- When do the fellowships begin and end?
Fellowships are announced on a rolling basis throughout the year. Each year-long fellowship will specify its expected beginning and end dates.
- When do you begin accepting applications?
General applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are asked to submit only one application in order to be considered for all currently available or future projects. All candidates will receive an e-mail acknowledgement that their fellowship application has been successfully received and is under review. If FUSE identifies an alignment between your experience and interests and the goals of the fellowship program, you will be contacted by a recruiter to begin a conversation.
- How long does it take to fill out the application?
The application has been designed to take less than 15 minutes to complete. In addition to answering other common application questions, you will be asked to upload your current resume and indicate your professional interests and geographic preferences.
- Can I work on the fellowship part-time?
No. This year of service represents a full-time, year-long commitment to the work of the fellowship project as a singular professional priority for the entirety of the engagement. Additionally, fellows must either live within a commutable distance to the host city, county, or state of the placement, or be willing to relocate temporarily, if selected, as projects will likely require daily on-the-ground and in-person interaction with the host agency. To date, about one-third of our fellows have accepted fellowships in states, cities, or counties where they do not currently reside. FUSE does not provide relocation benefits to candidates who are interested in moving for a specific project. Depending on the host government agency and project, there may be some flexibility around how often fellows need to be in the office and their day-to-day schedule.
- How long is the interview process?
The interview process can take from two to 12 weeks, depending on when you apply and the fellowship start date. After reviewing applications, FUSE Corps schedules 30-minute phone interviews with candidates to assess the technical skills needed for the project. Those initial conversations are also the appropriate time to discuss other projects that interest you and for which you would like to be considered.
Selected applicants are moved forward to a video interview, which lasts about 45 minutes and is conducted by a former FUSE fellow who is closely engaged with our recruiting efforts.
Applicants further advancing in the selection process will be asked to submit a short (500 word) Statement of Intent describing how they would contribute to the government agency in which they would be assigned and the community being served by the project. Three professional references will also be requested. Materials submitted by finalists may be provided to the government agency.
Finally, two to four finalists are selected to interview with the stakeholders from the agency hosting the project. These interviews are held by video and are typically held at least three weeks prior to the start of the fellowship. From there, the cities, counties, and states select the fellow who they believe will be the most successful with their particular project. Selected fellows will also need to complete the agency’s required background screens. Finalists who are not selected for a FUSE fellowship are encouraged to consider opportunities for future FUSE fellowships.
- How often do fellows interact with their cohort?
Fellows have ample opportunity to interact with each other through a variety of avenues:
- Orientation: Early in their fellowship, fellows participate in a multi-day orientation. During the orientation, fellows will be provided with an overview of the resources available to them during their fellowship year. Fellows will also meet a number of program alumni.
- Slack Channel: Fellows are provided a dedicated Slack channel, an online messaging platform for groups, which they can use to stay in contact.
- Newsletters: Fellows receive regular newsletters to keep them apprised of each others’ accomplishments and program updates.
- Mid-Year Retreat: Fellows reconvene around the midpoint of their fellowship year, providing a chance to reconnect and lean on each other for solutions to obstacles they may be facing going into the second half of the fellowship.
- Alumni Interactions: We do our best to connect current fellows to alumni with similar agency or sector project experience to expand their network of support.
- Can I be considered for more than one opportunity?
Unlike a conventional talent acquisition process, the FUSE process evaluates your skill sets against all available projects. Our team considers candidates for all listed projects based on their skills and expertise. Candidates need only apply to one project to be considered for all available fellowships. Candidates contacted for an interview are asked to inform the FUSE recruiter if they are open to being considered for other fellowship opportunities as well.