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The Obama Foundation Fellowship

The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.

The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.

Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.

Applications for the 2017 Obama Foundation Fellowship cycle are now closed. The Fellowship team will notify all applicants of their status in early 2018.

A new class of Obama Foundation Fellows will be selected each year. If you’re interested in the Fellowship, we invite you to apply when we reopen applications in fall 2018.

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Garfield Park Conservatory Artist in Residence Program Fall 2017

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is pleased to introduce the Fall 2017 Artist in Residence program, funded by the Albert Pick Jr Fund. The program invites one Chicago-based artist to adopt the 14 acres of public indoor and outdoor gardens and private propagation greenhouses as a site for investigation, research and inspiration for new works. Artists of any medium whose practices are established within the realm of nature, science and/or conservation are invited to apply. The program provides a rare opportunity for an artist to enrich their practice through hands-on investigation of raw plant materials, growing practices and access to horticulturists and naturalists; and provides the artist with a public platform for sharing their work. Through a series of public presentations and a Spring 2018 exhibit, the artist’s work will provide a new perspective through which the public may connect to the Garfield Park Conservatory's collection and programs.  Visit the link below for more information about the program and submission guidelines.

Diversity Campus Experience

The Graduate Diversity Campus Experience (DiCE) is currently accepting applications from prospective students, from underrepresented groups, who are interested in graduate or professional education. DiCE fellows will engage in various workshops and events that will enhance their graduate application materials to make them stronger candidates for their program of interest. Deadline July 12, 2017 11:59 pm CST.  More information.