Interested in Hosting a Fellow?
The Fellowship on Women & Public Policy is an intensive leadership
development program designed to maximize the skills and contributions of women to achieve
excellence in public service.
What are the Benefits of Hosting a Fellow?
- Promote excellence in public service. The fellowship is an extraordinary
opportunity for organizations to contribute to preparing a new generation of
public policy leaders.
- Fill the pipelines of women’s leadership. By hosting a fellow, agencies are
contributing to promoting balanced and effective leadership.
- Expand organizational opportunities to better serve the needs of women,
children, families, the socially disadvantaged and people of color.
- Bring fresh, informed perspectives. Fellows introduce different ways of analyzing
problems and tackling issues.
- Recruit new talent. The Fellowship helps attract qualified graduates to the
organization, cultivates interest in the agency’s work and helps fill current and
- Save money. Fellows are highly qualified and cost much less than hiring a
“The Fellows have a strong work ethic, require minimal supervision, are trustworthy, steadfast and have a
strong commitment to excellence, enjoy strong interpersonal skills, strong academic credentials. In our opinion, the
Center's staff does an outstanding job in vetting its candidates for these fellowships. It is not sheer coincidence
that candidates from 2 different years share the same qualities.”
- Blas Ortiz
Community Service Center Manager I, New York State Department of Labor
About the Fellowship Program
- Fellows work in their placement organization 30 hours a week, for a six month period
from January through June. Your organization gets the benefit of a full-time staff
person with no commitment to the fellow beyond the six month time frame.
Please Note: All Fellowship placement offices must be located
within the Capital District area of New York State.
- Fellows are highly skilled, graduate and doctoral students who possess a minimum
of 3-5 years of prior work experience.
- Fellows are supported and coached by CWGCS staff throughout their placement; if an
issue arises CWGCS helps to resolve it.
- The Fellowship program is funded through MOU's with placement agencies.
The overall cost of hosting a Fellow is significantly less than hiring a staff member.
Cost Sharing Information
CWGCS strongly encourages your organization to explore cost sharing options.
For example, if a number of units/divisions at your agency are working on a joint initiative, they can partner
on funding a Fellow who would be shared amongst the units and could potentially be responsible for coordinating the
initiative. Alternatively, units can split the time of the Fellow (30 hours per week) amongst them and share the cost
of supporting the Fellow. There are several models that you can explore and we would be happy to talk further with you
about available options.
Read the 2012 Fellowship Press Release.
If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Beard, Director, Women's Leadership Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org