Emerging Fellowship

The Emerging Fellowship is a year-long, paid opportunity that provides students the resources to advance their policy idea with direct staff support. Fellows write a research paper, build advocacy campaigns, and use strategic partnerships to advocate for their policy idea.

Over the course of the Fellowship, students will:

  • Conduct a full literature review for their policy idea
  • Publish a report with the Roosevelt Institute
  • Build or join a dynamic coalition of partners and stakeholders for their specific policy campaign
  • Design and execute a campaign strategy for implementing their policy idea
  • Meet/Engage with elected officials through lobbying/briefing/testifying

How do I apply?

The application, asks you to upload a short portfolio presentation answering 4 questions:

  • What is the problem in your community that you’re looking to solve? What is your proposed solution?
  • What type of Roosevelt resources do you think you will need (fundraising platform, communications expertise, coaching by staff and fellows, etc.)?
  • What does success look like for your project by the end of the year?
  • What type of work have you put into your project already?

Template portfolio presentation is available here. You may download and fill in the template with your information or build your own powerpoint answering the questions above.

See an example of a successful Emerging Fellow portfolio from the past here.

Note: The attached example does not have a slide dedicated to explaining the problem and proposed solution. You are encouraged to build one in your portfolio.

What are the selection criteria?
Selection criteria include the viability of the proposal, evidence of long-term interest, clear plans for the year, and a clear understanding of Roosevelt’s resources.

You must be an undergraduate student during the 2018-19 school year to be eligible for the position.

People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply below to be a 2018-2019 Emerging Fellow!

2016-2017 Emerging Fellow Reports
– Emerging Fellow for Democratic Access Asha Athman – Raising Refugee Voices: Promoting Participatory Refugee Resettlement Evaluation in Maryland
– Emerging Fellow for Education Rachel Brown-Weinstock – Increasing the Postsecondary Expectations of Rural High School Graduates Through Alumni College and Career Networks: A Rural-Specific Education Policy
– Emerging Fellow for Energy and Environment Shreya Ganeshan – Updated and Upgraded: Improving energy efficiency in Athens-Clarke County