What is the Kairos Fellowship?

The Kairos Fellowship is a year-long, paid, full-time on-the-job training program for digital campaigners of color. Kairos works not just to build a pipeline of trained, talented digital leaders from communities of color but also to dismantle the barriers to growth and advancement for people of color at all levels of leadership within social change institutions. We are looking to place 15 fellows at cutting-edge digital campaigning organizations in 2017. Click here to apply. The 2017 application period closes on November 30, 2016. We will review applicants and interview on a rolling basis — so don't wait!

When does the fellowship start?

The 2017 cohort launches on February 14, 2017. You must be able to attend all of the in-person cohort meetings — no exceptions.  The bootcamp and first in-person meeting will be February 26 – March 11 2017. The second and final in-person trainings are still TBD. The fellowship covers all costs associated with travel for the trainings.


Throughout the program fellows receive but are not limited to the following:

  • Three robust in-person trainings on: coding, strategy and campaign development, resiliency training, and leadership development.

  • On-the-job paid training with a national digital campaigning organization.

  • Support from a dedicated supervisor.

  • Mentorship with a senior-level digital campaigner or technologist of color.

  • Peer support through through the Kairos cohort.

  • Ongoing webinar training, speaker series, and exposure to the for-profit and non-profit digital sector.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 cohort are currently open. Click here to apply. The application deadline is November 30, 2016. Applications and interviews will happen on a rolling basis between now and then, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply. Final decisions will be made by December 30, 2016. Offer letters will go out to finalists the week of January 2, 2017.

What can I expect during the application period?

You must submit a full application in order to be considered for the program. The applications help us get to know you a little bit better, and are reviewed by the Kairos staff. Applicants who successfully meet the basic program requirements will advance to the writing test, in which we’ll be looking at strategy development, messaging, and attention to detail (pro-tip: proofread everything you submit). About 60-70% of applicants successfully pass the writing test and reach the first interview with the Kairos staff. Those who make it to the second (and likely final) interview will then meet with host organizations. Applicants who make it to the final interview but are not selected may be waitlisted. All applicants will receive timely information about the process and next steps, support, and encouragement throughout. We want you to succeed!

What are you looking for in a Kairos Fellow?

Candidates must possess deep ties to communities of color, a strong power analysis, particularly around racial and gender justice, creativity, sharp thinking, an understanding of the internet and its vast potential, and a passion for social justice. Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years of organizing experience. If this sounds like you (or even if this sounds somewhat like you), please apply. Read more about the 2016 cohort.

Which organizations are participating in the fellowship?

We have some awesome organizations participating in the fellowship this year and are adding more everyday. Here are some of the groups participating this year. Learn more about our partner organizations.