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How to Apply

The 2021 Next Generation Fellowship application period closed on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Please stay tuned in for updates and future opportunities.

In your application, you will be asked to include:

  • General contact information
  • Areas of policy interest
  • Relevant education/experience
  • Two short essays (300 word max)
  • Personal statement (400 word max)
  • Two References

Find out more in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

Anticipated 2021 Session Dates:

  • Session 1: Monday, April 5th - Tuesday, April 6th (9am - 3pm PST both days)
  • Session 2: Monday, May 10th - Tuesday, May 11th (9am - 3pm PST both days)
  • Session 3: Monday, June 14th - Tuesday, June 15th (9am - 3pm PST both days)

As a COVID-19 precaution, all 2021 NGF sessions will be facilitated on Zoom video conferences. Fellows must commit to attending all three virtual training sessions, and will be provided opportunities to stay connected between sessions. We will do our best to support fellows with any technology-related needs. Any direct costs associated with the fellowship will be reimbursed. 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Formerly incarcerated and/or justice-involved adult (18+) with an interest in leveraging lived experience to effect change.
  • Resident of California. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for criminal and juvenile justice reform.
  • Interest in career advancement, education, and skill development related to social justice and anti-racism.
  • Currently engaged with a community or advocacy organization in some way (e.g. internship, volunteer work, employment).
  • Strong community ties and a passion for contributing to its safety and wellness.

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Ability to perform essential requirements of the fellowship, including engaging actively in self-reflection and providing thoughtful feedback. 
  • Willingness to actively participate and display respect and professionalism with fellows from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Commitment to attending all three 2-day fellowship sessions, and prioritizing participation in supplementary engagement opportunities.


  • NGF welcomes applicants with varying abilities. We will work diligently to support fellows with any specific physical, mental, social-emotional needs to ensure accessible participation.

People of color, women, bilingual/multilingual speakers, and leaders who identify as LGBTQ and/or gender-nonbinary are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered based on previous experience, demonstrated commitment to social justice, and potential to benefit from this fellowship.

Contact or (415) 621-5661 x. 103 with questions.

Good Luck! 

2019-20 NGF fellows and facilitators in Oakland, CA.

2019-20 NGF fellows and facilitators in Oakland, CA.

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