The Fellowship recruited a total of 20-25 Fellows for 2021. We recruited Fellows who are development experts in fields such as food security, global health, human rights, and climate change. For the 2021 class, we gave special consideration to Fellows whose work focuses on COVID-19 relief, vaccine development, and pandemic resiliency. We also recruited Fellows who are experts on the frontlines of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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.

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

The nomination period ended on October 17, 2020 at 11:59PM EST.

Read our press release to learn more about the 2021 class.


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

COVID-19 Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that good communication is essential to public health. New Voices Fellows bring expertise on how to build resilient systems and communities, and that knowledge is vital right now. We are committed to continuing the Fellowship throughout the pandemic, even if that means adjusting meeting dates. We may not be able to gather together the way we would normally, but that in no way diminishes the importance or power of New Voices Fellows. The New Voices Fellowship can occur remotely should in-person gathering be unsafe.