Applications for the 2019 Voqal Fellowship are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied!

Voqal believes taking risks and experimenting with new ideas is necessary to advance social change. Our Fellowship is a talent and technology accelerator for change-makers and thought leaders who want to launch their next “big idea” focused on increasing equity for those who are least well off politically, economically and/or socially.

One of the few early-stage fellowships, the Voqal Fellowship is designed to increase equity and further progressive, social justice-oriented causes. Ideal applicants will have a specific issue or challenge they are looking to address over the course of their fellowship. Projects can be broad in scope, or a simple tool that will help resolve a social inequity or lead to progressive social change.

Voqal Fellowship Details

Voqal Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend and will be expected to complete a project in six months. Candidates must have three-to-five years of work experience and may not be currently enrolled in a graduate program. Fellows should treat the fellowship as a sabbatical and may not work full-time during the fellowship. Qualifying fellows may also be eligible to receive an additional stipend to help offset the cost of personal health insurance. Fellows are paired with a mentor, a professional well established in the fellow’s field who is available to share his or her expertise and provide support. Applications for projects that are part of an established organization or are well beyond the initial start-up period will not be considered for this fellowship. Candidates must be able to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States and be based in the United States for the duration of the fellowship. If you have a passion for social justice, progressive politics or transformative media and technology, this program is for you.

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Featured Fellows

Andrea Hart

Andrea is City Bureau’s community engagement director, formerly of Free Spirit Media, where she created the nonprofit organization’s Real Chi Youth program.

Hart’s City Bureau’s Community Data Project created a workspace/pipeline for south and west side Chicago residents to identify and compile new data sets to conduct civic investigations.

Catherine Huang

Catherine Huang (Cat) is a technologist that has over 15 years of experience in building media, membership, narrative and advocacy platforms. Prior to joining OUR Walmart, she led a team of technologists at Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL) in the creation and implementation of digital platforms and tools for progressive advocacy groups, including, and Ultraviolet.

Cat’s project, WorkIt, uses technology (assisted AI, cloud computing, messaging and mobile apps), peer networks, legislative information and company policy to provide real-time workplace information and support to people working in low-wage jobs

Alicia Nieves

Nieves is a 2016 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Latina/o Human Rights Scholar and staff editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Her previous work experience includes positions at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New Economy Project, Atl.Legal and Her work centers on developing technology and protocols for mobilizing disadvantaged communities.

Nieves project Streetwide is a nonprofit project leveraging technology and data for immigrant communities. Streetwide’s awarding-winning software allows allies and impacted communities to work together to deliver emotional and legal support to individuals and their loved ones impacted by immigration arrest and deportation.