The Fellowship Program is an 11-month training program for emerging leaders interested in learning to take the lead on race and advocate for change on a systemic level. Fellows are assigned to specific policy program areas and develop expertise with the direction of a policy director and the Academy Director. Each Fellowship experience is unique and is shaped by the current policy focus of their program area. Although the curriculum is similar to that of the Associates program, Fellows are given more responsibility and independence to implement projects and programs. The learning environment is based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation.

Fellows participate in leadership and skills development workshops, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Fellows receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, fundraise, testify at policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders.

Fellows participate in personal and professional development workshops that teach participants essential skills that will strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Greenlining experience as well as enhance their future opportunities. To learn more about the leadership academy's curriculum, click here.

Applying for the Fellowship

Candidates applying for a Fellow position must complete the Academy application and have either two to three years of related experience without a Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree and one year of related experience. Cumulative experience meets the related experience qualification.

How to Apply

The Leadership Academy Fellowship is an 11-month training and experiential learning program for emerging social justice  leaders seeking to gain hands-on public policy experience and to invest in their professional growth. Our leadership development model is centered around integrating Fellows into one of Greenlining’s policy teams to develop, plan, and implement the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts while they work with the Leadership Academy to focus on developing the skills to manage a personal ecology.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • If earned BA, at least 1 year of related experience required (cumulative OK)
  • If no BA degree, at least 2 years of related experience required (cumulative OK)
  • Committed to championing causes that serve low-income individuals and communities of color
  • Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Willingness to learn and try on new techniques; approaches unfamiliar experiences with curiosity and openness to the process; approaches challenges that push beyond their professional comfort zone with determination, heart and deep commitment to their personal growth
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to complete writing and public speaking assignments with high quality
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor 
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively while demonstrating flexibility with others to set goals, resolve problems, pivot assignments and make decisions that move forward the work
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently
  • Strong writing and computer literacy of PC-based Google Drive and MS Office Programs
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