fellowship overview

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

With skills in strategy & implementation, design & marketing, data analytics & technology, or public finance, 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 January 2019.

General applications for the Foster America fellowship will be accepted through September 24, 2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Position-specific job descriptions will be posted in detail on the website as they become finalized, likely between August - September 2018. Candidates will 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 a PDF of the fellowship job description