Public Engagement Fellows Program

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Public Engagement Fellows Program

The Public Engagement Fellows Program is a two-year fellowship for incoming leaders committed to addressing equity, inclusion, and social justice (EISJ) challenges while pursuing a master’s degree at The Schools of Public Engagement (SPE). Through the fellowship, we aim to recognize incoming students who have demonstrated commitment to effecting positive change in New York City and around the world. The Public Engagement Fellowship will place each fellow in one of our college’s centers, programs, institutes, and labs to further the work of the various EISJ initiatives of that entity (see list of participating projects here).

Brief Description

OrganizationThe New School
Education LevelFellowship
SubjectsBusinesses and Entrepreneurial
Amount$5,000 to $10,000 per year
Access ModeOnline
Number of AwardsN/A
CityNew York City
Contest DeadlineJanuary 15
Application FeesNA
RequirementsAdmission Application

Who is Eligible?

To be selected for the Public Engagement Fellowship, students must be admitted to a graduate program in SPE and be committed to promoting positive change through EISJ initiatives in partnership with local communities, government agencies, organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurial initiatives.

Priority consideration is given to:

  • Individuals who identify as from, or have experience working closely with, underrepresented communities in higher education or another context.
  • Individuals who have faced dynamics affecting their higher education progress, including socioeconomic barriers, personal or group identity, mobility or immigration status, challenges to health/wellbeing, and other experiences that would enhance their contributions to the cohort’s collective learning about EISJ.
Public Engagement Fellows Program

How To Apply?

The Public Engagement Fellowship Selection Committee will give priority to applications submitted by January 15. Decisions will be delivered to candidates in March.

Please note that although students can apply to all the fellowships offered by SPE, applicants will only be awarded one SPE fellowship.

The application process consists of the following steps:

  • Submit a completed application to a participating master’s degree program at The Schools of Public Engagement by the priority deadline on January 15. See the list above of participating master’s programs.
  • Respond to three short-answer questions on your graduate application where you will discuss how you are a good fit for the fellowship award.
  • To be considered for this fellowship, briefly answer the following questions as part of your application for the Master’s degree (no more than 700 words total):


Fellows participate in a cohort-based experience that includes a seminar with public engagement leaders, mentorship/networking opportunities, and public events including the Executive Dean’s award ceremony which showcases publicly engaged work.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the online submission of the application and supporting documents is January 15.

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