Candidates for the Fellowship are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience. The Fellowship is open by nomination only.

While the fellowship is non-resident and not full-time, it does require a significant and sustained time commitment as fellows write opinion articles, participate in interviews with local and international media, and speak at international conferences. All expenses related to the fellowship are paid, including certain media-related travel costs.

The Fellowship is recruiting a total of 25 Fellows for 2021. We are looking for 15 Fellows who are development experts in fields such as food security, global health, development economics, health and human rights, mental health, and climate change. We are also looking for 10 Fellows who are experts working on the frontlines of sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

PLEASE NOTE, this is not a fellowship for journalists or others trained and working in communications.


August – October

Nominations Accepted

The best nominations are those that:

  • Include thoughtful and personal details
  • Use examples to highlight the candidate
  • Explain what characteristics or personal experiences makes the candidate unique

October – December

Applications Accepted for Selected Nominees


Final Fellowship Selections


The New Class is Publicly Announced

Application Process

The New Voices Fellowship involves a three-round application process for interested candidates.

  1. First Round: Personal Statement and Resume Submission
  2. Second Round: Policy Change Essay and Media Presence Form Submission
  3. Third Round: One-hour interview with New Voices headquarter staff