William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for Minority Students


The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually.  The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI.  Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.  Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. 

Eligibility Requirements:

The ideal candidate for this fellowship is a highly motivated continuing graduate or undergraduate student from an underrepresented community of color.  She or he should have an excellent academic record and also have the following:

1. Demonstrated interest or experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and the social sector;
2. Excellent research and writing skills;
3. Demonstrated financial need; and
4. U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

The student must be able to intern for 12-15 weeks at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute.  Fall and Spring internships will be part-time (15-20 hours per week) and Summer internships will be full-time.  All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.


A fellowship grant of approximately $2,000 will be awarded to the Fall and Spring fellows and approximately $4,000 will be awarded to the Summer fellow. 

Application Deadlines:    

  • March 15, 2010  for Summer 2010
  • July 15, 2010 for Fall 2010

PLEASE NOTE: All applications must be received by the application deadline, NOT postmarked by the deadline.



Application Procedure (there is no application form for this fellowship):

1) letter of interest (include information about dates of availability for the fellowship)
2) resume
3) official transcript
4) documentation from university financial aid office demonstrating financial need (such as an offer letter)
5) two letters of recommendation to:

Lauren Stebbins
Communications Associate
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20036
(202) 736-2500

Official transcripts, official financial aid documentation, and recommendation letters must be:

a) sent directly to the student in sealed envelopes and then mailed to Lauren Stebbins, OR
b) sent directly from the university and/or reference to Lauren Stebbins via mail or email, otherwise your application will not be considered.

Applications are considered three times annually based on the timing of applicants’ availability:

Internship Availability 

Application Deadline

Award Notification

Summer 2010

March 15, 2010

April 15, 2010

Fall 2010

July 15, 2010

August 15, 2010

The City University of New York