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William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

Fellowship to a USA Undergraduate or Graduate
Student of Color to Work in the Nonprofit Sector

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

Deadline Date:

08/23/19 - for Spring 2019 Hearst Fellowship.


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Fellowship to a USA undergraduate or graduate student from an underrepresented community of color seeking to gain experience in the philanthropy, nonprofit, and social enterprise sector. The fellow will work part-time at the Funding Source’s Washington, DC office and participate in the Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) program.

Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation seeks to inform and maximize the impact of grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and public-private partnerships through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad.

Position Details:

Activities: In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings.

This is not a scholarship. The student must be able to work as an intern for 12-15 weeks in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute during the academic semester in which the fellowship is awarded. Fall and Spring interns will work part-time (15-20 hours per week) and Summer interns will be full-time. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180296

Number of Grants:

The Institute offers the Fellowship to one student three times annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows will be compensated on an hourly basis.

Term of Contract:

Internships will take place in Spring 2019 (January-May), Summer 2019 (May-August), and Fall 2019 (September-December). The student must be able to work as an intern for 12-15 weeks.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students from underrepresented communities of color. Candidates must be enrolled at an institution of higher education for the semester which they will be applying. Summer candidates must show proof of enrollment for the upcoming fall semester.

Each candidate should have an excellent academic record and also have the following:
-Demonstrated interest or experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and the social sector;
-Excellent research and writing skills;
-Demonstrated financial need; and
-U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency. Students approved for participation in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are being accepted now for the Spring 2019 Hearst Fellowship.

Applications are considered three times annually:

- Internship Availability: Spring 2019 (January-May)
Application Deadline: November 27, 2018; Award Notification: December 21, 2018
- Internship Availability: Summer 2019 (May-August)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019; Award Notification: April 19, 2019
- Internship Availability: Fall 2019 (September-December)
Application Deadline: August 2, 2019; Award Notification: August 23, 2019

To apply, you will need to submit a current resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor can be included with your application, or emailed directly to Cinthia Schuman.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Cinthia Schuman

Washington DC (Headquarters)
The Aspen Institute
2300 N St. NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 736-5800 (tel)
(202) 467-0790 (fax)

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