Before you apply, please sign up to learn more by completing our interest form.

Applications for 2021-2022 are Open!

  1. Complete a brief Interest Form that provides Coro with basic contact information.
  2. Fill out a full online application by the January 6, 2021. The online Application requires:
  • background and contact information
  • resume
  • essays (3)
  • letters of recommendation (2)
  • transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)

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 6, 2021 Application deadline
Early Feb. 2021 Selection Day finalists notified
March 2021 Selection Days in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.
April 2021 Final selection notifications
Aug./Sept. 2021 Coro Fellows Program begins
May/June 2022 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

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)


The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs will be offered in four cities in 2020-21: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.  The fifth Center, St. Louis, is not recruiting for the 2021-22 cycle.



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, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.


Callie Spaide
(213) 267-6497
1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA 90012



Accepts applications from individuals nationwide. This center will be the point of contact for interested candidates from New Jersey and Connecticut who are undecided about their center location preference.


Eddie Shiomi
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, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky.


Christian Moore
26 South 27th St
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, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.


Jeanette Freiberg
(415) 986-0521 x700
233 Sansome Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94104



“Graduate school was a great experience for me but it pales in comparison to the value of the Coro Fellows program.”