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Do I have to be formerly incarcerated to be eligible? 

No, having served time in a youth facility, jail or prison is not a requirement of the fellowship. However, the goal of this fellowship is to develop the skills of individuals with justice involvement and build on past experiences to drive transformative change in the justice system. Some level of justice involvement is required, whether this includes you or a family member.

Can I save and resume my application at a later time? 

No, the online application form must be completed and submitted all at once. However, you can view the entire application so you can prepare the required materials before submitting. We recommend that you write your responses on another platform and then copy/paste into the form for submission.

I want to apply, but I don't think my writing is a good representation of myself and my work. What can I do?

We encourage applicants with various strengths to apply, and we want to hear from you regardless of your writing abilities! The application includes an opportunity to supplement your written responses with media links. This could be an article or video that highlights your community involvement, or it could be something you create specifically for the application (ex: a video introduction of yourself).

If you require additional accommodations, please contact us by email or phone, listed below.

Who should I include as a reference? 

We would prefer a professional or academic reference that does not include friends or family. Examples could include elders, teachers, mentors, volunteer supervisors, managers, or employers. References may be contacted by the NGF team and should be prepared to speak about your candidacy.

Where and when is the fellowship?

  • Session 1: Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Session 2: Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Session 3: Monday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (Sacramento, CA)

How many fellows will be accepted into this program? 

A maximum of 15 applicants will be selected.  


Contact nextgenfellowshipcal@gmail.com or (415) 621-5661 x. 103 with questions.

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