Fellowship on Women & Public Policy

Celebrating 30 Years of the Fellowship on Women & Public Policy
The Fellowship is an intensive leadership development program designed to maximize the skills and contributions of women to achieve excellence in public service.

Learn More about the 2017 Fellows
and their placement offices

The Fellowship offers policy-related placements in New York State agencies, the Legislature and statewide nonprofit advocacy organizations.

The Fellowship Provides

  • Policy-related placements in New York State agencies, the Legislature and statewide nonprofit advocacy organizations
  • Policy field experience and academic coursework in public policy and advocacy
  • Professional development and co-curricular activities such as workshops, conferences, policy field trips, and community service opportunities
  • Network Mentoring Program that gives access to over 300 alumnae fellows and other accomplished policy and social change agents

Who is eligible?

The Fellowship program is open to graduate students and working professionals who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 graduate credits in any academic discipline and have a minimum of 3-5 years work experience.

Award and application

The Fellowship offers a $10,000 stipend and tuition assistance for academic coursework. In the spring semester, fellows are full-time graduate students at Rockefeller College with policy-related field placements for thirty hours a week from January through June. Health plans are available.

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 by working in partnership with NYS agency, legislative and nonprofit offices. 
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 and professionals to the organization, cultivates interest in the agency’s work and helps fill current and future vacancies.
  • Save money. Fellows are highly qualified and cost much less than hiring a full-time employee.

“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
Supervisor, 2012

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 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 organizations to explore cost sharing options. For example, if a number of units/divisions in an 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 can be explored and we would be happy to talk further with you about available options.

Please contact CWGCS for more information.

Read about the Fellowship in our brochure.