National Organization of Portuguese-Americans-NOPA launches Portuguese American Fellowship Program



    In line with its mission to empower the Portuguese American community, NOPA (National Organization of Portuguese-Americans) has developed the first ever Portuguese American Fellowship Program for highly motivated individuals. The program is for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree or are graduate students in a relevant field with one to two years of experience (internship experience considered). This non-paid (unless funded by a grant) one-year fellowship program seeks to enhance participants’ leadership abilities, strengthen professional and research skills and ultimately produce more competitive and talented Portuguese-American professionals in key public policy issue areas. The fellows’ work experience will serve to impact the Portuguese American community and be enhanced by discussion sessions with national leaders who will serve as mentors.

    Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Fellowship

    The purpose of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Fellowship is to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders through the exploration of best practices and opportunities for cross-sector learning, mentorship, and collaboration. The program provides unique learning opportunities for talented emerging leaders who are in the early phases of their careers (less than 10 years of experience).

    Government Relations Fellowship

    The Government Relations Fellowship is designed to provide high-potential individuals with the opportunity to further develop their leadership style and policy and analytical skills, and to gain exposure in every aspect of state policy, federal policy, legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, policy research, and policy implementation.


    Journalism Fellowship

    The Journalism Fellowship is for candidates who have innovative ideas to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Because of the ongoing financial challenges to sustain quality journalism, NOPA is particularly interested in ideas on how to connect Portuguese-Americans with news and advertising more efficiently, to grow revenues, to engage communities or to ensure that the industry is taking full advantage of new and emerging technologies.

    Social Science Research Fellowship

    This fellowship is for junior researchers, including graduate students, scientists, investigators, assistant professors, faculty fellows, post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral students to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences: specifically, in the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, political science, and other disciplines.

    Key dates are as follows:

    June 16: First day applications accepted

    July 15: Final deadline for all application materials

    July 21: Finalists for Fellowship notified

    July 22-31: Finalists interview via phone and Fellows are selected

    September 2: Class of Fellows begins its first rotation

    To apply for the Portuguese American Fellowship Program, submit a cover letter explaining interest in the program and focus area of choice along with a CV/resume to

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