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Welcome to Foster America’s fellowship application page. We are building a pipeline of leaders and cultivating innovation to transform the child welfare system. We invite you to apply.
We search the country for talented professionals who possess critical skills and expertise to make change in child welfare: data and technology, design and marketing, public finance, and strategic planning. We give them the training and tools they need to succeed as 18-month, full-time fellows in public and nonprofit agencies across the country. 


At this time, we have closed our general recruitment cycle for January 2019, and we are only considering applications for a limited number of positions.  Look for new roles that will be posted in Spring 2019 for our fourth cohort, launching in partnership with host agencies across the country in October 2019.  

Selection Criteria

We are looking for results-oriented, mission-driven and innovative professionals to join our next cohort. Foster America fellows are leaders and innovators, driven by a passion to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children. We will identify fellows with a rare combination of brilliance and humility, along with a track record of achievement, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. The ideal candidate will possess coalition building skills and the ability to get along with diverse groups of people. We are looking for individuals who have the courage to tackle difficult problems, and find inspiration where others see barriers.


  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly for vulnerable children and families

  • Seven or more years of professional experience, including at least two years of project or people managemen

  • Advanced degree strongly preferred

  • Available to work full-time for 18 months starting in January 2019

  • Ability to be geographically based in city of placement during fellowship

  • Authorized to work in the U.S. 

  • Open to salary range between $70,000 and $90,000