2017-2018 Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship Application

To learn more about the Fellowship and to apply for the next cohort, please read this page in full.

Commitment and Compensation
The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship is a 9-month program that will begin in late August 2017 and run through late May 2018. The fellowship components are listed below:

  • Enroll and participate in the Policy Advocacy Practicum (PAD 814-816). The class will meet once a week during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Intern at an assigned host site for 14 hours per week (beginning the first full week of each semester). Host sites will be determined at a “speed interviewing” event.
  • Participate in additional TPAF activities outside of usual class and placement hours—such as professional development and skill-building workshops. These sessions are expected to average 8 hours per semester.

In exchange for participating in Fellowship and meeting all of the requirements detailed above, Fellows will receive:

  • Full in-state tuition remission for John Jay courses taken while participating in the Fellowship. Please note: Tuition remission is applied at the in-state rate for each Fellow’s respective degree program. Fellows who pay out-of-state tuition are responsible for paying the difference between the New York State resident rate and the non-resident rate in their degree program.
  • A one-time stipend of $1,000 in the fall to obtain the required readings for the Policy Advocacy Practicum and to cover any other Fellowship-related expenses, such as travel to and from host sites.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Be graduate-level students at John Jay College for the entire academic year of the Fellowship
• Have at least a 3.2 GPA at John Jay College
• Demonstrate passion and commitment for social justice and policy advocacy
• Intern at a Tow Fellowship partner organization for 14 hours per week throughout the academic year and participate in the required course each semester (PAD 814-816)

Application Process:

To apply to be a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow, you must submit a personal statement (no more than three double-spaced pages) that should address the following:

1. Why are you interested in policy advocacy? Explain any relevant personal, professional, or academic experiences and the insight you gained from them.
2. What do you hope to gain from being a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow?
3. Explain your academic interests, strengths, and weaknesses

You must also submit:
A one page resume or C.V., highlighting any work, volunteer, or academic experience relevant to this fellowship. (Your personal statement and resume should be uploaded below as one PDF or Word doc.)
• Include your unofficial John Jay transcript in your application. If you don’t not yet have any grades as a John Jay graduate student, include your final undergraduate transcript instead.
• A recommendation form from a faculty member or supervisor. The recommendation form should be submitted online by March 31, 2017. Send this link to one professor or supervisor who will complete the recommendation on your behalf. Please note that you are responsible for contacting and following-up with your recommender to ensure that their recommendation forms were successfully submitted.

To apply, complete the fields below (including the files to upload) before 5:00pm on Friday, March 31st: