Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship Application

The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship is now recruiting John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate students for the 2020-2021 cohort.


The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship is a nine month program that will begin in late August 2020 and run through late May 2021. All Tow Policy Advocacy Fellows will:

  • Participate in the Policy Advocacy Practicum (PAD 814-816). The class meets 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.
  • Participate in professional development, skill-building workshops, and other professional enrichment activities. These sessions are expected to average 8 hours per semester.

Fellows who meet all of the requirements detailed above 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 stipend of $2,000 to cover Fellowship-related expenses.
  • Monthly metro cards during the course of the fellowship.
  • 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


To apply for the Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship, please complete the form below and upload the following materials by Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

Additionally, you must have a professor or supervisor submit this recommendation form before the application deadline. (Please do not submit multiple recommendations; we will only review one recommendation per applicant.)

application components

Personal Statement (3 pages max)
In no more than three double-spaced pages, your personal statement should address the following:

  1. What do you hope to gain as a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow?
  2. What policy area(s) are you interested in?
  3. Provide an example of advocacy work you have done that is related to the policy area you’re interested in.
  4. What are some strengths and weaknesses you learned about yourself while doing that advocacy work?

Resume (2 pages max)
Include your current resume or C.V., highlighting any work, volunteer, or academic experience relevant to this fellowship.

Include your unofficial John Jay transcript in your application. If you don’t not yet have any grades as a John Jay grad student, include your final undergraduate transcript instead. (Any method for including your transcript in your application is acceptable; just ensure that your transcript is accurate and legible. For example, one approach is pasting a screenshot of your transcript into your application.)