National deadline: January 22, 2016 (tentatively)  

Eligibility requirements:

  • Senior
  • Alumni  
  • International students eligible
  • What qualities is Coro looking for in candidates?  Coro is looking for people who have demonstrated some leadership either academically, or within a community and have an interest in public affairs. In addition, Coro is looking for the following qualities: ability to work within a diverse group, commitment to public service,flexibility and intellectual curiosity.
  • What is a typical Coro Fellow?  A Coro Fellow is idealistic and realistic, and sees himself/herself as a potential agent for change.  He or she is flexible, willing to take risks and can handle opposition.  A Coro Fellow is committed to improving the democratic process.

Award summary and conditions:  The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Coro introduces program participants to all aspects of the public affairs arena, preparing them to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond. Coro Fellows learn to see the big picture - the community as a whole - and appreciate the varying perspectives that characterize our cities, states, and nation. Through field placements, group interviews, seminars, focus weeks, individual and group projects, they develop strategies for consensus-building and vast personal and professional networks

Sixty-eight Fellows are chosen nationally each year through a highly competitive selection process, including a day-long assessment at each center’s city. The Fellows represent a broad range of academic, work, cultural, racial and economic backgrounds, ages and interests. What they share is an unwavering commitment to civic engagement. Recent participants have ranged from 21 to 53 years of age.

Application process:  The application process begins with a pre-application form available at:

Online application materials:

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume, submitted electronically as part of the online application (no more than two pages)
  • Three written essays, submitted electronically as part of the online application

Hard copy application materials to be mailed in:

  • Three letters of recommendation (reference forms on pages 3-5)
  • Official academic transcripts for all higher education institutions attended
  • $75 non-refundable application fee (check or money order made out to Coro)
  • Signed Declaration on Applying

 ** All application materials must be submitted to the Coro Center nearest to your current address. If you are a student, you must apply to the center nearest your institution.  See listings below.

Faculty Representative:  Keith Raether
National committee interview
: Yes            

Selection process and announcement dates:  Candidates are notified in February if they are selected as finalists to participate in a daylong assessment that takes place in March or April, 2015. Finalists attend the assessment day at the Center that reviewed their application.

Fellows classes are selected from among the finalists based on numerous factors, including: skills and abilities of the individual; diversity of experiences and perspectives among class members; ability of Fellows to learn from and work with each other; regional leadership needs; and others. Invitations to successful candidates to join the Coro Fellows Program will be extended in April, 2015.

Contact information:
Coro Southern California Center
Accepts applications from individuals in Arizona, California (Southern), Nevada, New Mexico & Utah.
1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4295
Tu-Han Phan

Coro New York Leadership Center
Accepts applications from individuals nationwide interested in establishing themselves in and contributing to the future of New York City.
212-248-2935, x303
42 Broadway, Suite 1827-35
New York, NY 10004
Thomas Steele

Coro Center for Civic Leadership - Pittsburgh
Accepts applications from individuals in Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia.& West Virginia.
33 Terminal Way, Suite 429-A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Coro Center for Civic Leadership-San Francisco
Accepts applications from individuals in Alaska, California (Northern), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington & Wyoming.
415-986-0521 x103
601 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111

Coro Leadership Center-St. Louis
Accepts applications from individuals in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas & Wisconsin.
FOCUS St. Louis
815 Olive Street, Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63101
Meghan Baldelli