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The 2020-21 program will include:
Public Voices Fellows will convene quarterly for a total of three seminars throughout the year: an initial 1.5-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 four 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.
The Thought Leadership Seminars will meet on the following dates:
Please answer the following brief application questions and e-mail your responses to
Applications are due by October 16, 2020.
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 include the following with your application:
Each application is reviewed by a committee of DePaul Public Voices alumni who represent a range of colleges 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 departments and colleges, and to ensure the potential for effective “cross-pollination.” That is, we look for fellows across colleges 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 during the 2020-21 year. However, applicants not selected this year are encouraged to apply in subsequent program years.