programs participating in the fellowship. The areas of interest listed in the application are  meant to be a bit broader. We want to give you all a chance to explain your policy interests without feeling hemmed in by the work programs are  currently doing. Should you make it to the interview stage, we will send your application to the program we believe is most suited  to your stated interests.

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