Project 55 Fellowship Application

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The Project 55 Fellowship application calendar adheres to the following dual round schedule:

1st Round deadline: Dec 2nd, 2022

Applicants that apply for the First round are eligible for referrals from first round partner organizations. Should they receive no offers then they are eligible for referrals from second round partner organizations.

January 2023: Candidates interview with Princeton AlumniCorps team and volunteers. Candidates will submit their organization preferences.

February 2023: Candidates receive referral status update from Program Manager. If referrals are made, candidate will interview with each referred partner organizations and submit pre-interview responses.

March 10th, 2023: Program Manager shares offer decision status with candidates. Offers may come in sooner on a rolling basis, depending on the organization. 

March 17th, 2023: Candidates offer decisions are due and will be shared with Partners. Once offers are accepted, Fellow and Partnership agreement forms must be completed.

May 19th, 2023: Fellowship Orientation. Fellows may start at their organizations between June and September 2023.

2nd Round deadline: Jan 27th, 2023

Applicants that apply for the second round are only eligible for referrals from second round partner organizations. Should they receive no offers, then their candidacy for the cycle ends.

February 2023: Candidates interview with Princeton AlumniCorps team and volunteers. Candidates will submit their organization preferences.

March 2023: Candidates receive referral status update from Program Manager. If referrals are made, candidate will interview with each referred partner organizations and submit pre-interview responses.

April 10th, 2023: Program Manager shares offer decision status with candidates. Offers may come in sooner on a rolling basis, depending on the organization. 

April 17th, 2023: Candidates offer decisions are due and will be shared with Partners. Once offers are accepted, Fellow and Partnership agreement forms must be completed.

May 19th, 2023: Fellowship Orientation. Fellows may start at their organizations between June and September 2023.
Application Process

1. Interested candiates attend or review information sessions, available on the website. Candidates can also schedule a virtual chat with Soraia (Program Manger), to discuss if the Fellowship program is a good fit! 

2. Applicants submit materials by respective deadlines. AlumniCorps team reviews applications and then extends invitations to interview. Any candidate invited to interview will receive a guide with detailed instructions and interview questions to prepare. 

3. The AlumniCorps team hosts first round interviews with candidates. Candidates will have a set date to share their preferences, which will not guarantee referrals (but will be taken into consideration).  The team will deliberate referrals for each round.

5. Candidates are notified of partner organization referrals, and will be contacted by the Partner Organization to schedule an interview (or series of interviews). Candidates interview with all their referred partner organizations.

6. Partners liaise with Program Manager about offer decisions. Program Manager shared offers (can be on a rolling basis depending on the organization). Candidates will have until the decision deadline to accept or decline any offer. Extensions will not be offered, so if you are considering other opportunities (ex: Fulbright), be prepared to make the decision that is best for you by the round deadline!

7. If a Fellow accepts an offer, both the Fellow and Partner will be required to complete agreement forms prior to the Fellow onboarding at the organization. The Program Manager will follow up with the necessary forms.
Applications due on December 2nd, 2022 for the First Round!
To view information on the application process and timeline, please visit out Project 55 Applicant page here: https://princeton-alumnicorps.webflow.io/project-55/applicants.

The Project 55 Fellowship application consists of the following sections and should take between 1 - 1.5 hours to complete:
  • Section One: Applicant Contact Information, Accessibility Information and Personal Background
  • Section Two: Applicant Skills and Fellowship Preferences, Logistic Information
  • Section Three: Applicant Essays (there are 2)
  • Section Four: Supporting Materials with external links (please make sure you leave yourself enough time to compile all your needed materials)
We encourage you to bookmark the email you will receive once you enter your email and hit save at the bottom of this page. This will give you a link to edit your application as needed.

If you have any questions about the application or process, please contact Soraia Francisco (they/them), Program Manager, at sfrancisco@alumnicorps.org

Section One

Applicant Contact Information

Why am I making one? This will help our team and volunteers honor each applicant's name. Should the applicant become a Fellow, the name badge is saved for reference.

This can include your chosen name or a nickname


why ask this? we want to address our applicants and discuss their materials respectfully






Applicant Accessibility Information and Personal Background
Graphic that represents the wheel of privilege and power
Image Description can be found at this link: Wheel of Privilege and Power.

As we continue to work towards justice and equity, we recognize that people's identities and positionality are complex. We also know that people from the most system-impacted identities and people living at the intersection of those identities have been intentionally excluded from many opportunities, resources, and spaces for financial stability, professional growth, and support.

In the past, AlumniCorps collected data concerning applicants' race and gender, evolving from a list of demographic options to open ended self-identifiers. We are shifting the way we collect this type of data, while also balancing the management of that data for more accurate program evaluation. Here's a resource: MORE THAN NUMBERS: A Guide Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Data Collection (click here to read)

By asking for personal background information, we hope to get a better understanding of our applicant's backgrounds, which will support our team in continuing to create a more equitable match processes with partners. This personal background information will also help our team in starting the conversation with our Fellow's on what their needs are, and how we as an organization can better support them throughout the Program (accommodations, speakers and workshop facilitators from similar backgrounds and experiences, resource-sharing, etc). 

Some Examples of Personal Background Information:

  • Ability: disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, neurotypical, able-bodied, etc.
  • Citizenship and Language: refugee, immigrant, second generation immigrant, learned english, english as first language, etc.
    • Gender: transgender woman, intersex, nonbinary, agender, cisgender man, etc.
    • Education: first generation college graduate, parents have college degrees, etc.
    • Income: self-supporting student, working class or low income, middle class, etc.
    • Race and Ethnicity: African American, Black, Haitian, Navajo Nation, Indigenous, Latine, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Samoan, North African, Lebanese, Asian, Filipino, Irish, white, etc.
    • Religion: Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Quaker, catholic, christian, etc.
    • Sexuality: asexual, bisexual, lesbian, gay, heterosexual, etc. 

    You application will be reviewed by the AlumniCorps team and this information will remain confidential. Should you reach the referral stage, this application will be shared with each referred partner organization, but it will only be sections 2-4. On the next page you will have the opportunity to share out any lived experiences you would like to share with potential partner organizations.

    If you have any feedback or questions for our team around this data collection, please reach out to our Program Manager. The below questions are optional, and you can share what you are comfortable with!

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    Section Two

    Applicant Skills and Fellowship Preferences







    Professional fluency indicates that you can listen, read, write and speak comfortably while discussing complex community concerns (having a broad vocabulary that expands beyond isolated words and phrases).



    Logistics



    Section Three

    Essay Questions
    The following short essay questions allow us to understand you better as an applicant. Please take the time for thoughtful, complete, and concise answers to the questions. There is a maximum of 500 words per essay but it is not necessary to get to 500 words. Answering the questions in a concise way is more important than reaching the word count max. In the below essays, do not speak to a placement with a partner organization, as you will have the opportunity to showcase your interest in specific organizations during interviews.
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    Section Four

    Supporting Materials

    If a candidate is referred to one of our Partner Organizations, then their application and select supporting materials, will be shared with respective partner. The following supporting materials will be shared:

    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    Candidates may receive feedback during the interview about their resume.
    After interviews with the AlumniCorps team and volunteers, the candidate will have a short window to resubmit their resume prior to the referral process.
    Letter of Recommendation
    Recommender Portal: https://www.tfaforms.com/4913965 The Project 55 Fellowship requires one letter of recommendation. Please refer your recommender to the above link, as they should upload the letter directly. You should give your recommender several weeks' notice when requesting a letter!
    File Uploads
    Please upload your resume in a PDF FORMAT ONLY below. Please name the file using your name like so: "Full name_Resume" for our records. Make sure your best email address and phone number is included! A pdf helps formatting across multiple readers. You can export your word document into a pdf or use https://www.ilovepdf.com/ to convert documents.

    Please upload your UNOFFICIAL transcript below. Please name the file using your name like so: "Full name_Transcript" for our records. Unofficial transcripts include the GPA. While we don't believe a number can reflect any student's worth, some partner organizations requiring specific scientific or technical skills may inquire about coursework performance.

    Please upload a recent photo of your face below. Please name the file using your name like so: "Full name_photo" for our records. These photos are not shared with our partners. This is just an internal reference point for us as we interview a large amount of candidates. It's helpful for our team to review our notes and match names to faces during the post-interview review process!

    $50 Application Fee or Waiver
    Application Fee Portal - igfn.us/form/bssimw
    As a reminder, your application is not complete until you have paid the application fee, so save this link if you plan on submitting your application first! We offer fee waivers for applicants that would incur financial hardship paying the $50 application fee. There is no minimal qualifications for the fee waiver. Please use your judgement - if the fee is not accessible, then check the box. There is no need for confirmation from staff or any further follow up. 

    BEFORE YOUR FINAL SUBMISSION (Checklist):

    1. Please make sure you have communicated with your recommender and shared the recommender portal link.  
    2. Please make sure you have paid the application fee (unless you have requested the waiver). 
    3. Please proofread your information and responses. Once the application is submitted, you will not be able to access your form or the supplemental links again.


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