John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service

How to Apply

The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service provides an opportunity for ten graduate students in the New York City area to complete a nine-month paid fellowship at a New York City government agency or nonprofit organization. Each fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend, will be placed within the emergency management unit at their assigned agency, and will participate in special programs with other fellows. (Fellows commit roughly 15 to 20 hours per week to their assigned agency/organization.) 

Fellows will have the opportunity to work on projects that focus on emergency preparedness and resilience, and involve collaboration with New York City government agencies, community-based organizations, and other key partners. They will also be given access to, and encouraged to complete, the New York City Emergency Management certificate program. Through their work, fellows will gain invaluable, first-hand experience working with City agencies and nonprofit organizations in the critical and growing field of emergency management.


  • A commitment to New York City and to public service.
  • A strong interest in emergency management and community resiliency.
  • Superior academic achievement and relevant prior work experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently, and in highly collaborative environments.
  • A proactive, "can-do" attitude and strong desire to learn.
  • Proficiency using major social media platforms, conducting internet research, and using Microsoft Office.
  • First-hand knowledge of New York City's neighborhoods and community-based organizations preferred, but not required.

Applicants must be in a graduate or PhD program from September 2020 to May 2021 to be eligible for the fellowship. Degree programs in public administration, public health, emergency management, public safety, and public policy are preferred, but all qualifying graduate students will be considered.

This is an in-person fellowship. While there are no residency requirements, applicants must be able to commute to New York City at least two to three days per week for the duration of the fellowship (September 2020 to May 2021).

To Apply

The application period for the 2020-2021 Fellowship class will be open from Monday, January 27 through Monday, April 6, 2020. To apply, please complete and submit the application by midnight on Monday, April 6. To apply, create a profile on the John D. Solomon Fellowship Portal

Fellowship staff will review all completed applications and will reach out to all candidates by Monday, April 13.

Application Timeline

Please note that this timeline offers projected dates that are subject to change. Please contact the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service with questions or concerns.

  • Application period begins Monday, January 27
  • Application period ends midnight, Monday, April 6 
  • Up to 25 finalists will be selected and notified by Monday, April 13
  • Finalist applications will be available for supervisors to review by Monday, April 13
  • Participating agencies will host an informational webinar for finalists on Monday, April 20
  • Finalist and supervisor rankings due Tuesday, April 20
  • Finalists will interview with agency liaisons virtually between Monday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 29
  • Mentor and finalist preferences due Friday, May 1
  • Fellows will be selected and notified of acceptance Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 15
  • Fellow Commitment Letters due Monday, May 18