Fellowship on Women & Public Policy


Are you a graduate student or mid-career professional seeking to develop and strengthen your leadership skills and broaden your public policy knowledge?

Are you committed to positive social change and to advancing the well-being of all New Yorkers?

If so, the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society invites you to apply to its Fellowship on Women & Public Policy program. Since 1983, the program has prepared public policy leaders by instilling the knowledge and cultivating the skills needed to become effective advocates and administrators.

Through a balanced and comprehensive approach that combines academic instruction, field placement in a New York State-based public policy position, and personal and professional development activities, the program supports fellows to:

  • Understand the public policy world with both theoretical and practical instruction from leaders in the policy arena;
  • Research, analyze, and advocate for issues of concern to women, children, families and communities in New York State;
  • Strengthen skills in writing, public policy analysis and creative and critical thinking, and sharpen interpersonal and critical skills needed to become effective leaders;
  • Explore ways to overcome personal and professional barriers to leadership, and
  • Develop a professional network of mentors and become part of an expanding community of alumnae Fellows.

Based in Albany, New York, this six month program runs from the beginning of January through the end of June each year. Fellows are full-time graduate students in the Spring semester, and work thirty hours a week in their placement offices. A $10,000 stipend plus tuition assistance is available to Fellows.

The Fellowship invites qualified graduate students and professionals who have completed at least 12 credits of graduate coursework and possess a minimum of three years work experience to apply. Fellows are selected on a competitive basis, and must be in good academic standing at their college or university.

Fellowship placement experiences include work on policy issues such as: workforce development; women’s health and wellness; juvenile justice; immigrant and refugee rights, domestic violence and many more. Fellows are placed in one of three policy settings: NYS agencies, statewide advocacy organizations, and the NYS Legislature.

Access the application.

For more information about the Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, contact CWGCS at [email protected] or by phone at 518.442.3898.