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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. 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 leaders in the world of social impact.

How to Apply

Applications open 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 all interviews with candidates, and ultimately 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.

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. 

The new schedule for the 2023-2024 info sessions will be announced in May. 

Applications for the 2023 cohort are now closed. Applications or the 2024 cohort will open on Novemeber 1, 2023 when we announced new 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 prospective Fellows a final opportunity to ask questions before completing the application.

Feb. 10

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


Hosts interview 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.

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