fellowship overview

Foster America’s fellowship program attracts extraordinary professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

Foster America fellows provide the spark to create dramatic change and improve the lives of children.

Our fellows work full-time at government or nonprofit child welfare agencies for 18 months, joining reform-minded colleagues and mentors to pursue better results. Each fellow leads a major reform project that requires his or her specialized skills. Projects target high-leverage parts of the child welfare system that are ripe for change.

The Foster America fellowship is an 18-month, full-time commitment. Our next cohort of fellows will begin their service in October 2019.

Applications for the Foster America fellowship are now open for Cohort 4. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the summer. You are encouraged to apply early.

Specific roles and geographies will be posted throughout the spring; host sites will include Puerto Rico, Indiana, and Minnesota among others. In the meantime, candidates with skills in these categories are encouraged to submit a general application:

  • Strategy and Partnerships

  • Design and Marketing

  • Data Analytics and Technology

  • Public Finance

Candidates who advance in the process have the opportunity to review all available positions and identify the roles for which they would like to be considered.

The Foster America fellowship prepares fellows for success:  

Be a leader. We position fellows to thrive during the fellowship and rise to higher levels of child welfare leadership upon completion. As a fellow, expect to grow as a leader and innovator and learn child welfare content from renowned experts in the field.

Drive social change. Fellows work on high-impact reform projects with measurable impact that position them as leaders within the agency. The results of their projects are not just valuable to that jurisdiction, but are designed to be scalable to address challenges nationwide.

Learn quickly. Prior to the start of the fellowship, fellows receive an intensive training on results-driven leadership, human-centered design, and child welfare, with the chance to learn from our national faculty.

Join a supportive network. Fellows meet quarterly for ongoing training with their cohort.

Receive ongoing professional development. Fellows receive support from their supervisor, a child welfare mentor, and an executive coach.

Download the Foster America Cohort 4 fellowship overview.