The GFA Fellowship is a two-year paid opportunity for exceptional recent graduates to serve in high-impact roles in state and local governments across the country as a part of a diverse community of engaged leaders.



Govern for America recruits, develops, and connects these leaders to high-impact jobs in these governments and supports them to transform the systems that we interact with on a daily basis.

We actively seek applicants from across the country who demonstrate a desire to tackle complex problems and potential as transformative leaders, and who share backgrounds and lived experiences with our partner communities. 

We encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in government leadership, including people of color, first generation college students, women and gender non-binary individuals, members of the LBGTQ community, and individuals from low-socio economic backgrounds.






The 2019 GFA fellows hail from 11 states and 14 academic institutions and represent a diverse community -- 67% identify as people of color, members of the LQBTQ+ community, or are in the first generation of their family to attend college. The fellows come to GFA with a wide range of academic backgrounds - from public policy to computer science to comparative literature and public health and more - and bring a broad set of perspectives and lived experiences to their work in Rhode Island, Louisiana, Connecticut, and Allegheny County. 


GFA fellows work alongside other government leaders on real issues facing our communities — from developing more gender-responsive policies for incarcerated individuals, to reconstructing the way that special school districts serve their students, to using data to connect vulnerable families with supportive services, and more.




You belong at GFA if you are a:  

  • Dynamic Leader

  • Creative Problem Solver

  • Equity Champion

  • Compelling Storyteller

  • Data-Driven Analyst

  • Strategic Thinker

  • Team Player

To be considered for the 2020 Fellowship Cohort, applicants must: 

  • Be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA Recipient

  • Be on track to earn an undergraduate or masters degree by June 2020; or if graduated, have earned an undergraduate degree in 2017 or later

Application Timeline for 2020 Cohort
Application deadline Oct. 18 Nov. 22 Dec. 20
Interview announcements Nov. 15 Dec. 20 Jan. 17
Virtual interviews Dec. 2 - 13 Jan. 6 - 17 Jan. 20 - 31
Group interviews Feb. 3 - 21
Interview with state partners Mar. 16 - Apr. 10
Rolling acceptances Mar. 16 - Apr. 10



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