March of Dimes MOMentum: Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellowship! The deadline to apply for the fellowship closed on May 25. Successful fellows will be notified by email by mid-June.

Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellows take part in a year-long program to change public policies across the nation and acquire the skills to lead others to do the same. By the end of the year, Carlson fellows will have what it takes to help build a brighter future for us all. 

Successful applicants should have a keen interest the policy-making process and how government policies impact the lives of moms and babies. Applicants do NOT need previous experience in public policy, but do need to be interested in learning, leading and driving change. Awardees will proactively partner with other like-minded women to focus governmental attention and action on the needs of moms and babies.

Carlson Fellows will participate in monthly advocacy trainings via web meetings, educational opportunities, special projects and outreach to policymakers, as well as an exciting three-day event in Washington, DC from July 8-10 with policymakers and leaders. Expenses for the DC meeting will be covered. No additional stipend or reimbursement will be provided for fellowship activities unless specified in advance. Fellows are not considered employees or contractors of March of Dimes. All information provided on the application will be kept confidential and used solely for internal purposes by March of Dimes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

All interested applicants must submit their applications by May 25. Successful fellows will be notified mid-June.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Any woman is welcome to apply. We are looking for applicants that embody a passion for advocating for moms and babies. A preference will be given to women age 25-35, but all women over age 21 are welcome to apply.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR FELLOWS?

The Fellowship spans a 12-month period, beginning with an introductory webinar with Gretchen Carlson in June, followed by a gathering in Washington, DC from July 8-10. Attendance at the gathering and on the first webinar is required. Fellows are also required to attend at least eight of the following ten webinar sessions. The program will conclude with a final webinar in May 2019.

I WORK FULL TIME. HOW WILL I FIND TIME TO BE A FELLOW?

We expect that many Fellows will have full time jobs, families, and many other commitments. The Fellowship will be geared to help you learn to engage and affect policy change with the tools and time that you have in your busy life. However, if you expect that you will be unable to participate in this program in a meaningful way due to your existing commitments, please consider applying at a different time. 

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FELLOWSHIP OR TO ATTEND THE GATHERING IN WASHINGTON, DC?

No. The entire cost of each Fellow's participation is covered with the generous support of Gretchen Carlson. 

IS THE FELLOWSHIP A PAID POSITION/ OPPORTUNITY?

This Fellowship is not a paid position. It is an unpaid, 12-month training and leadership development opportunity.

WILL I RECEIVE EDUCATIONAL CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FELLOWSHIP?

No. March of Dimes is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization organized to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes is not a formal "educational institution," such as an accredited college or university. Formal educational credits will not be awarded to Fellows who participate in the Fellowship.  

WILL MY APPLICATION BE CONFIDENTIAL? 

Yes. Your application will only be read by the March of Dimes selection committee and the information in it will be used solely for internal purposes. 

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I'VE BEEN SELECTED AS A FELLOW?

Fellows will be announced by mid-June. We will contact all successful applicantsat that time. Those who are not selected will receive an email notification.