Turn deep knowledge into something new

Who You Are

You have a strong perspective on the issues and opportunities faced by older adults in New York City. Maybe you’ve devoted your career to working with the elderly, or you’ve studied the social or health issues common among low income older adults. Maybe you’re a caregiver yourself, helping your family members navigate the complex web of benefits and programs. Either way, you’re exited to communicate the nuance and complexity involved in the aging process with the other fellows. You will champion curiosity, but also serve as a reality check.

Your Skills

  • Expertise comes in many forms: academic, frontline service, personal experience, policy or advocacy. Caring for older adults can be complex and no one knows this as well as you do.
  • You’ve seen a number of different attempts to address the specific needs of older adults. You understand why they have succeeded or failed and have a perspective on what makes a tool work well in this context
  • Key to the expert role is communication and the ability to teach: for many fellows in your cohort, this experience will be their first in-depth exposure to this topic. Your knowledge will be most valuable when it’s shared
  • You enjoy working on teams of people with different backgrounds and skills set
  • You are unafraid to shake it up! You want to use your expertise to try new things and challenge the status quo

The Task

You’ll participate in our empathy and immersion program, meeting and spending time with folks from our Design Insight Group. Using the insights from this research, you’ll join our cohort of fellows to quickly brainstorm, prototype, and evaluate ideas. Integral to the whole process is an understanding of what has been tried before and why these attempts have or haven’t been successful.

At the end of the Research Phase, you’ll team up with a few colleagues and settle on an idea. Over the next 80 days, you’ll rapidly develop a basic prototype to test with potential users, iterating based on the feedback you hear. As the expert on your team, you’ll help to guide this process, using your knowledge, network, and curiosity to ask smart questions and make sure low-income litigants stay at the fore of your team’s efforts.

How To Apply?

Applications have been closed for the 2017 fellowship.

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Applications have been closed for the 2017 fellowship.

2017 Key Dates

  • Applications open: 1/27/17 at 9:00am EST
  • Open House: 2/16/16 at 6pm EST.
  • Weekly Info Sessions:Every Thursday in February at 1pm EST
  • Applications close: 3/6/17 at 11:59pm EST
  • Finalist workshops: 4/1/17 or 4/9/17
  • Fellows Accepted: 4/15/17
  • Fellowship Start: Early June
  • Research Phase Ends: End of July
  • Build Sprint Ends: Mid October

Support includes:

  • Co-working space in downtown Brooklyn
  • Access to a pool of 200+ community members who can shed light on problem areas and provide feedback and validation
  • Connections to front-line organizations
  • Access to a strong network of talented mentors, social innovation funders, and our alumni
  • Free and discounted access to a number of services and products to help you get things done
  • An honorarium to pay your rent and bills
  • The opportunity to work on important issues with some of the best in the business

More Questions

For more information on the Fellowship or the application process, please see our FAQ or attend one of our weekly webinars.

You can also watch a recorded webinar.

Additionally, we'll be hosting an Open House on February 16th.