Apply to be a Digital Inclusion Fellow

Applications for the 2021 cohort are closed. Please check back in the spring for information about the 2022 cohort. Access to technology and the skills to use it are not optional. They are essential for our daily lives. The pandemic forced people to move their lives online — from education to telehealth — but it quickly became evident that access was inconsistent. Because many communities lack affordable home broadband, devices, and digital literacy skills, existing gaps in services were exacerbated. As the consequences of being excluded continue to worsen, the public’s awareness of the digital divide has finally reached a tipping point. By supporting local communities in accessing the resources they need, we can make massive strides in combating inequities. NTEN’s yearlong  Digital Inclusion Fellowship supports local nonprofit leaders in creating and building programs serving their communities. These programs help:
  • Parents support their children’s online learning during school closures.
  • Families connect with doctors at a time when in-person appointments pose a public safety risk.
  • Job seekers achieve certifications, develop resumes, and search for jobs.
  • Seniors use technology to communicate with loved ones.
  • Adults access government information and programs.
  • Entrepreneurs start or expand an online business.
  • Families acquire devices.
You can read about previous fellows’ work in our annual collection of fact sheets.

Benefits

During a year-long cohort, fellows receive:
  • Comprehensive support, including orientation and monthly training, focused on program design and project management skills.
  • A project grant of up to $1,000 for Cleveland fellows (sponsored by Cleveland Foundation) and $5,000 for fellows in all other cities (sponsored by Google Fiber).
  • Mentorship through small group calls and 1:1 mentor support.
  • An opportunity to earn the Digital Equity Professional Certificate.
  • Cohort calls and check-ins with NTEN staff.
  • Support in designing and launching a new or expanded digital literacy program.
  • Opportunities to speak at conferences and publish articles on NTEN’s blog.
  • Connection with a national network of digital inclusion experts.
Most importantly, the fellowship guides you in supporting your community with access to technology and digital literacy skills.

Timeline

  • April 29: Applications open
  • May 20: 11:00 AM Pacific Time: A Q&A call discussing the benefits of the fellowship and how to apply. Watch the recording.
  • June 11: Applications close (interviews conducted on a rolling basis)
  • June 28: Accepted fellows notified
  • July 22: Public announcement
  • August 2–13: Orientation

Program Requirements

  • Participate in virtual orientation, which will require a commitment of 30–40 hours over two weeks.
  • Craft a year-long project plan that includes leadership and program goals for serving a specific number of unique participants, instruction hours, trained volunteers, or other related service areas. These goals are tracked by the fellow and reported to NTEN every month.
  • Participate in monthly online training. The time commitment for these training sessions will range from 1 to 2.5 hours per month, depending on the training format.
  • Engage in mentorship by participating in monthly calls with mentors and reaching out to mentors for additional 1:1 support.
  • Participate in monthly cohort calls with other fellows. These calls require one hour per month.
  • Participate in a monthly 1-on-1 check-in with NTEN staff to discuss plans, progress, and challenges. These calls are 15 to 60 minutes long, and fellows are welcome to schedule additional calls to ensure they have the coaching and support they need.
The fellow must have ample time to fulfill their project plan and reach goals. Depending on the project’s scope, the amount of time needed for the project to be successful may vary widely. Because of the necessary time investment, the fellow’s supervisor must approve the plan’s scope and the estimated amount of time required to fulfill it. The supervisor also agrees to align or reassign other duties to provide the fellow with the time necessary to complete the project successfully.

Who Can Apply?

All employees of nonprofits and social service agencies located in the areas listed below are invited to apply. Participation in the fellowship in one of the open cities does not cost the organization other than your staff time; we do not provide a salary or additional staff stipends outside of travel and accommodations for training or other cohort events. If you are interested in participating but are located in a city not included below, please email us to learn more about your options for joining the cohort. Successful fellows will have a background in community work and program management, including regular reporting to outside partners or funders. Previous Fellows have worked in public libraries, housing authorities, adult literacy organizations, social services, workforce development, and digital inclusion organizations. We seek fellows who are engaged with and members of the communities they wish to serve. Familiarity with digital inclusion, digital literacy, and adult education is preferred but not necessary. Applicants must have the full support of their supervisor to commit a significant amount of time to this year-long, project-based fellowship. Fellows should be situated in a role that empowers them to manage the program and relevant partnerships closely. If you have any questions about applying, please email us, and we will be happy to help you.

Available Fellowships

Sponsored fellowship positions are available in the following cities. The sponsorship covers all costs associated with the fellowship.
  • Atlanta, GA: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • Austin, TX: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • Cleveland, OH: 2 positions (sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation)
  • Huntsville, AL: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • Kansas City, MO: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • Nashville, TN: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • Provo, UT: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 2 positions (sponsored by Google Fiber)
  • San Antonio, TX: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
Thank you to Google Fiber and The Cleveland Foundation for sponsoring the Digital Inclusion Fellowship.

Application Instructions

You can find two application forms below, one for the applicant and another for the applicant’s supervisor. Both forms must be submitted before the deadline, along with the potential fellow’s resume. Fellow Application Form Supervisor Application Form If you are interested in sponsoring a fellow in a different city, please email us. An organization may sponsor one of its employees or an employee of a partner organization to be a fellow. Does your supervisor need convincing? Check out our tips for making a case for digital inclusion.

Sponsors

This program is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, Google Fiber, the Cleveland Foundation, and Digitunity. A special thank you to our founding sponsor, Google Fiber, for partnering with us in 2015 to launch the fellowship.