DEADLINE: January 17, 2018 (11:59 PM, PST)
Based on a review of the written application materials, Coro invites 36 finalists to attend a daylong assessment, Selection Day, at each Coro location in March. Candidates are notified in February if they are selected as finalists. Finalists attend the Selection Day at the Center that reviewed their application. More information on Selection Day is provided to finalists upon notification in February.
Fellows classes are selected from among the finalists based on numerous factors, including: skills and abilities of the individual; diversity of experiences and perspectives among class members; ability of Fellows to learn from and work with each other; regional leadership needs; and others. Invitations to successful candidates to join the Coro Fellows Program are extended in April. Centers also maintain a list of alternates who may receive an invitation to join the program later.
|January 17, 2018||Application deadline|
|Early February 2018||Selection Day finalists notified|
|March 2018||Selection Days in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis|
|April 2018||Final selection notifications|
|August/September 2018||Coro Fellows Program begins|
|May/June 2019||Fellows Program graduation ceremony|
To apply to the Coro Fellows Program, we require two recommendation letters. There are two ways to submit recommendation letters:
- Applicants may upload recommendation letters themselves in PDF format in our full application.
- Recommenders may email recommendation letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essay 1: What significant personal and/or professional factors have most informed your present outlook? How do these impact your relationship to your community or communities? (750 word limit)
Essay 2: Briefly describe a high stakes situation in which you exercised leadership. What was your role, what did you do that had an impact on the success or failure of the group, and what did you learn about yourself? How does this reflect your approach to leadership? (750 word limit)
Essay 3: Please share your plans to create positive change through your leadership, service, and professional aspirations. How will your participation in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs equip you to realize these plans? (750 word limit)
Supplemental Essay for Coro New York applicants only: How do you envision leveraging your Coro Fellows experience after graduation to contribute to the civic life of New York City? (Please answer in no more than 750 words.)
Stipends, tuition, and payment schedules vary between Coro centers. Please visit each Coro center page to learn specifics.
Tuition waivers and payment schedules vary between Coro centers. Nationally, there is tuition between $3,000 and $5,000, of which a partial deposit is due upon acceptance into the program. Need-based stipends are available at all Coro locations. Pittsburgh is the only location that does not charge tuition and offers need-blind stipends to all selected Fellows.
Student Loan Deferment
Fellows who receive student loans for their graduate or undergraduate education and who want to defer payment of these loans while enrolled in the Coro program, should obtain the necessary papers from their lending institutions. Deferment is granted by lending institutions on an individually negotiated basis.
The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is offered in five cities: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis.
- Four of the Coro Program locations – Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis – review applications from applicants nationwide. Finalists invited to the assessment day are part of a national pool and are considered for fellowships at any of those four Coro locations. When possible, applicants’ geographic preferences will be factored into the selection process. The more open an applicant is regarding geographic choices, the more options Coro has in finding a position for them.
- The New York Center accepts applications from individuals nationwide interested in establishing themselves in and contributing to the future of New York City. Individuals with this interest who want to do the Fellows Program in New York have their applications reviewed by the New York Coro Center, regardless of their current location. Applicants for the program in New York complete an additional essay about how the applicant envisions leveraging their Coro Fellows experience after graduation to contribute to the civic life of New York City.
Accepts applications from individuals nationwide. If unsure of your desired Coro location, this center will process undecided applicants in Arizona, California (Southern), Nevada, New Mexico & Utah.
1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Accepts applications from individuals nationwide interested in establishing themselves in and contributing to the future of New York City.
42 Broadway, Suite 1827-35
New York, NY 10004
Accepts applications from individuals nationwide. If unsure of your desired Coro location, this center will process undecided applicants in Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia & West Virginia.
33 Terminal Way, Suite 429-A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Accepts applications from individuals nationwide. If unsure of your desired Coro location, this center will process undecided applicants in Alaska, California (Northern), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington & Wyoming.
233 Sansome Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Accepts applications from individuals nationwide. If unsure of your desired Coro location, this center will process undecided applicants in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas & Wisconsin.
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
FOCUS St. Louis
815 Olive Street, Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63101
- Complete a brief Interest Form that provides Coro with basic contact information.
- Fill out a full online application by the January 17, 2018. The online Application requires:
- background and contact information
- essays (3) plus a supplemental essay for New York applicants
- letters of recommendation (2)
- transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
“Graduate school was a great experience for me but it pales in comparison to the value of the Coro Fellows program.”