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2020 Lead for America Fellowship

The 2020 Lead for America Fellowship is now accepting applications. Those who complete this registration page will receive an email within 1-2 minutes directing them to complete the full application.

If you do not see an email from Lead for America after submitting your registration, please check your spam folder.

Who We Are

Lead for America works to ensure that our country’s most dynamic and diverse young leaders are working on our toughest challenges. We believe that with the right leadership in the right places, we can reimagine the American Dream in a way that is:

1) Shared. Where we all have strong communal ties and a common aspiration of equity and justice for all.

2) Accessible. Where everyone has a chance at economic and civic mobility, no matter their zip code; and

3) Sustainable. Where our education system and public institutions are well positioned to grow and sustain the next generation of leadership that will be responsible for solving problems that we cannot yet see.

Lead for America's flagship program is the Lead for America Fellowship, which selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local community organizations – such as local government, nonprofits, and community-based businesses – as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, revitalizing our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational community leaders.

Fellowships begin with a four week summer training institute in late June 2020, with fellowship placements starting August 2020.

Eligibility Guidelines

-Be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA Recipient.
-Be between the ages of 21 and 30.
-If in college, be on track to earn an undergraduate degree by June 2020, and if graduated, have earned an undergraduate degree in 2011 or later.


First Application Deadline: October 1st
Second Application Deadline: November 1st
Third Application Deadline: January 1st
Fourth Application Deadline: February 1st
Fifth Application Deadline: March 1st (LFNC March 15th)

First Application Endorsed Finalist Selection Day: November 24th
Second Application Endorsed Finalist Selection Day: December 22nd
Third Application Endorsed Finalist Selection Day: February 23rd
Third Application Endorsed Finalist Selection Day: March 22nd
Fourth Application Endorsed Finalist Selection Day: April 22nd


To learn more about the fellowship program or LFA, please see