New America Fellows Program Class of 2021 National Fellows Application (Up to $15,000-$30,000 Stipends)

Deadline: February 2, 2020

Applications for the New America National Fellows Program 2021 are open. The New America’s Fellows Program invests in thinkers—journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.

Looking for funding, mentorship, and a community of peers to work with you as you develop your next big idea? Then this fellowship is for you.

National Fellows advance ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and storytelling. They look for projects that are original and ambitious, with viable plans for their implementation.

There is no set template for a successful fellowship project. Some projects focus on furthering a new public policy idea through either a domestic or international lens, while others illuminate longstanding dilemmas of American life from new angles. Our goal is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year; long enough to make progress on a book, develop a series of articles, produce a documentary, or work on another project that is accessible.


The Fellows Program aims to support National Fellows in three primary areas: provide funding to support talented individuals to pursue ambitious endeavors; build a community grounded in cohort gatherings that take place throughout the year; and provide access to platforms and partners that can support their work.

Stipends generally fall into the following levels: $15,000-$30,000.

While you will officially become a National Fellow in September, 2020, stipends will be paid in three monthly installments starting in January of 2021 through August, 2021 (consolidated to be paid during the 2021 calendar year).


  • Open to thinker around the world including journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts
  • Applications are accepted from those who may be based abroad for all or part of the year, and they accept applications from non-US citizens.
    • The important consideration is that no matter where you are based, they expect National Fellows to be involved in the New America community. That may involve traveling to their various offices for events as a speaker or moderator, attending or calling into their Fellows Program sessions, and, otherwise, being engaged in conversations they are having at New America.


You can access the online application via the link below. Please download and review the application instructions before you begin your application.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 11:59 pm EST.

Please download and review the application instructions prior to starting your application; Class of 2021 application instructions (PDF).


For more information : Visit the website for New America National Fellows Program 2021