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The Public Voices Fellowship program is a prestigious national initiative launched by The OpEd Project to change who writes history. It has been piloted at top universities across the country, with the goal of enabling a more diverse set of thinkers to contribute to important public discourse. The fellowship offers an unprecedented opportunity for mid-career and senior faculty members and administrators to receive training, engage with a prestigious network of journalists, and be part of a professional development cohort centering around public impact and media communications.
This fellowship is especially timely given the current dialogue on gender, racial, economic and other forms of inequities within our social institutions, and the low representation of women and other underrepresented minorities in the science, engineering and medical professions.
Fellows are assigned to work with veteran journalist mentors for dedicated one-on-one coaching throughout the first three months. In addition, fellows have periodic opportunities to join calls with public thinkers and expert journalists, and receive weekly customized email support and news alerts. Upon completion of the three-month fellowship, they have access for another three months to a powerful network of peers, as well as to The OpEd Project's national network of high-level journalist mentors.
Using time tested methods of transformational learning, fellows explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space. This program will engage selected fellows in intense, results-oriented thinking and activities around their own knowledge and impact. It will provide the inside information, high-level support and media connections to become influential on a large scale. Other participating institutions include Yale, Dartmouth, Northwestern, The Ford Foundation, and more.
Fellows are required to participate in four convenings scheduled during the cohort’s assigned term. These meetings are designed around the following themes: Knowledge, Connection, Contagion, Legacy.
To learn more about these themes, the overall methodology and goals of the program, visit the Public Voices Fellowship page.
The fellowship has a track record of stunning results, generating personal, professional, and public outcomes with far-reaching implications. Fellows have published op-eds in high-impact venues, and gone on to publish history-changing books. They have briefed Congress, advised the White House, launched new research studies and centers, and sparked national and international debate. They have written books, collaborated on research grants, and driven policy change. The resulting impact of their ideas entering public consciousness has been expansive and is hard to overstate. Read example works from OSU fellows in our archive.
Fellows will participate in four convenings scheduled during the cohort's assigned term. Each convening will be designed around one of the following themes: Knowledge, Connection, Contagion, and Legacy.
Please check back as dates are scheduled for the next cohort.
All academic faculty are eligible to participate in this program with the approval of their supervisor. Administrators and professional faculty with a track record of scholarship or recognition in their area of expertise (e.g. through publication, invited presentations, etc.) are also eligible to apply. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, including women. Because diversity in the cohort leads to a more dynamic cohort, we will be considering various forms of diversity in our selection process, including diversity of area of expertise.
The cost per fellow is $3,250 for participation in the program. OSU's Office of Faculty Affairs will provide a 50% match thus reducing the unit or faculty cost to $1,625 per fellow.