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What We're Looking For

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

Successful candidates have proven academic excellence, demonstrated leadership in their college communities and are eager to immerse themselves in a two-year experience that will challenge them, train them and empower them with the skills and network they need to take a first step towards leadership in the world of social impact.

How to Apply

Applications open each year in early November when we announce new Fellowship positions and hosts. 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 ultimately select their Fellow. Successful applicants are notified during the month 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.

Online Info Sessions

We host online info sessions and “Ask Me Anything” events throughout the year for interested students and college and career services advisers who want to learn more about the Fellowships. We strongly urge prospective Fellows to attend an info session. 

You can find the  2022-2023 info session schedule by clicking the button below.

2022-2024 Host Organizations


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

Nov. 1

We announce the new Fellowship positions and host organizations. Application period opens. We also host an info session in early November.


The last info session and AMA are scheduled in January to give propsectev Fellows a final opportnity to ask questions before completing the application.

Feb. 10

Common application deadline for all Fellowship positions due by 11:59 pm ET.


Hosts interview selected candidates by the end of the month.


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


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