Coro Fellows Program

Fellows Program in Public Affairs Overview
Founded in 1947, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program that introduces participants to all aspects of public affairs. The Program combines experiential learning, close interaction with key decision-makers, and development in analytical, group governance, and communication skills. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.
Cited by Princeton Review as one of the top ten fellowships in the country, the Coro Fellows Program familiarizes participants to all facets of the public affairs arena through field placements, weekly seminars, interviews, and focus weeks.

Field Placements Each Fellow works in a series of month long projects with a government agency, political campaign, business, labor union, non-profit organization, and an independent placement.
Seminars Skill-based seminars delve into negotiation, facilitation, consensus building, public speaking and project management. Fellows are also introduced to a variety of tools to help them think and act effectively.
Interviews Fellows conduct hundreds of interviews with prominent leaders in their respective sectors or issues to inform their learning of public affairs.
Focus Weeks Week long immersions to explore a sector or area, Fellows may explore such topics as state government, agriculture, media, international affairs and education.

Monthly stipends and tuition scholarships are available based on documented financial need.

Applying to the Fellows Program
Coro seeks bright, self-motivated individuals with a commitment to ethical and effective leadership. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required and post-graduate academic study or work is encouraged. Fellows come from all academic disciplines, careers, and racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Based on a review of applications, Coro will invite finalists to attend Selection Day in March. Sixty four Fellows are selected and will be placed in one of five Coro Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, or St. Louis.

Completed applications are due by JANUARY 22, 2014. In order to apply for the program you must first fill out a pre-application at Once you have completed the pre-application you can begin the application process. Applications will be submitted online, you can access the application by visiting  If you have any questions, please contact Lizzie Lincoln, Program Manager, at or 415.986.0521 ext. 108.


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