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For College Fellowship & Career Advisers

What advice do you offer to students who want to change the world?​

Students committed to working in social justice and equality have long sought domestic fellowship opportunities in the social impact or nonprofit sector—fellowships that will challenge them, train them and empower them to “lead the change.”

But such programs are uncommon, especially programs that include a living wage.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is a prestigious, paid Fellowship designed specifically for future social impact leaders. The Fellowship offers an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact. The program includes focused professional development, mentoring and a powerful network of alumni Fellows and social impact leaders.

Recent graduates who qualify can use the Fellowship experience to develop leadership skills and launch successful careers in social change.


Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year institutions at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

Successful applicants have a strong interest in issues of inequality and social justice as well as a strong academic record and significant leadership experience. Our Fellows have graduated from a diverse range of colleges and universities with a wide range of majors.


Please email us at contact@faoschwarzfellowship.org. You can also join one of our info sessions.  Info sessions are open to college and career advisors as well as to students who wish to learn more about the Fellowship. To participate, please sign up, and we will send you call-in details by email.

“The Fellowship has had a huge impact on my personal and professional development. I’ve gained skills, mentors and an incredible group of friends. I hope to give back a fraction of what it has and continues to give to me.”
A Fellow standing in front of the Hudson River
Jen Benson
Watershed Program Specialist at Hudson River Watershed Alliance | FAO Schwarz Fellow at Riverkeeper | 2017​

Alma mater

FAO Schwarz Fellows include graduates of a diverse range of colleges and universities.

Fellow Colleges

Amherst College
American University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carleton College
College of William & Mary
Columbia University
Cornell University
CUNY Queens
Dartmouth College
Emory University
Grinnell College
Franklin & Marshall College
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Loyola Maryland University 
Macalester College
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
The Pennsylvania State University
Smith College
Southwestern University
Spelman College
SUNY Geneseo
Swarthmore College
Temple University
Tufts University
Union College
University of California (Los Angeles)
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas (Austin)
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Vanderbilt University
Washington & Lee University 
Wesleyan University
Whitman College
Williams College

Please use this description for your Fellowship Directory.


The FAO Schwarz Fellowship in social impact provides graduating seniors interested in careers in social change opportunities to develop their leadership potential and professional skills.

Fellowship positions are paid, two-year experiences working at leading nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia both in direct service roles and in leading key program initiatives.

In addition to salary and benefits, Fellowships include professional development, retreats, mentoring, and cohort experiences. Six or seven new Fellowship positions are typically available each year.

Hosts are announced in early fall. Applications for the next cohort open November 1 and are due February 1. The Fellowship offers info sessions online throughout the year for interested candidates and college fellowship advisers


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Launching Social Impact Careers

You can find FAO Schwarz Alumni Fellows in nonprofit leadership roles in a variety of sectors, including education, STEM and environmental education, mentoring, the arts, food security community development, government, urban planning and public policy.

FAO Schwarz Fellows since 2008

Hired by their host organization

Have completed or are enrolled in graduate programs

Employed in education or social impact sector