Eligibility and Application Information

Imagine a fully funded fellowship in which, over the course of a few months, you experience some of the deepest learning of your life. Imagine being in a space with other grassroots changemakers, exploring how to create the most powerful change possible.

Who You Are

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You believe we can and we must change our food system. You believe a better world is possible, and you know that assertions that “there is no alternative” are lies designed to keep us complacent.

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You believe we need a vision as well as a critique, strategy, and brand to effect the change we seek.

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You’re an emerging leader who seeks a space in which to develop and understand more of who you are and what you can achieve.

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Your passions lie at the intersections of these crucial topics: animal welfare, food justice, people power, systems change, decolonization, resilience, and climate justice.

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You seek complementary strategies and a learning community. You are willing to step outside your comfort zone and want to study with and learn from movement builders, campaigners, organizers, and trainers.


Fellows must work or reside within 150 miles of Chicago.

Fellows must work full time in one of the following sectors or exercise significant leadership in a grassroots project or campaign in Chicago or the greater Chicago foodshed: social justice, nonprofit, public, or academic.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • Involvement, achievements, and experience in organizing, food justice, or animal justice
  • Goals and vision
  • Passion, skills, and desire for growth

Application Process


  • Complete the online application and upload your resume by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022.


  • If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you to schedule a 45-minute virtual conversation.


  • Once all interviews are completed, our selection committee will choose 20 candidates for the 20222023 cohort and will get back to you no later than Friday, October 14, 2022.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022.