New America Creates Millennial Fellowship to Support Young Adults Engaging with Public Policy

Press Release
Jan. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New America is pleased to announce the Millennial Public Policy Fellowship, set to begin in August 2017. This competitive and paid fellowship will select a diverse set of 10 young adults, each with a strong interest in increasing youth economic opportunity across the United States and the ability to contribute to future public policy solutions that address the most challenging issues facing rising generations.

With a $800,000 grant from the Citi Foundation as part of its Pathways to Progress initiative focused on boosting the career readiness of low-income youth, New America will invest in some of the most promising young minds in the country to deepen their exposure to contemporary public policy issues; to create valuable professional development experiences that will support their growth as future leaders, critical thinkers, and policy entrepreneurs; and incubate and advance a set of ideas capable of changing policy systems for the better.

The deadline for submitting application materials is April 3, 2017. Candidates chosen for the fellowship will be notified during the week of May 15, 2017. The fellowship will begin in August 2017 and run through July 2018.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America, said: “Our Fellows Program has been at the heart of our organization’s work since its founding. It has supported promising voices and advanced big ideas through research, reporting, analysis and storytelling. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to a cohort of promising young adults, and we appreciate the support of the Citi Foundation in making this happen.”

Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation, said, “Today’s youth face a more complex economic future than faced by youth in previous generations. The Citi Foundation is proud to support New America and the Millennial Public Policy Fellowship, designed to help young people identify solutions to the particular challenges they face.”

Selected fellows will conduct policy research under the direction of New America staff and be tasked with developing a high-impact plan for engaging youth-serving organizations and building awareness.  The fellows will disseminate their research and ideas at a culminating symposium that will convene relevant thought leaders, policymakers, influencers and practitioners.

More information on the Millennial Public Policy Fellowship is available at

About New America

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation. Through its fellowships and issue­-specific programs, New America sponsors a wide range of research, writing, conferences, and public outreach on the most important global and domestic issues of our time. New America’s staff, fellows, board, and alumni believe in the possibility of transformative change through the power of people, ideas, technology, and participatory democracy. We have incubated and advanced breakthrough ideas in a wide range of domestic and international policy arenas. 

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit