William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship: Encouraging Tomorrow’s Diverse Nonprofit Leaders


The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI either remotely or in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation seeks to inform and maximize the impact of grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and public-private partnerships through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad.


Activities: In his/her/their internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. Please note this is a working fellowship, not a fellowship to support independent research.

Requirements: Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students. Candidates must be enrolled at an institution of higher education for the semester for which they will be applying. Summer candidates must show proof of enrollment for the upcoming fall semester. Each candidate should have an excellent academic record and address the following factors in the cover letter accompanying their application:

  1. Demonstrated interest or experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and the social sector;
  2. Excellent research and writing skills;
  3. Demonstrated financial need; 
  4. How you would bring your diverse perspectives and experiences to the fellowship; and
  5. Must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States. If hired, a Form 1-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, must be completed at the start of employment.

To apply, you will need to submit a current resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendations OR reference from a professor or supervisor (past or present), which can be included with your application or sent separately. 

Fall and Winter/Spring fellows will work 15-20 hours per week and Summer fellows will be approximately 25 hours per week. As noted above, fellows may work remotely or in-person in the Aspen Institute’s Washington, DC office (travel and housing costs are not included).

Fellowship Compensation: Fellows will be compensated on an hourly basis.

2024 Application Deadline and Notification Dates:

  • Fellowship Availability: Summer or Fall 2024
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Award Notification: TBD