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What We’re Looking For

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact that includes focused professional development. Our Fellows are highly motivated, passionate recent college graduates who are committed to social justice.

Successful candidates have proven academic excellence, demonstrated leadership in their college communities and are eager to immerse themselves in a two-year experience that will challenge them, train them and empower them with the skills and network they need to take a first step towards leadership in world of social impact.


Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year institutions at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

How To Apply

Prospective Fellows apply directly to host organizations when they apply for the next cohort. 

Applications open each year in early November when we announce new hosts and Fellowship positions.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship chooses a select number of organizations to host Fellows each year, and these hosts are responsible for screening candidates, conducting interviews and ultimately selecting Fellows. We encourage you to learn as much as possible about the host organizations and review the Fellowship descriptions before applying.



We announce the new Fellowship positions and host organizations. Application period opens.

Common application deadline for all Fellowship positions due by 11:59 pm EST.

Hosts interview selected candidates.

Host organizations send decisions to applicants and complete the selection process.

Fellowships begin.

Online Info Sessions

We host online info sessions and “Ask Me Anything” events throughout the year for interested students and college advisors who want to learn more about the Fellowships. Please join us by selecting a date and registering in advance. We’ll send you call-in instructions in an email.