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Read about the 2018 Fellows

The Obama Foundation Fellows are a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and more – who model the powerful truth that we each have an important role to play in civic life. By engaging their communities to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows are leading transformational change on many of the world’s most pressing problems.

The two-year, non-residential Fellowship offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to equip Fellows to scale the impact of their work. Fellows participate in four multi-day gatherings where they collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow pursues a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.

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OBAMA FOUNDATION FELLOWS ARE

Civic innovators

Fellows are working alongside their communities to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways. Living out the Foundation’s values of Imagination and Fearlessness, Fellows are bringing bold ideas to bear on the most pressing problems we face. By engaging their communities in this work, they build stronger and more sustainable solutions.

Discipline diverse

We need people working from all angles and perspectives to strengthen our communities and civic life. As organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and more, Fellows illustrate the diversity of talents and approaches that civic leaders can use to drive powerful change. The Fellowship provides a space for leaders across disciplines to learn from one another, ultimately making their own work more impactful.

At a tipping point in their work

Fellows have already demonstrated meaningful impact in their communities, gaining recognition among their peers for their contributions. Now, they stand at a breakthrough moment in their careers. They’re poised to use the Fellowship to significantly advance their work, perhaps by launching new platforms, expanding to broader audiences, or taking their work to a national or global stage.

Talented, but not connected

The Foundation is committed to expanding the circle of opportunity to include new and varied voices. We’re excited to lift up civic innovators who are not currently connected to the networks and resources they need to advance their work.

Good humans

We are building an authentic community. A strong moral character is essential for the strength of this community, the integrity of the program, and the longevity of its value. Fellows are chosen because they demonstrate the values of the Obama Foundation and are eager to participate in the Fellowship community now and in the future.

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