Applications are NOW OPEN  for the Spring – Summer 2023 Emerging Fellows cohort. 
Submit your application by December 18th.


The Emerging Fellowship is an eight-month, policy writing-focused fellowship experience designed for Network students in the last one to two years of their undergraduate degree program. This rigorous and advanced Fellowship offers progressive-minded students the opportunity to dive deeper into policy research and writing, receive mentorship from Network Alumni and Roosevelt Institute staff, be in community with other passionate policy wonks, and ground themselves in Roosevelt’s vision for a just economy and multiracial democracy. Fellowship alumni become members of our national Network, with continued opportunities for mentorship and programming for young professionals.

Emerging Fellows will be trained across key skill areas necessary for them to understand the progressive policy landscape, will engage with local advocates and policy experts, and will produce a short policy brief at the end of the fellowship experience. Students in the program will also have opportunities to explore various graduate school pathways through Network alumni panels and mentor connections. All Emerging Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend, disbursed in three installments, over the course of their program experience.

Students applying should be aware that the time commitment necessary to be successful in this program is similar to that of a senior seminar or independent study course. With the support of Network staff, students will be expected to engage in orientation trainings and cohort discussions, design their own research plan and timeline, develop the framework of their policy argument, and produce a final comprehensive document discussing a policy recommendation. 

All applicants should be passionate about exploring policy solutions in the following issue areas:  

  • Corporate power (e.g., antitrust, anti-monopoly, or combatting corporate concentration);
  • Worker power (e.g., worker justice, labor protections, or higher education);
  • Climate justice (e.g., environment protections, green jobs, or environmental racism); or 
  • Race & democracy (e.g., institutional racism, voter protections/access, or closing the racial wealth gap).

At this time, Roosevelt Network programs do not support students interested in health-care policy, international development, or K-12 education.  

What will the experience look like?

During the first three to four months of the program, Emerging Fellows can expect to be engaged for 10 hours a week in a combination of (completely virtual) trainings, biweekly one-on-one supervisory meetings, monthly cohort and mentor calls, reading and homework assignments, and community events. Students must have the capacity to dedicate two hours during the week and two to three hours every other Saturday to real-time, virtual training sessions—this program does not offer self-paced, virtual trainings. Examples of trainings during the first half of the program include: 

  • Understanding Neoliberalism
  • Advanced Policy Research & Writing
  • Career Exploration Panel
  • Building Emotional Intelligence 
  • Community-Centered Policy Approaches

The last four months of the program ramps up to ~20 hours a week dedicated to individual policy idea research and writing, continued one-on-one supervisory calls, community events, and a rigorous policy memo review process by Roosevelt Institute staff and Network alumni. Students must commit to being available (virtually) every Thursday afternoon (1-5 pm EST) for the last eight weeks of the program. Finally, Emerging Fellows will attend the Network’s three-day conference, Hyde Park, in early August 2023 to present their policy memo to the Network community and Roosevelt Institute staff. All travel and lodging costs associated with this opportunity will be covered by the Roosevelt Network.

Fellowship Logistics

The Emerging Fellowship will recruit and train two cohorts over the course of the next 18 months. The first Emerging Fellows cohort will run on an expedited schedule from March to August 2023. The second cohort will run on the traditional academic-year schedule, from August 2023 to May 2024. We encourage you to apply to whichever cohort experience works best for you! 

Students will complete this fellowship in the community where they live and/or attend school. Because all program aspects will be held via video conference software (Zoom/Google Hangouts), applicants should be prepared to arrange access to wifi during program activities and for work on deliverables.  i.e. accessing your local public or university library.  

Every Emerging Fellow will be paid a stipend of $3,000, distributed in three equal payments over the course of the bootcamp intensive and research and writing months.  Receiving each stipend installment is conditional on meeting the commitments of the program, reviewed and agreed upon at the end of each semester.

You should apply if you:
  • Are a full time undergraduate student in the last one to two years of your degree program;
  • Are a student attending a college or university in the United States. Network programs cannot accept students attending non-American institutions; 
  • Have at least one more semester left in your undergraduate degree program for the 2022-2023 academic year; 
  • Are an undergraduate student who has already engaged with policy research through your undergraduate program or experience in an existing Network chapter;
  • Can commit to a part-time opportunity that spans March through August 2023 and that will require some weekend engagements;
  • Are passionate about exploring progressive policy in the areas of corporate power, worker power, race & democracy, or climate justice; and 
  • Have the capacity to dedicate two hours during the week and two to three hours every other Saturday to real-time, virtual training sessions
How do you apply?

In an effort to offer more flexibility to students making Summer 2023 plans, the Network will offer two cycles of applications for the Roosevelt in Washington Fellowship. Interested applicants can choose to apply in Cycle 1 or Cycle 2. Neither group of applicants will receive preferential consideration in the application process.

Application opens: November 1, 2022
Application deadline: December 18, 2022 (by midnight)


Application opens: January 9, 2023
Application deadline:February 12, 2023 (by midnight)

If you are interested in learning more about the Emerging Fellowship program, please join us for an upcoming information session on Wednesday, November 16th at either 12 or 6 pm EST!

Register for November 16th at 12 pm EST
Register for September 16th at 6 pm EST