FAO Schwarz Fellowship


Early February


The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact that includes focused professional development. Fellows work at high-impact nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. Host organizations vary from year to year—and all have a proven commitment to addressing critical issues of social inequity.

Fellows deepen their knowledge and understanding of relevant social issues, work directly with host communities, and lead strategic projects that strengthen the host organization’s capacity and impact.


Fellows receive total compensation of approximately $90,000 plus benefits over the two-year Fellowship:

  • $42,000 in year one (includes $2,000 start of Fellowship bonus)
  • $48,000 in year two (includes $3,000 end of Fellowship bonus)
  • Health insurance coverage (100%—approximate value $12,000/year)
  • Monthly subway pass (approximate value $1,200/year)
  • Professional development & leadership training

Fellows attend two four-day leadership retreats each year to learn about the social impact sector, develop critical skills and build relationships with—and learn from—current and alumni FAO Schwarz Fellows. 

In addition to one-on-one weekly meetings with a supervisor, every Fellow has two mentors who offer support and guidance over the course of their Fellowship. Fellows also join a valuable network of current and alumni Fellows as well as leaders from host organizations.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year institutions at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.



Selection criteria

Successful candidates have demonstrated leadership in their college communities and have a proven record of academic excellence. They seek to immerse themselves in an experience that will challenge them, train them and empower them to become social impac leaders.

Application Process

Applications open in Nov 1. The application requires a cover letter, responses to a few simple questions, and a résumé. 

Host organizations screen résumés and applications, conduct interviews with candidates, and select their Fellow. Finalists will be notified in April, and Fellows are selected by the end of April.


  • Gap Year
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development


  • Public Service
  • Social Justice

Eligible applicants

  • Fourth-year+ Undergrads
  • Undergraduate Alumni

ASU Nomination required

  • No

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