IGNITE Fellows are changing the face of leadership in their communities, and ultimately, across the United States. 

A premier fellowship program for civically engaged young women who are on the path to become the next generation of political leaders. Every year IGNITE recruits a new cohort of diverse and passionate women in communities across the United States and provides them with resources, training and networks to launch political careers. These young women serve as ambassadors for IGNITE’s mission and vision and play a valuable role in our efforts to spread a national message that it is time for young women to step into political power.

Each Fellow:

  • Launches a regional college council for 20-30 politically ambitious young women from a group of local college campuses. Each College Council meets for bi-monthly weekend retreats to develop political leadership skills, learn in-depth information around a specific policy area, and receive mentorship from several elected women.
  • Works with the College Council members to start and sustain IGNITE College Chapters on their home campuses, thereby reaching many more politically active young women. Chapters build political and civic engagement among students and organize activities like voter registration drives, policy workshops, and meetings with elected women and candidates. Chapters members have the opportunity to target their organizing efforts to the specific needs of their campus.
  • Organizes regional IGNITE events for an even broader audience of young women and community stakeholders to expand IGNITE’s program reach and audience.

IGNITE is currently recruiting for a Fellow in Memphis, TN.

The fellowship launches early fall and ends the following summer, with the option to re-apply for a second year. 

How to apply

To apply to become an IGNITE Fellow, please complete the application by 11:59 pm PST on September 7, 2018.

Who are we looking for?

IGNITE is looking for Fellows from across the political spectrum who are deeply motivated, take initiative, have organizing experience on college campuses and have a track record of building new initiatives. We are specifically looking for young women who have a history of serving their communities through volunteer activities, internships, public office, or other civic engagement activities. Strong candidates will demonstrate experience in civic engagement and political leadership with a deep commitment to advancing equal rights for women.

To learn more about the Fellowship, please read the Fellows Program Description.

Application Timeline

September 7, 2018:  Fellowship Applications must be completed by 11:59 pm PST.

September 10 - 16, 2018: Cohort travels for Fellowship Retreat to San Francisco Bay Area

2018-2019 Fellowship dates: August 15, 2018- July 12, 2019.

Generous Fellowship Stipend

IGNITE Fellows will be compensated with a $10,000 stipend with the successful demonstration of monthly benchmarks and engagement in IGNITE National meetings and training.

For more information or questions, please contact our Chief Program Officer, Sara Guillermo (sara@ignitenational.org).

2018-2019 Fellows to be announced in September

Fellowship Cohort II: 2017-2018

Left to right, top to bottom: Zunera Ahmed, New York Fellow; Kirsten Jackson, Atlanta Fellow; Nadya Okamoto, Boston Fellow; Geovanie (Geo) Ordonez, San Antonio, Fellow; Dalila Valdez Renteria, Southern California Fellow; Zeenat Yahya, Seattle Fellow; Elizabeth Zalanga, Minneapolis Fellow. Read the bios of our former fellows.

Fellowship Cohort I: 2016-2017


Left to right: Jade Goins, Atlanta Fellow; Kayla Farhang, Minneaplois Fellow; Monica Sibri, New York Fellow; and Tiffaney Boyd, Southern California Fellow. Read the bios of our former fellows.