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Equitable Futures Fellowship Applications Open Now!

Many of the world’s biggest problems today stem from systemic imbalances of wealth, access, and power. Solving them requires new approaches to leadership and capabilities to put forth transformative actions and policies that reimagine concepts of power and governance.

In answer to this need, the Equitable Futures Fellowship is a new program from the Doris Duke Foundation and the East-West Center for leaders from a broad range of cultures and backgrounds. Fellows will explore techniques to empower previously unheard voices and resolve inequity in its many forms, including gaps in income, health care, and education; impacts of the climate crisis; and challenges to societal pluralism.

Selected participants will include leaders and creative thinkers across government, communities, advocacy groups, media and technology, artists and entrepreneurs. This expanded view of who can create policies and positive change will ensure an array of unique experiences and ideas.

Through a combination of in-person sessions in Hawai‘i and Aotearoa (New Zealand), plus regular virtual meetings, fellows will hear from top experts and engage in activities designed to enhance their knowledge, leadership capacities, and networks. The enduring skills and bonds they gain are intended to serve their communities and our world in building more equitable futures.

2024 Program Dates

The Equitable Futures Fellowship will run from October 2024-May 2025 and will require participation in virtual and in-person sessions.

  • Pre-Residency Virtual Sessions: October 14-27, 2024
  • Honolulu, Hawai‘i: October 28-November 8, 2024
  • Virtual Sessions: November 9, 2024-May 25, 2025
  • Wellington, New Zealand: May 26-31, 2025

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply, please visit the application page. All applicants will be required to submit an online application through Submittable, our online application platform. Applications must include at least one letter of reference from a professional contact.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2024 at 11:00 PM Hawai‘i Standard Time. Reference letters will be accepted until end of day, April 21, 2024.