The Pauli Murray Fellowship: Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders

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The Pauli Murray Fellowship: Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders

Part of the ACLU’s broader Systemic Equality Campaign, the Pauli Murray Fellowship is one avenue through which the ACLU is committing to addressing the legacy of systemic racism and inequality in America by investing in and cultivating leadership pathways for aspiring nonprofit professionals.

Last updated on March 5, 2024

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About the Fellowship

Key Features of the Pauli Murray Fellowship include:

Selection Timeline

All applications are due on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

Interviews: March & April 2024

Final Selection: End of April 2024

Who Should Apply?

Individuals making their entry into the nonprofit sector full-time, overcoming systemic barriers to achievement, are encouraged to apply—especially those with a fresh perspective and a commitment to our mission.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will engage in a consistent and holistic review process, with attention to applicants with:

  • A demonstrated commitment to sustained leadership and service.
  • A demonstrated resilience in the face of systemic barriers.
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
  • No prior connection to the ACLU (via past internships, fellowships, other connections) a plus

How to Apply

Access the application form and detailed instructions here. You will be asked to submit:

  • Resume
  • Responses to two essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ page or email

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