The application for the 2018-2019 SSLD Fellowship is now live and will close on January 13, 2019. To apply to SSLD, please visit our application site Fluidreview. 

Thank you for your interest in the NYU SSLD Fellowship. Below you will find information about the application site, eligibility, deadlines, notification, mateirals, and essay questions. Please review all this information before beginning your application. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Clicking on the highlighted text above will redirect you to our application site, FluidReview. To begin your application, please complete the following steps:

  • Create an account by clicking the "sign up" button in the lower right corner
  • Once you've registered, you will receive a confirmation email
  • From the email, you will be redirected back to the site. Click on view programs, select SSLD Fellowship, and begin your application!

ELIGIBILITY: The NYU SSLD Fellowship serves graduate students of color. Applicants must be enrolled in any graduate level degree program at NYU and currently taking classes towards the completion of that degree. Students who enroll in a graduate level degree program in the spring semester are eligible to apply provided they satisfy all other requirements.

Applicants must be in and maintain good academic standing throughout the fellowship. Eligible applicants should expect to graduate in or after May 2020.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All applications are due by 11:59pm on January 13th, 2019. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be reviewed.

STATUS NOTIFICATION: We will notify applicants of acceptance by January 28th, 2019. Applicants should be mindful to check their NYU emails regularly during winter break.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: In addition to answering questions about their academic, extracurricular, and professional experience, applicants are required to upload their resume and written responses to 5 short essays.

Uploaded documents should be submitted in PDF format with the following convention - “Lastname.Firstname.Resume.pdf” or “Lastname.Firstname.Shortanswer.pdf”.


Short Answer 1 (250 words): One of the defining features of SSLD is strong, supportive community of students of color. This requires openness and vulnerability from fellows to share their stories and identities with one another. Tell us a story of how your identity as a person of color has informed the way you navigate the world.

Short Answer 2 (250 words): Social Sector leaders must be knowledgeable about and clearly articulate the change they wish to see in the world. Tell us what issues, populations, problems, or questions drive your desire to be a social sector leader and why.

Short Answer 3 (250 words): Having clarity about your academic and career goals allows you to make more informed decisions about your direction and development. What are your career goals? How will your studies advance those goals?

Short Answer 4 (250 words): Effective social sector leaders are unafraid to take action on issues they are connected to. Describe a time when you took initiative on an issue that you are passionate about.

Short Answer 5 (250 words): Research indicates that effective social sector leaders have diverse networks that they rely upon to enact change. Tell us about a community within your network that matters to you and how you have contributed to it.

Short Answer 6 (250 words): High-achieving leaders develop a lifelong practice of self-reflection, goal-setting, and consistent growth. What’s most challenging about leadership for you? How do you hope to develop your capacity to lead through the SSLD Fellowship?