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About our Academic & Leadership Fellowship

Who we are

National Urban Fellows offers the premier leadership accelerator and talent pipeline for early to mid-career professionals,  particularly people of color and women, committed to racial equity, public service, and social impact. 

2023 NUF Incoming Class

What we offer

  • FULLY FUNDED graduate education leading to the Master of Policy Management degree at GU’s McCourt School of Public Policy 
  • Meaningful professional experience at a premier public agency, nonprofit, foundation, or corporate social impact organization  
  • Mentoring by a senior leader  
  • Leadership development programming centering racial equity 
  • Community of Fellows to share this experience and an Alumni community  of almost 2,000 leaders around the country 
  • Financial Support to defray living expenses, includes a $25K stipend, health insurance coverage, and other program-related expenses 

Who we are looking for

Early to mid-career professionals (5-10+ years) who are:

      • Self-aware and committed to personal growth 
      • Passionate about advancing equity and social impact 
      • Committed to excellence, integrity, and ethical decision-making 
      • Adaptive and resilient 

What is required

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution 
  • U.S. Citizenship/Lawful Permanent Resident/DACA Recipient 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and desire to strengthen it 
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice 
  • Interest in advancing public policy and social impact 
  • Ability to relocate for 9 months as required by the program 
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience 


Visit our Admission Process and Application Process for more information and application deadlines. 

Ready for a transformational experience?

Let us get you started NOW!

Step 1: Complete the interest form to learn more or if you’re ready to apply


Step 2: Connect with a National Urban Fellows representative. Join us virtually or in person at one of the several options listed below (optional)