Apply to be an Obama Foundation Fellow

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Application opens: Wednesday, September 6th @ 11:00am CT
Application closes: Friday, October 6th @ 6:00pm CT
Applicants notified: February 2018
First Fellowship Gathering: April 2018

Application Tips

Keep it brief and real: We’ve kept application fields short in order to encourage answers that are straightforward and authentic. We’re looking for writing that distills what’s important to you.

Don’t be afraid to brag: While it can feel uncomfortable to put yourself in the spotlight, we need to know why you are the right candidate for the Fellowship. We want to hear about your work, your impact, and your personal connection to your community.

Save your work: Please note that you cannot save your application. We strongly recommend you draft your application responses offline. Once your application answers and video are ready for submission, you can revisit the site and submit your application in one sitting.

Terms and Conditions

When you submit your application materials, you affirm that the information presented is accurate to the best of your knowledge. Applications are subject to additional research, reference checks, and vetting.

Selection at the Discretion of the Foundation
The Foundation shall select, at its sole discretion, those applicants selected to advance in the Fellowship selection process.

By the submission of a Fellowship application, applicant grants to the Foundation an unrestricted right to use all or portions of the response, including all materials and/or accompanying information submitted, as it considers necessary or desirable in connection with the selection process. The Foundation makes no representations regarding confidentiality of information submitted in or in connection with the Fellowship application.

The Foundation does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, veteran status, military discharge status, citizenship status or source of income or any other protected status. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.

Attendance for the full duration of the four Fellows gatherings* is mandatory. Fellows must also be able to meet the ongoing time commitments of the Fellowship. For more information on the time commitment involved, see our FAQs.

*For the inaugural class, the first Fellowship gathering will take place in April 2018 in the Chicago area. For the remaining gatherings, the Foundation will communicate dates well in advance.