Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs 2020-2021 for Emerging Leaders

Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs 2020-2021 for Emerging Leaders

Deadline: January 8, 2020

Applications for the Coro Fellowship 2020-2021 are now open. The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change. 

They achieve their mission by:

  • Honing communication and critical-thinking skills with an approach unlike those taught in any other professional or academic programs. This empowers you to build relationships faster and increase your impact.
  • Exposing you to multiple sectors. By working across various industries, you directly experience whole-systems thinking that provides a tangible understanding of different paths to being effective.
  • Providing a cohort structure that gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to practice complex decision-making and active feedback. This allows you to better lead across differences.
  • Facilitating hands-on learning in real-life situations. This ensures you grow from your experience and develop the skills and confidence to tackle whatever issue or opportunity comes next.


Coro provides a unique learning community based on:

  • Experiential education in a learn-by-doing setting
  • Cohort learning in groups of 12
  • Direct access to institutions, communities, and leaders

The Coro experience is not an academic public policy program. It does provide unique access to and insight on the issues and the dynamics of those who are addressing major urban challenges. It provides a strong grounding in critical thinking, group dynamics, and getting things done. It’s individual components include:

  • Seminars — Weekly seminars develop individual skills, knowledge, and networks with an opportunity to work closely within the cohort and to interview community leaders.
  • Field Placements — Rotations of short-term, consulting-type projects in various sectors — government, labor, business, non-profit organizations, political campaigns, and others. The number, duration, and type of placements vary across centers.
  • Focus Weeks — Weeklong investigations of a topic, industry or sector. Fellows Focus Weeks are periods of time dedicated to the deep investigation of a topic, industry, or sector. Fellows engage in interviews, site visits, and various experiences to understand issues from a systems perspective.
  • Projects — Fellows complete group and individual projects related to public affairs 

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs will be offered in four cities in 2019-20: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.  The fifth Center, St. Louis, is not recruiting for the 2020-21 cycle.


Coro provides a stipend to help defray, but not cover, a fellows’ living expenses. Financial aid forms are submitted in advance of Selection Day and are reviewed after a candidate has been selected for the program. Coro Fellows who receive a stipend may be legally required to pay taxes. Fellows should consult a tax adviser or the IRS on this matter.

Some Coro centers also provide additional benefits such as health insurance premium reimbursements while fellows are in the program and certain travel expenses directly related to program activities. Coro does not reimburse for relocation expenses.

Upon completion of the program, Coro Fellows are afforded unique benefits from certain graduate schools. 


  • Applications are welcomed from all individuals applying to the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, regardless of immigration status. Please note, Coro does not sponsor visas of any kind.
  • Diverse, talented individuals committed to generating positive change in their communities and who see themselves as future leaders
  • Individuals who have recently completed undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as those with several years of work experience.
  • Competitive applicants are those who can engage in a program that demands stamina, rigorous thinking and analysis, and a deep, self-reflective approach to learning.
  • To be eligible to participate in the 2021 Class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs (at any center location) – you must have completed your undergraduate degree before August 1, 2020.


The process and timeline are the same for all centers. The application requires three essays (4 if applying to New York), two letters of recommendation, a resume, and college transcripts (unofficial or official). The application deadline is January 8, 2020, 11:59 PM PST.

  1. Complete a brief Interest Form that provides Coro with basic contact information.
  2. Fill out a full online application by the January 8, 2020. The online Application requires:
    • background and contact information
    • resume
    • essays (3) plus a supplemental essay for New York applicants
    • letters of recommendation (2)
    • transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Coro Fellowship.