URBAN LEADERS FELLOWSHIP
The Urban Leaders Fellowship is a paid summer fellowship for early- to mid-career professionals who are already leaders in their own right and are looking to accelerate their leadership through a seven-week fellowship with a focus on policy and practice. In nine premier cities across the country, fellows work in partnership with other ambitious, mission-driven individuals, organizations, and elected officials with the aim of empowering fellows to bring about real and lasting change in the community in which they work.
WHAT WE DO
Nonprofit founders. Award-winning educators. Fulbright & Rhodes scholars. Authors. Researchers. Graduate students. Over the past seven years, 400 fellows have created meaningful change in nine cities across the country.
At ULF, fellows spend half of their time working on impactful policy proposals with a successful elected or appointed official in the region. You will accelerate your leader's social justice impact by assisting with research, drafting, and implementation of critical legislation. Our fellows are poised to make a difference, and each year they achieve real social change through hands-on, direct policy making.
ULF fellows have influenced over 60 pieces of policy including Colorado immigration reform, landmark educator effectiveness legislation, and major school district reforms like implementing academic performance frameworks and funding early childhood education programs.
To impact real and lasting change, creating smart policy is not enough. At ULF, our fellows spend the other half of their time working at a company or organization that is equally committed to social justice and positive impact.
We partner with a diverse range of organizations, including innovative schools and education programs, tech-enabled startups, and microfinance institutions. In concert with ULF staff, our partners develop consequential and impactful projects for the summer, and the roles offer an additional opportunity for fellows to learn alongside some of the region's most talented leaders. After the summer, many of our organizations hire ULF fellows and alumni to join their teams full time.
Developing future leaders and supporting a diverse cohort is at the heart of ULF. We thrive on connecting high-achieving individuals with quality opportunities. But our commitment to our fellows extends beyond career development, to include:
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. We select individuals who are seeking to make real impact in their communities. Through exposure to diverse leaders and experiences, and collaborative work with their highly accomplished cohort, fellows learn the skills and attributes that make a strong leader, develop their own leadership style, and get hands-on practice effectively empowering teams.
ONGOING SUPPORT. When the fellowship ends, our commitment to our fellows continues. Upon matriculation, our fellows join a diverse and talented group of ULF alumni. We provide ongoing support to our alumni through career and professional development, including a yearly summit, job opportunities, and robust networking opportunities.
We’ve supported alumni in running for office, starting nonprofits, becoming school leaders, and continuing their education.
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