What is the Kairos Fellowship?

The Kairos Fellowship is an eight-month, paid, on the job, full-time Fellowship for emerging civic-tech leaders of color. Kairos works not only to build a pipeline of trained, talented online organizers 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 up to 15 fellows at cutting-edge digital campaigning organizations in 2018.  The Spring Fellowship application period is now closed. Applicants can expect to hear from Kairos by February 28 if they have been selected.

When does the fellowship start?

The 2018 Spring Fellowship begins on May 7. You must be able to attend all of the in-person trainings — no exceptions.  The bootcamp and first in-person meeting will be May 14 - May 26 2018. The second and final in-person trainings are still TBD. The fellowship covers all costs associated with travel, meals, and materials for the trainings.

What compensation do fellows receive?

We match fellows with the host organization who then hires the fellow to join their staff. We recommend that each host organization pay fellows a minimum of $50,000 annually plus full medical and dental benefits along with any other benefits the organization offers. But ultimately the final decision on pay is between the Fellow and the host organization. We encourage each Fellow to negotiate their desired salary directly with the host organization upon receiving an offer.

    Is this a full time job?

    Yes. This is a full-time job. You are matched with a host organization, then hired on as a staff member. When the fellowship ends, most organizations will offer fellows permanent positions. It is not possible to do this fellowship while also holding another full-time job. 



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

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

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

    • Support from a dedicated supervisor.

    • A maximum of 14 coaching calls with a senior-level  campaigner or technologist of color.

    • Peer support through through the Kairos cohort and network.

    • Ongoing webinar training, speaker series, and exposure to the for-profit and non-profit civic tech and online organizing sector.

    How do I apply?

    Applications for the 2018 cohort are currently closed. We may have more opportunities throughout 2018, please check back in during the summer.  


    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. Candidates must also be 100% committed to movement building across movements. 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 that have participated in previous years. Learn more about the 2018 partner organizations.

    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. But you do not need a current resume in order to apply. Applicants who successfully meet the basic program requirements will advance to the writing task. Roughly 60-70% of applicants successfully pass the writing test and reach the first interview call with Kairos alumni. The alumni call is a great opportunity to talk to others who have been through the program and really assess if the Fellowship is right for you. There are two interviews plus reference checks following the alumni call.  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!