Call for 2024 Research and Policy Leadership Fellows

UPDATE: We have extended the deadline. Applications are now at 11:59 EST on February 18, 2024.

Esperanza United’s Research and Policy Latin@ Leadership Fellowship provides training, professional development, and networking opportunities for Latina women pursuing research and policy advocacy careers. The purpose of this fellowship is to promote Latin@ leadership and scholarship at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of gender-based violence. We will select a total of 10 policy and research fellows to participate as a cohort in this fellowship.

As a culturally specific, Latin@ organization, Esperanza United has the goal to uplift Latinas’ professional lives by providing access to more opportunities. By creating a space where they can receive first-hand experience, develop skills, and make connections, we are building a more equitable standing ground for Latinas as they kick-start their careers in public policy, research, and leadership.

What will the Esperanza United Latina Leadership Fellowship offer you? 

  • A stipend
  • Mentoring by professional leaders
  • Activities to enhance the understanding of gender-based violence 
  • The opportunity to develop and present your work related to gender-based violence
  • A cohort of other Latinas 

When and where is the fellowship offered?

Fellowship meetings and training will be virtual, with a final in-person convening tentatively scheduled for the beginning of August 2024.


The fellowship will start in mid-May and end in August. 

Specifically, fellows will begin orientation sessions in May, engage in self-guided readings and training, and will finalize their projects by mid-August.


Fellows will receive a stipend of  $8,000. Esperanza United will distribute the stipend monthly from May to August. We will also cover expenses related to the in-person convening. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Latin@ students enrolled as rising juniors, seniors, or in graduate programs
  • Individuals authorized to work in the United States are eligible to apply
  • Individuals who speak Spanish, Portuguese, and/or any other Latin@ Indigenous language are encouraged to apply
  • Individuals who have previously participated in this fellowship are not eligible to apply

The commitment

Fellows must:

  • Commit to working 25 hours per week from mid-May to mid-August. 
  • Have availability to travel in August 2024.
  • Have an interest in public policy advocacy and/or research with the Latin@ community.
  • Have an interest in learning about the multifaceted global issue of gender-based violence.

Application materials 

You will need to submit the following through our online application. Please note that the application is to be submitted as a whole, and you are not able to return once you have started. 

UPDATED: Everything must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm EST on  February 18, 2024. 

  • Resume or CV, including contact information for two references (Name, position, nature of relationship, phone number, and email)
  • Essay prompts:
    • Please discuss your interest in and connection to the Latino community, gender-based violence (domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and other relevant crimes), and how this fellowship can help you in your career goals. How does your culture play a role in your career goals? (500-word limit)
    • This fellowship requires a commitment of 25 hours per week and will run from mid-May to mid-August 2024. The fellowship will end with an in-person gathering in mid-August. Are there any challenges, barriers, or other issues that may interfere with your full participation in this fellowship? If yes, please explain in 200 words or less. 

Info sessions

Esperanza United’s Research and Policy team will be answering questions about the fellowship and application process. Please note, these sessions will not be recorded. 

Tuesday, January 30 at 3–4 pm E.T.

Friday, February 2 at 12–1 pm E.T.


If your application moves forward, you will be invited to an interview in March. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status in April. 

For any questions regarding this fellowship, please contact our team at