Fellowship and Leadership Program Opportunities

These opportunities are available on a yearly basis, with the following application deadlines:


San Francisco Fellows | City of San Francisco | http://sffellows.sfgov.org/ | For recent college grads (within 5 years of graduation). 11 month fellowship program. $50k stipend. Weekly learning and development programs, consult for various city departments.

Greenlining Leadership Academy | Greenlining Institute | http://greenlining.org/leadership-academy/programs/fellowship-program/ | 1 year training program in policy or law. $40-$50k stipend for fellowship and bar reimbursement for legal fellows. Also a 10 week summer associate program with skill building in community engagement, meeting facilitation, policy and advocacy, etc. $5500 total stipend.

National Fellowship for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement | Seeding Change | http://www.seeding-change.org/programs/fellowship/ | 8-10 week full time volunteer program to support organizing in communities for racial, economic and gender justice. Located in Bay Area


California State Fellows | State of California | http://sfela.senate.ca.gov/ | Placed in Senate offices for 11 months starting in October, $2000+ stipend, mid career professionals encouraged

Executive Fellowship Program | State of California | http://www.csus.edu/calst/executive/ | Placed in Administrative and Executive offices for 11 months starting in October, $2000+ stipend, receive graduate units

Assembly Fellowship Program | State of California | http://www.csus.edu/calst/assembly/ | Placed in Assembly offices for 11 months starting in October, $2000+ monthly stipend, receive graduate units

Judicial Fellowship Program | State of California | http://www.csus.edu/calst/judicial/| Placed in state courts and Judicial Council 11 months starting in October, $2000+ stipend, receive graduate units

Women's Policy Institute | Women's Foundation of California | https://womensfoundca.org/policy/wpi/ | Requires an applicant team of 3. 1 year program on public policy, advocate on Senate and Assembly bills. 


Minority Fellowship Program | American Political Science Association | http://www.apsanet.org/mfp | Up to $4000 for students from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in early stages of PhD work

Ignite | Ignite International | http://www.ignitenational.org/california | Provides training to high school and college women, political leadership conferences and network of elected women, offers internships at offices

Victory Empowerment Fellowship | Victory Institute | https://victoryinstitute.org/programs/victory-empowerment-fellowship/ | Sends emerging LGBTQ leaders of color to Candidate and Campaign training and an International Leadership Conference


Star Fellows | Running Start | http://runningstartonline.org/programs/star-fellowship | For women that are seniors or juniors in college (or 1 year out from college; not in grad school). Non-partisan. Intern for female member of Congress Mon-Thu. Friday courses from political experts. $2000 stipend total for semester.

Internship/Fellowship | San Francisco Democratic Party | http://www.sfdemocrats.org/internship_fellowship | For young Democrats 15-25 years old. Work with the SF Dem party, learn about local politics, data entry


CELI Fellowship | Clean Energy Leadership Institute | http://www.cleanenergyleaders.org/ | 14 week training program on clean energy policy. 2 hr seminars a week and a half day training. Tuition is $500 (aid available). Another deadline in January.


LeaderSpring Fellowship | LeaderSpring | https://www.leaderspring.org/program-overview/ | Two-year development program for nonprofit leaders in the bay area.


Emerge | Emerge CA | http://www.emergeca.org/ | One weekend for 5 months for Democratic women. Learn skills for elected office, tuition is $1500, aid available, must raise $1000 for the program

NLC Fellowship | New Leaders Council | http://sf.newleaderscouncil.org/ | 1 weekend a month for 5 months. Leadership development for progressive civic leaders

Rolling Application Deadlines

New American Leaders Project | New American Leaders | https://www.newamericanleaders.org/what-we-do/new-american-fellows/ | Provides 'ready to lead' training for first and second generation immigrants. Different training for those who are hoping to run, those who are hoping to act as campaign staff and for already elected officials

Code for America | Code for America | https://www.codeforamerica.org/join-us/join-our-team | 9 month fellowship in local government for tech professionals, $5k/month stipend

Legislative Fellow | SEIU Local 1000 | http://www.seiu1000.org/legislation | Fellowship working with the Service Employees International Union, the largest public sector union in California.

LEADership Academy | CA Women LEad | http://www.cawomenlead.org/?page=ScheduleLA | 1 day leadership training. Tuition $250.

Fellowships | Rockwood Leadership Institute | https://rockwoodleadership.org/fellowships/ | Multiple progressive leadership training fellowships. Participants need to be nominated by an organization.

other - check websites for availability and deadlines

Camp Wellstone | Wellstone | https://www.wellstone.org/focus-areas/camp-wellstone | Weekend of training in campaign work, grassroots organizing and technology, tuition is $450 (scholarships available)

Organizing Institute | AFL-CIO | https://aflcio.org/about/programs/organizing-institute | 3 day training for labor organizers. Tuition is $150.

Next Generation Leaders of Color | Compasspoint | https://www.compasspoint.org/next-generation-leaders-color | Needs to be nominated by your organization. 10-12 month program to assist those who work in community based organizations with financial education, leadership, professional development

Coro Fellows | Coro | http://coronorcal.org/about/programs/fellows/ | 9 month full-time program in public affairs, weekly seminars, organizational placement. Tuition cost $3000 (scholarships available)

Engaged Latina Leadership Activist (ELLA) | http://latinacoalition.org/ella-program/ | Latina Coalition | 6 month leadership program to help young Latinas (19-25) develop civic engagement skills

Lead East Bay | Oakland Rising | http://oaklandrising.org/lead-east-bay | Trains and assists progressive leaders in the East Bay

Boards and Commission Leadership Institute | Urban Habitat | http://urbanhabitat.org/leadership/bcli | 6 month fellowship for people form low-income communities and communities of color

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