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Lead the Change

THE FAO SCHWARZ FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL IMPACT
Applications are now open.

Leaders matter more than ever.

We need people willing to ask difficult questions and look beyond the obvious. We need creative problem-solvers to address the persistent problems of injustice and inequality. We need ambitious thinkers and doers committed to making an impact.
The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact  The program funds paid positions at high-impact nonprofit organizations for recent college graduates with leadership potential who are interested in careers in social change.

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Launch your social impact career

FAO Schwarz Fellows are recent college graduates working at leading nonprofit organizations. The Fellowships include direct service, strategic projects and professional development. They’re designed to jumpstart your career as a leader of social change.

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Be part of a passionate cohort

As an FAO Schwarz Fellow, you’ll join a cohort of talented leaders that includes a growing alumni network. Retreats and other events give you a chance to get to know other Fellows and explore a broad range of social issues.

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Develop your leadership skills

The Fellowship builds leadership skills, deepens your knowledge and includes opportunities for networking with social impact leaders. You’ll be challenged to explore difficult problems and reflect on their causes. 

Apply for one of six new paid Fellowships for 2021-2023.
Applications are due February 10, 2021.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowships are designed to develop leaders committed to creating social change.

Fellowships include:

Direct service and special projects

Each Fellowship offers a combination of direct service and strategic projects that deepen the Fellow’s knowledge of social challenges and build their skills and expertise.

Paid positions in three cities

The Fellowships are paid two-year positions with benefits at leading nonprofit host organizations in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.

Professional development and training

The Fellowship includes training with a focus on professional development and leadership skills with regular retreats, mentoring and special community experiences.

A valuable network for life

Fellows become part of a cohort of future leaders and connect to an extensive network of alumni Fellows and other social innovation leaders.

Host Organizations for 2021-2023

FAO Schwarz Fellows work at high-impact nonprofit organizations that are known for their results and the quality of their programs. Applications are now open for the next cohort.

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, and its mission is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. (Philadelphia)

Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all. (Two fellowships available—one in New York City and one in Boston)

Mighty Writers’ mission is to teach Philadelphia students to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life.(Philadelphia).

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages its audiences in STEM education through exhibits, in-person and digital education programs, and curricula (Boston)

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. (New York City)

What Fellows Are Saying

Invested in Your Future

At the FAO Schwarz Fellowship,
we have always believed in the power of imagination
and the energy, abilities, and hopes of each new generation
to envision and create a better future and a better world.

60

ALUMNI/AE FELLOWS SINCE 2006

60%

PURSUE GRADUATE DEGREES

98%

CHOOSE WORK IN SOCIAL IMPACT

35%

HIRED BY THEIR HOST ORGANIZATIONS

FELLOWS TELL THEIR STORIES

Becoming A Social Impact Leader

Are you the next FAO Schwarz Fellow?

We host a series of free info sessions to help you learn more about the Fellowship. Sign up to join the next session. Applications for the next cohort are due February 10, 2021.