Still have questions? Here are the questions we hear most often. Be sure to email us if you need further clarification or have other questions we haven’t addressed.

We are adapting to the pandemic’s travel restrictions by offering remote training when necessary. The Aspen New Voices team is monitoring visa and travel conditions and adjusting events as needed. If we are unable to meet in person, we will deliver trainings virtually and look to reschedule travel when conditions permit.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that good communication is essential to public health. New Voices Fellows bring frontline expertise on how to build resilient healthcare 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.

No! We welcome candidates from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

No, but we pay all expenses for the fellowship, and occasionally provide funds for Fellows to participate in media-related activities and conferences.

The Fellowship year is organized around three major group meetings, each of which is approximately one week long. Health considerations will determine whether these meetings will be held in person or remotely in 2021. Regardless of whether we are able to gather in person, your full attendance at these sessions is required. In addition to those training weeks, most fellows estimate spending about 5 hours per week working on fellowship-related activities, including meeting with their mentors, taking part in interviews, and writing opinion pieces.

We ask that you find a mentor, supervisor or professor to nominate you, if possible.

No. It’s fine if more than one person nominates you, but this is not a popularity contest. You only need one good nomination so please do not ask multiple people to nominate you.

These meetings are among the core components of this Fellowship, and are mandatory.

We love communications people, but this fellowship is really for development experts, not journalists/PR professionals/communications experts. There are many excellent fellowship programs for journalists, and we encourage you to apply for them!

For some examples of what we’re looking for, check out the bios of our previous classes of Fellows. We like people with big ideas, who have a proven track record of implementing them. We also like people with strong personal stories and the ability to think critically about development as it relates to their own experiences. Finally, we’re looking for people who aren’t; shy about sharing their opinions and have strong potential in writing and public speaking.

No. In fact, we look for people who have experience and recognize that often (but not always) this comes with age.