John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service

How to Apply

The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service offers students the opportunity to work on projects that involve collaboration with City government agencies, community-based organizations (including nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations), and other key partners. The selection process will consider the following:

  • Superior academic achievement and relevant prior work experience.
  • Proficiency using major social media platforms, especially for marketing and communications.
  • First-hand knowledge of New York City's neighborhoods and community-based organizations.
  • Experience writing for diverse audiences.
  • A team-oriented approach and collaboration skill set.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to New York City and public service.
  • Ability to speak at least one foreign language (not required but desirable).

Please note that New York City residency is not required for this fellowship; however, fellows will be expected to work within the five boroughs on a regular basis. Additionally, students enrolled at universities within the New York City metropolitan area, including Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut, may apply for this fellowship.

Please review the Eligibility Guidelines before beginning the application process.

Eligibility Guidelines

Graduate students who are attending school and are specializing in the following fields (or related field) are encouraged to apply:

  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety
  • Public Policy
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Emergency Management
  • Social Work
  • Community Organizing
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Business
  • Nonprofit Management

To Apply:

The application for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open. To apply, please complete the following two steps:

Completed applications include both the web application AND resume submitted by midnight on Friday, March 31, 2017. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Fellowship staff will confirm receipt of completed applications.

Please note that applicants must be in a graduate or PhD program  from Sept. 2017-May 2018 to be eligible for the fellowship. Additionally, this is an in-person fellowship. While there are no residency requirements, applicants must be able to commute to NYC at least 2-3 days per week for the duration of the fellowship (September 2017-May 2018).


Fellowship Timeline:

  •  Complete applications due by midnight, March 31
  •  Up to 25 finalists will be selected and notified by April 5
  • Participating agencies will host an informational webinar for finalists on April 20
  •  Finalists will interview with agency liaisons at NYCEM on May 2
  •  10 fellows will be selected and notified of acceptance by May 9
  •  Fellowship begins the first week of September 2017 and runs through the first week of May 2018
  • Please note that this timeline offers projected dates that are subject to change. Please email with questions or concerns.