Fellowship FAQ

How it Works

The Code for America fellowship is an 11-month program where developers, designers, UX/UI researchers and project managers work alongside city staff to produce open-source apps and improve the citizen experience. In addition to your training and mentorship, you’ll receive a stipend of $35,000 USD, a professional development budget, travel expenses and health care benefits.

Where You’ll Be

You’ll work at the Code for America HQ in downtown San Francisco for the bulk of your training and travel to your host city in February to interview community stakeholders, collaborate with city staff and test your applications. You’ll return to your partner city frequently for needs assessment, research and stakeholder input.

Program Timing

July 31 Application Deadline, Fellows Shortlisted
August Fellows Selected
October Prospective Fellows Can Attend the Summit
January Orientation/CFA Training: Fellows arrive in SF for training, team building and project research. They’re divided into three, assigned to a host city and listen to guest speakers.
February City Residency: Fellows arrive for their residency, meet with their city host, build a network of contacts and identify where CFA can have the most impact. Fellows interview community and gov’t stakeholders and brainstorm project scope.
March-August Development: Teams return to SF for lean app development, resource sharing and collaboration. Ongoing training and guest speaker series continues.
Launch and Summit: Teams launch their apps and select teams demo their projects at the CfA Summit.
November Sustainability Series: In the final month, work to transition towards an agreed upon method of sustainability post-Fellowship.

Mentorship & Training

You’ll receive training from a variety of leaders in the technology and public administration space on a variety of topics. In past years, fellows have learned to navigate the Federal Government from former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra, develop negotiation tactics from public policy entrepreneur David Eaves, and organize for better civic design via Code for America’s new Civic Design meetup. In addition to these presentations, fellows are often invited to networking dinners, company visits and special events in the civic tech space.

Selection & Eligibility

Who should apply?

Developers, designers, project managers and researchers apply from across the country. Code for America is committed to a diverse fellowship class. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Interested? Fill out this form and we’ll let you know when applications open.

When will I know if I’ve made it?

You’ll be notified of fellowship selections in early Oct with the program to start the following January.

Where would I be working?

You’ll spend the majority of your time in Code for America HQ in downtown San Francisco with frequent trips to your residency city for needs assessment, research and stakeholder check-ins.

Can I choose my city partner?

You will be asked for your top city partner choices once you’re selected for the fellowship.

Can non-US residents apply?

Code for America cannot sponsor work visas for international applicants but non-US citizens with the necessary paperwork for a year-long work term are welcome to apply. You should also check out the International Partnership Program for more info.

More questions?

Our fellows are happy to answer questions via Github. You can also shoot us an email at fellowship-staff[at]codeforamerica.org

Get Involved

To get involved visit codeforamerica.org/geeks/fellowship-apply