Update: applications for the Encore Public Voices Fellowship are now closed.


We can fight injustice with words.

Today, more than ever, we need better and faster ideas from a more diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds on urgent issues at the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. We especially need these ideas from those who are most affected by the uneven implications of these realities and most likely to see new solutions and envision a more just future. 

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship, part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices initiative to change who writes history, is designed to meet that need. 

Applications are now open for 20 new fellows who seek solutions — and whose voices are desperately needed.

Now in its third year, the fellowship is a collaboration among:

  • The OpEd Project (OEP), a think tank and leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and public impact of underrepresented voices, including women of all backgrounds
  • Encore.org, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging generational divides
  • Ann MacDougall (Senior Advisor, Encore.org). 

With support, skills and mentoring, the first two fellowship cohorts have shaped the public dialogue on topics including how to close the race gap in health and longevity, how to change cultural perceptions of aging, and how to unite generations to fight climate change. 

Collectively they published more than 100 op-eds and have been interviewed for scores of articles and podcasts. And their words have made an impact. Take a quick look at what the first 41 fellows have accomplished here

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Published: June 10, 2020

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