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Applying for the Fellowships

Completed applications for 2024–2026 must be received by February 5, 2024 by 9:00 pm ET.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact that includes focused professional development. The Fellows have always been highly motivated and passionate recent college graduates who are committed to social change and social justice leadership.

Successful candidates have demonstrated leadership in their college communities and have a proven record of academic excellence. They seek to immerse themselves in an experience that will challenge them, train them and empower them to become social impac leaders.

How to Apply

Applications open in Nov 1. The application requires a cover letter, responses to a few simple questions, and a résumé. 

Host organizations screen résumés and applications, conduct interviews with candidates, and select their Fellow. Finalists will be notified in April, and Fellows are selected by the end of April.

We encourage you to learn as much as possible about the host organizations and review the Fellowship positions that interest you carefully before applying.

Info Sessions & "Ask Me Anything" Events

We host online info sessions and “Ask Me Anything” events throughout the year for interested students and college career and fellowship advisers. We strongly urge prospective Fellows to attend an info session. 

To learn more about the Fellowship or about the application process, please visit the our FAQ. Email us if you have additional questions. 

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.

Key Dates


We announce the new Fellowship positions and host organizations. Application period opens.

December & January

We offer online info sessions and AMA events on Instagram to give prospective Fellows an opportunity to learn more about the Fellowship positions and ask questions before completing the application.

February 5

Application deadline for all Fellowship positions are due by 9:00 P.M. ET.


Hosts will screen and interview prospective candidates by the end of the month.


Host organizations select Finalists, send decisions to applicants, and complete the selection process.


Fellowships begin. We also offer a summer info session in July for college career and fellowship advisers as well as prospective Fellows who want to get a head start.