Access to technology and the skills to use it are no longer luxuries—they are essential for success and to participate in civic, economic, educational, and social opportunities.
The Digital Inclusion Fellowship, launched in 2015 in partnership with Google Fiber, envisions a world where all people have a computer and internet connection at home that they can use to meet their goals. By providing training and connections to a national network of experts, the Fellowship program supports local nonprofit leaders in creating and building effective programs that best serve their communities. Participating nonprofit staff receive a year of learning and coaching, and launch or expand digital literacy programs.
Fellows in this year-long professional development cohort will develop digital literacy programs specifically suited to serve their communities. These programs may help:
- parents access online school portals
- 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
- participants acquire devices
The Fellow, Fellow’s supervisor, and NTEN staff will craft a set of tangible goals including the number of individuals served, instruction time, and volunteers trained.
Fellows join a year-long cohort-based program that includes: an in-person orientation week in Portland, Oregon, monthly online trainings, a project grant of up to $1,000 to help implement the program, potential to earn a certificate in digital inclusion programming, cohort calls, check-ins with NTEN program staff, and support in designing and launching a new or expanded digital literacy program, as well as opportunities to speak at conferences and publish articles on NTEN’s blog.
The Fellowship will connect you with a network of colleagues and content experts; it will develop your program design and project management skills, and position you as a digital inclusion leader. Most importantly, the Fellowship program will guide you in supporting your community with access to technology and digital literacy skills.
- November 20: Applications 0pen
- December 5, 11:00am Pacific Time: Info session and Q&A for potential applicants.
- December 20: Applications close (interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis)
- January 8: Accepted Fellows notified
- January 28: Public Fellow announcement
- February 19 – 22: Orientation in Portland, Oregon
- Attend a three-day (plus 2 travel days) in-person orientation in Portland, Oregon. (Travel, lodging, meals, and related expenses are covered by NTEN; no additional costs will be incurred.)
- Craft a year-long project plan that includes both leadership and program goals, including serving a specific number of unique participants, instruction hours, trained volunteers, newly staffed lab hours, or other related service areas. These goals will be tracked by the Fellow and reported to NTEN on a monthly basis.
- Participate in monthly online trainings. The time commitment for these trainings will range from 1 to 2.5 hours per month, depending on the format of the training.
- Participate in monthly cohort calls with all other Fellows. These calls will require 1 hour per month.
- Participate in a monthly 1-on-1 check-in with NTEN staff to discuss plans, progress, challenges, etc. These calls may be 15 to 60 minutes long.
The Fellow must have ample time to fulfill their project plan and reach goals. Depending on the scope of the Fellow’s project, the amount of time needed for the project to be successful may vary widely. The Fellow must consult with their supervisor for approval on the scope of the plan and the estimated amount of time required to fulfill it. The supervisor must agree to align or reassign other duties to provide the Fellow with the time necessary to successfully complete the project.
Who can apply?
All employees of nonprofits and social service agencies located in the areas listed below are invited to apply. The Fellowship does not include a stipend.
Successful Fellows will have a background in community work and program management, including experience providing 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 closely manage the program and relevant partnerships.
If you have questions about applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored Fellowship positions are available in the following cities. The sponsorship covers all costs associated with the Fellowship.
- Austin, TX: 1 position
- Charlotte, NC: 1 position
- Cleveland, OH: 2 positions
- Oregon: 4 positions
- Raleigh-Durham, NC: 1 position
- Salt Lake City, UT: 1 position
- San Antonio, TX: 1 position
Thank you to Google Fiber & The Cleveland Foundation for sponsoring the Digital Inclusion Fellowship.
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 applying Fellow’s resume.
You may download a .doc version of the forms to prepare your answers, but you must submit your answers via the forms. Emailed applications will not be considered.
On December 5th, we held a Community Call to answer questions about the Fellowship. You can view the recording here.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Fellow in a different city, please email email@example.com. An organization may sponsor one of their own employees or an employee of a partner organization to be a Fellow.
Does your supervisor need convincing? Check out our tips for making the case for digital inclusion.
This program is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Google Fiber, the Cleveland Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust. A special thank you goes out to our founding sponsor, Google Fiber. The Digital Inclusion Fellowship was conceived and launched in partnership with Google Fiber in 2015.