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Lead the Change

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program

An intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact  

Leaders matter more than ever.

At the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, we have always believed in the imagination, energy and ability of each new generation to envision and create a better future and a better world.

We support these ambitions by funding paid positions at high-impact nonprofit organizations for recent college graduates interested in careers in social change.​​

How to Apply

The application period for the next cohort begins in November when we announce the new Fellowship positions.

Applications for the 2022-2024 cycle are due February 10, 2022.​ To learn more about the Fellowship, we encourage you to sign up for one of our online info sessions.

A group of Fellows posing together in Philadelphia.

Learn

Launch your social impact career.

FAO Schwarz Fellows are recent college graduates working at leading nonprofit organizations. The Fellowships include direct service, strategic projects and professional development. They’re designed to jumpstart your career as a leader of social change.

Connect

Be part of a passionate cohort.

As an FAO Schwarz Fellow, you’ll join a cohort of talented leaders that includes a growing alumni network. Retreats and other events give you a chance to get to know other Fellows and explore a broad range of social issues.

Lead

Develop your leadership skills.

The Fellowship builds leadership skills, deepens your knowledge and includes opportunities for networking with social impact leaders. You’ll be challenged to explore difficult problems and reflect on their causes. 

A former FAO Fellow and her colleague pose in a political building after advocating for early childhood education with Jumpstart.
A former fellow with The Food Trust in Philadelphia poses while at an event empowering students.
A former fellow poses with a young student in a classroom, who is holding up a piece of art she created.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowships are designed to develop leaders committed to creating social change.

Fellowship positions include:

Direct Service & Special Projects

By combining direct service and strategic projects, the Fellowship experience  deepens the Fellow’s knowledge of social challenges and builds skills and expertise.

Paid Positions in Three Cities

The Fellowships are paid two-year positions with benefits at leading nonprofit host organizations in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.

Mentoring & Professional Development

The program includes  professional development and leadership training through regular retreats, mentoring and special community experiences.

A Valuable Network for Life

The Fellowship cohort connects future leaders to an extensive network of alumni Fellows and other social innovation leaders.

Boston, Massachusetts Skyline at Back Bay district.Red box that says Boston
Aerial view of the New York skyline on a sunny afternoon.Blue box that says New York
Love Statue in Philadelphia, with scenic fountain against a cloudy sky.Teal box that says Philadelphia
#LeadTheChange

Meet The Fellows

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship program has hosted 65 Fellows since its founding in 2008.

Clara Monk
Ryan Telingator
Samantha
Serena Salgado
Charlotte Blackman
Abi Mlo
Kira Azulay
Khari Graves, arms folded

What Fellows Are Saying

FAO Schwarz Fellows since 2006

Students from every part of the country and and over 40 colleges have been selected as Fellows since our founding.

Hired by their Fellowship Hosts

Many Fellows choose to stay on in leadership roles at their host organizations.

Currently pursuing graduate degrees

Others use the Fellowship as a launch pad for graduate or professional degree programs

Building Careers in Social Impact

Almost all our Fellows choose careers where they can continue to lead the change!

Current

Fellowship Host Organizations

FAO Schwarz Fellows work at high-impact nonprofit organizations known for their results and the quality of their programs. New hosts for the next cycle are announced in November.

The Barnes Foundation logo
Philadelphia
Breakthrough Greater Boston logo
Boston
Jumpstart logo
New York City
Museum of Science logo
Boston
Yearup Logo
New York City
The Trust for Public Land logo
Philadelphia
Muesum of the City of New York logo
New York City
Mural Arts Philadelphia logo
Philadelphia
Reading Partners logo
New York City
Jumpstart logo
Boston

Are you the next FAO Schwarz Fellow?

We host a series of online info sessions to help you learn more about the Fellowship. Sign up to get an email when the new cycle is announced or find us on social media at @faofellows. 

You can also sign up to receive Fellowship news, reminders and other updates by email.

A group of fellows posing