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The Roddenberry Fellowship

The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live.

Fellows must be working on a project, organization, or initiative with direct impact in one of four areas:

All Roddenberry Fellows receive a $50,000 award, as well as:

  • One-on-one professional coaching and development opportunities
  • Virtual collaboration sessions to provide ongoing advisement, support, and connections
  • Two required in-person retreats:
    • February 17-21, 2020 in Los Angeles;
    • October 1-4, 2020 in New York
  • A community of peers and allies who share resources, expertise, and support

Dates and Details

  • Fellowship Launch: May 8, 2019
    Between May 8 and June 13, you are invited to learn about the Fellowship and complete the Round One application.
  • Round One Deadline: June 13, 2019
    Complete registration and submit your application by 5:00 PM Pacific.
  • Round One review: June 17–July 25, 2019
    The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure they comply with Fellowship eligibility and rules, and a panel of vetters evaluates applications using the scoring rubric.
  • Round Two invitations: July 26, 2019
  • Round Two opens: July 29, 2019
  • Round Two deadline: August 23, 2019
    Round Two applicants will have three weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by Friday, August 23, at 5:00 PM Pacific
  • Round Two Evaluation: August 26–October 9, 2019
    The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of judges evaluates applications using the scoring criteria and finalizes the 2020 cohort.
  • Fellows Announcement: October 2019
    The 2020 Fellows will be announced on this website, The Roddenberry Foundation website, social media, and via press release.
  • Fellowship Begins: January 2020


The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following:

  • United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its territories.
  • Individuals who are the principal of their initiatives or organizations, including Founder, Co-Founder, President, CEO, or Executive Director.
  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
  • Individuals employed by or affiliated with organizations or institutions with a budget of $2mil or less.
  • Individuals whose primary focus of their work is either immigrant & refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ & women’s rights, or environmental protection.
  • Individuals who are based in and whose work is focused solely on communities in the United States.
  • Individuals who can devote 100% of their time in 2020 to their project or initiative.

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