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Fellowships and In-Kind Support to USA Leaders and Activists to Protect Human Rights and Ensure a Just and Equal Society

Roddenberry Fellowship


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Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/23/23
Deadline: 08/25/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships and in-kind support to USA and territories individuals for new and existing projects to protect human rights and ensure a just and equal society. Applicants are required to submit the first-phase application prior to submission of a full application. Projects must be aligned with one of the following issue areas: health and wellness, environmental protection, civil rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and LGBTQIA and women's rights. In addition to a cash award, fellows will receive professional coaching and development opportunities.

Roddenberry Fellows are an extraordinary group of activists, leaders, and disruptors who are responding with urgency and creativity to structural inequities, in a climate of increasing polarization and fear.

Each Fellow’s initiative has significant potential to create lasting change, and yet each Fellow is so much more than their work. To this end, the Fellowship is designed to make sure that Fellows get the resources they need to move their initiative forward as well as feel personally supported in the process. This holistic approach benefits from the deep Fellowship network, and allows the ongoing cultivation of a cross-sector network of activists, community leaders, advocates, and changemakers.

  • LA retreat: Fellows meet in person in Los Angeles for a facilitated week of sharing stories, identifying potential collaborations, and building the foundation for deeper connections and relationships.
  • Fellowship year: Throughout the year, Fellows continue to deepen the connections with each other and alums through monthly calls, weekly emails, learning groups and local, in-person meet-ups. Fellows also meet with coaches and external experts who can support their work.
  • Fall retreat: At the fall retreat, alumni join the current cohort to mix and mingle, participate in peer-led sessions, and meet people working in the local community.
  • Alumni network: As the first year of the Fellowship draws to a close, Fellows are welcomed into the alumni network, and, through ongoing engagement, have access to benefits ranging from coaching to conference panels to Q&A sessions with funders and experts.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Roddenberry Fellowship is for US-based individuals working toward social justice who meet the following criteria:
- Lived experience: Fellows are an integral part of the community they’re working with
- Intersectional: The work addresses the inherent intersectionality of entrenched issues
- Innovative: The approach builds on existing knowledge in a new and potentially impactful way
- Relational: Fellows are seeking a community of their peers - and have capacity to contribute to the community as well
- Leadership: Fellows are founder/co-founder of their org and are currently in key decision-making role (ED, CEO, etc)
- Growth Potential: Organizations have

Pre-Application Information
The Fellowship application process will be conducted in three rounds:
- All eligible applicants and nominees are invited to submit a short application via the online portal from May 18 to June 23, 2023
- A select group of applicants will be invited to share more information about themselves and their work via the online portal from July 31 to August 25, 2023
- Up to 50 applicants will be invited for virtual interviews through the month of October

Here are important dates to keep in mind. Please note: all fellows must be available to attend both retreats in full:
- Round 1 application: May 18 to June 23, 2023
- Round 2 application: July 31 to August 25, 2023
- LA retreat: February 26 to March 1, 2024
- Fall retreat: September 26 – 29, 2024

Estimated Size of Grant
All fellows receive a $50k flexible grant, a team of coaches to work with throughout the year, two all-expenses paid retreats in the spring and fall, a cohort of peers and a network of over 100 passionate changemakers across the country.

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