The Fellowship is an 11-month professional development program for emerging social justice leaders taking the lead on race equity work, and advocating for change on a systemic level. Fellows are assigned to specific policy teams and hone their expertise by working with Greenlining staff on critical issues impacting our communities.
The application period is now closed.
The Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy has trained over 1,000 multi-racial early career professionals to lead on powerful solutions.
Leadership Academy Fellows have a deep personal connection to our mission and are passionate about working towards an equitable and just future for communities of color. Fellowsare propelled by today’s political climate to engage in racial equity work and join a diverse, multicultural cohort that values and celebrates inclusivity
The Leadership Academy Fellowship application changes every year. We recommend that before beginning an application carefully reviewing the guidelines below and the entire online application in the jobs portal.
Please note that you may only apply to ONE of the Fellowship positions. We encourage applicants to take the time to think about which role best aligns with their interests before beginning the application.
Applications can be submitted online via the jobs portal here. Please do not email, fax, or drop off a paper application. Applications will not be reviewed if submitted in any other format.
“At the Greenlining Institute, I am surrounded by advocates who do not take ‘it is impossible’ as an answer, who dare to dream a bold personal vision, and make brave demands for what our communities need. These spaces have allowed me to push myself to raise the bar for what is possible.”
“The Leadership Academy pushed me to change in ways that I could have never imagined. Now I have a commitment to sustaining my most valuable resource in the fight for racial justice—myself.”
“You are seen, heard, and valued here’ are the words imprinted into my memory from the first day of orientation at The Greenlining Institute. I can trust this organization when staff say they value my personal narrative, experience, and potential. ”
“At the beginning of the Fellowship, I set a goal for myself to speak at a conference and build a professional network within the Bay Area housing policy world. The Academy gave me tools and resources to reach those goals, including flexible funds for professional development, skills-based workshops, and networking opportunities ”
“Because of Greenlining, I am that much more sure of my purpose and value-add to the racial justice movement Altogether.”
“I co-authored the report On the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide, and conducted outreach and interviews with Fresno residents. I was able to speak about the report at two conferences, do a Spanish language interview for Radio Bilingüe, and do more writing such as for Forbes and the Progressive to highlight the digital divide nationally.”
Fellowship positions are non-exempt. Each Fellow is paid a salary of $60,000 per calendar year. We offer excellent benefits including generous paid time off and 100% coverage for health, vision, and dental insurance.
The Fellowship and the Summer Associate programs will follow a hybrid model that is primarily in-person with some remote work flexibility (at least one day). Participants will need to reside within traveling distance to The Greenlining Institute’s office in downtown Oakland for the duration of the program.
Applicants may only apply to either the fellowship or the summer associate program – not both.
The short answer: It can vary a lot! We make sure that our Fellows have as many opportunities to learn and grow as possible during the Fellowship year. During the first part of their year with us, Fellows might spend a good chunk of their time meeting with a policy team’s key partners, learning about the history of a program team’s work and going through workshops with the Academy team and other Greenlining staff focused on understanding leadership styles or building specific skills. At other times in the year, Fellows might find themselves preparing to give public comment at an upcoming committee hearing in Sacramento, facilitating a convening, writing a blog post, or any number of other advocacy activities. Fellows are generally expected to work from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and we encourage participants to avoid working on weekends.
We understand that preparing and submitting an application for our programs requires a significant amount of effort and vulnerability. To honor this effort, all candidates will receive notification about the status of application during the process. Sometimes there are delays which impact our notification timeline, so you are welcome to send a follow-up email six weeks after the application closing date if you haven’t heard from us.
Each year, the Leadership Academy selects between 4 and 6 individuals to participate in the Fellowship program. The size of each cohort is contingent upon our programmatic goals and resources available.
Unfortunately, we do not offer visa sponsorship for international applicants.
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer Leadership Academy participants housing or relocation stipends. If selected to join the Fellowship, our team will provide a list of housing resources and help participants get situated in the Bay Area by connecting them to our networks.
The Fellowship application process opens Tuesday, December 20th and closes on Friday, February 17th. Top candidates are selected to participate in the interview process, which generally occurs 2-5 weeks after the application closing date. We select and notify those chosen for Fellowships in April or earlier.
To ensure an equitable process, we review every application we receive and therefore do not accept late applications.
This year, the Fellowship program will run from Tuesday, September 11th, 2023 to Friday, August 9th, 2024.
Leadership Academy Fellows have a deep personal connection to our mission and are passionate about working towards an equitable and just future for communities of color. They are propelled by today’s political climate to engage in racial equity work and join a diverse, multicultural cohort that values and celebrates inclusivity.