Wellstone Fellowships for Social Justice aim to foster the advancement of social justice by supporting participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color. Fellows work full time for one year in Families USA’s offices in Washington, D.C., where they assist with organizing conference and training activities, contribute to publications and website content development, and gain exposure to the work of a public policy advocacy nonprofit.
Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial, and ethnic minority groups—including African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American and Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
Each fellowship lasts for one year, from August through the following July. Fellows receive an annual salary of approximately $38,000 as well as health care benefits.
Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. for a year. Families USA prefers that applicants either have a college degree or plan to receive a college degree prior to taking up the fellowship. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Candidates should demonstrate an interest in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve health care justice and social change, and should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following the fellowship year.