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How to Apply

Applications for that year’s cohort will be open January 1st and close on January 3st of that year. You can visit the site to apply here. 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.

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.

The time and space created for relationship-building made this fellowship unique. To see everyone’s final presentation was motivating and made me grateful to have participated in this fellowship with brilliant people.” NGF Fellow


  • 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: nextgenfellowshipcal@​gmail.​com or (415) 6215661 x. 103 with questions.