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Please check back in late August/early September 2024 for updates on the 2024-2025 Public Voices Fellowship application and details. The below information represents the application process from previous years and is subject to change.
The program typically includes:
Public Voices Fellows will convene for a total of five seminars throughout the year: an initial 3-day seminar (“Foundations of Thought Leadership”) that begins the fellowship and explores how ideas and individuals become influential through high stakes scenarios and Socratic dialogue; and two mid-year, one-day seminars which are designed to stimulate cross-pollination of ideas, find connections between participants’ areas of focus and current news hooks, and generate concrete results (in the form of published op-eds/blog posts, TV and radio appearances; speaking opportunities, expert citations in the media, and more).
In between each seminar, dedicated OpEd Project editors will be assigned to oversee the group, providing individual coaching and feedback by phone and e-mail, and holding regular check-in conference calls designed to encourage and support participants in reaching their thought leadership goals. They will edit, support, look for news hooks, provide individual feedback and encouragement, and otherwise help participants succeed. DePaul has had seven successful cohorts come through the OpEd Project Public Voices Fellowship program so far, with fellows publishing on average two to three op-eds each, in addition to other media appearances.
Five Thought Leadership Seminars will meet on dates to be determined throughout the academic year.
Please check back for the 2024-2025 Public Voices Fellowship application. The application is subject to change.
The application form will not allow you to save answers and edit at a later date. Prepare your answers in advance using the list below so that you can complete the application in one sitting.
If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Bronstein, professor of Communication and founding faculty director at
email@example.com, or Craig Klugman, professor of Health Sciences and faculty director of the OpEd Project Public Voices Fellowship Program at
Please check back for the 2024-2025 Public Voices Fellowship application questions. Questions are subject to change.
Please check back for the 2024-2025 Public Voices Fellowship application review process, the below is subject to change.
Each application is reviewed by a committee of DePaul Public Voices alumni who represent a range of colleges and offices at DePaul. Applicants are reviewed first in terms of their relative strength in their respective college pools, e.g. compared to other applicants from their own colleges. Later, they are reviewed with the composition of the larger cohort in mind, taking into account the need to balance membership across the university, and to ensure the potential for effective “cross-pollination.” That is, we look for fellows across the university who are working on similar types of issues, or whose knowledge and/or expertise reveal interdisciplinary connections and potential for collaboration.
Some factors that contribute positively to a successful candidate profile include, but are not limited to:
This process is a qualitative and holistic one, and demand for participation in the OpEd Project typically exceeds capacity. Not all qualified applicants will be selected to participate. However, applicants not selected this year are encouraged to apply in subsequent program years.