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Fellowships and In-Kind Support to USA Leaders and Activists to
Protect Human Rights and Ensure a Just and Equal Society

Roddenberry Fellowship

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Foundation / Corporation

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Roddenberry Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/12/22 5:00 PM Pacific


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Fellowships and in-kind support to USA and territories individuals for new and existing projects to protect human rights and ensure a just and equal society. Registration and submission of the first-phase application are required prior to submission of a full application. Projects must be aligned with one of the following issue areas: health and wellness, environmental protection, civil rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and LGBTQIA and women's rights. In addition to a cash award, fellows will receive professional coaching and development opportunities.

The 12-month program is designed to support Founders, Executive Directors, and CEOs who are approaching some of the country's most entrenched problems in new and impactful ways. The tailored support, trainings, and connections that are at the core of the Fellowship are designed to be responsive to the needs of each Fellow and each cohort. By creating space for amazing individuals to connect, the community can collectively support the revolutionary movements that are needed to reshape this country into one that meets the needs of all, not just the few.

Issue Areas:

  • Civil Rights: Fellows will work toward equity for all, including in public schools, criminal justice system, and places of work.
  • Environmental Protection: Fellows will work to mitigate the human impact on natural resources, neighborhoods, and communities.
  • Immigration and Refugee Rights: Fellows will work to ensure the rights of all newcomers to the US regardless of where they come from or why.
  • LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights: Fellows will work to secure rights and opportunities for everyone, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.
  • Health and Wellness: Fellows will work to overcome the barriers that prevent underserved communities from accessing the healthcare they need and deserve.

For more information about the above issue areas, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186021

Number of Grants:

Up to twenty Fellows

Estimated Size of Grant:

All Roddenberry Fellows receive a $50,000 award, as well as:
- One-on-one professional coaching and development opportunities
- Virtual collaboration sessions to provide ongoing advisement, support, and connections
- Two required in-person retreats (assuming state/city ordinances allow): February 20-24, 2023 in Los Angeles; September 28 - October 1, 2023 in New York
- A community of peers and allies who share resources, expertise, and support

Term of Contract:

Fellowship Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following:
- United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its territories.
- Individuals who are the principal of their initiatives or organizations, including Founder, Co-Founder, President, CEO, or Executive Director.
- Individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
- Individuals employed by or affiliated with organizations or institutions with a budget of $2M or less.
- Individuals whose primary focus of their work is: immigrant and refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ and women's rights, environmental protection, or health and wellness.

Individuals applying to the Fellowship with organizations that are not recognized as charitable Section 501(c)(3) organizations under the Code must ensure that any Award funds will be used solely for charitable purposes and will not result in private benefit to other people, organizations, or entities other than incidental benefit that is a necessary byproduct of the accomplishment of the charitable or educational purpose.

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Fellowship Award funds must be used for the project for which they are awarded, and may not be used:
a. For non-charitable or non-educational purposes;
b. To carry on propaganda or otherwise to attempt to influence legislation within the meaning of Code Section 4945(d)(1);
c. To influence the outcome of any specific public election, or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive within the meaning of Code Section 4945(d)(2); or
d. To pay fees or wages for the services of fundraising or fundraising consulting firms.
e. To make a grant to any individual for travel, study, or other similar purposes, or to make a grant to any organization, except in compliance with the provisions of Sections 4945(g) or (h), as the case may be.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates and Details
- Fellowship Launch: May 3, 2022. Between May 3 and May 27, you are invited to learn about the Fellowship and complete the Round One application.
- Round One Deadline: May 27, 2022. Complete registration and submit your application by 5:00 PM Pacific.
- Round One review: May 31 – July 15, 2022. The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure they comply with Fellowship eligibility and rules, and a panel of vetters evaluates applications using the scoring rubric.
- Round Two invitations: July 18, 2022
- Round Two opens: July 18, 2022. A select number of applications will be invited to submit an application for Round Two of the Fellowship. Only those who are invited to Round Two will remain in consideration for the 2023 Fellowship.
- Round Two deadline: August 12, 2022. Round Two applicants will have four weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by Friday, August 12, at 5:00 PM Pacific.
- Round Two Evaluation: August 18 - September 30. The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of judges evaluates applications using the scoring criteria and finalizes the 2023 cohort.
- Fellows Announcement: November 2022. The 2023 Fellows will be announced on The Roddenberry Foundation website and social media.
- Fellowship Begins: January 2023. The 2023 Fellowship will officially begin in January 2023.

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