Public Voices Fellowship

The year-long fellowship provides a cohort of twenty thought leaders, all of whom are underrepresented in the public sphere (including women), with extraordinary support, leadership skills, and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields, but also the great public conversations of our age.

The goal of this fellowship is to increase the public impact of University's top thought leaders who are women and/or underrepresented minorities, to ensure that their ideas help shape important contemporary conversations. Led by the OpEd Project, fellows explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space. The fellowship also provides the high-level support and media connections to become influential on a large scale. Fellows completing the one-year fellowship will join a national network of peers, allowing for knowledge-sharing and innovation across institutions.

The fellowship has a track record of great results, generating personal, professional, and public outcomes with far-reaching implications. The University’s first cohort of fellows were highly successful and have published, so far, over 40 op-eds, including in the Washington Post, US News & World Report, Scientific American, Paris Review, Boston Review, Ms. Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Hill, Slate, and Psychology Today. Many of these successes also led to expansive impact in the public sphere, driving interview requests, expert citations, invitations to speak at conferences, congressional funds and more. 

2021 Request for Applications: Due August 13


August 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

An opportunity to learn about the OpdEd Project, ask questions, and learn from panelists who will share their experience about the impact of the fellowship in their career, how it has generated personal, professional, and public outcomes with far-reaching implications. Register in advance.

Download the Request for Applications Apply for the Fellowship via InfoReady


Twenty fellows will be selected to participate in this year’s cohort. Over the year-long fellowship (9 months coaching + 3 months resources), fellows will:

  • Participate in four interactive convenings/seminars designed to expand thinking and amplify expertise (you must be able to attend all convenings to be eligible (dates below); attendance at all convenings in full is required
  • Engage with dedicated veteran journalist mentors for one-on-one coaching (weekly/regular)
  • Gain access to weekly webinars and monthly expert talks with senior media insiders, and weekly customized email support and news alerts
  • Gain access to a powerful network of peers, as well as to The OpEd Project's national network of high-level journalist mentors
  • Commit to publishing 2 op-eds through the course of the fellowship

Convening Dates

  • Convening One (via zoom): 10/7/21; 10/8/21; 10/9/21 (10am – 1:30pm each day)
  • Convening Two: 1/14/22 (10am-5pm)
  • Convening Three: 4/1/22 (10am-5pm)
  • Convening Four: 5/20/22 (10am-5pm)

Full-time University Faculty (i.e., regular, research, librarian, and educator faculty) and instructors are eligible to apply. Adjunct instructors are not eligible for this fellowship. Emphasis is on thought leaders who identify as part of an underrepresented group in the public sphere (e.g., BIPOC male or female, white female).

Submit the following materials via InfoReady (contact Eva Olivares at with any questions on the application system):

  • In 200 words or less, provide a professional bio
  • In 300 words or less, describe your expertise(s).
  • In 300 words or less, describe why your knowledge is of public value.
  • In 300 words or less, from a personal perspective, why do you want to have a public voice?
  • In 300 words or less, why are your voice and/or ideas underrepresented?
  • Letter of support from a peer who can speak to your:
    • Status as a thinker of the highest caliber
    • Expertise in topics that are of public value
    • Commitment to having a public voice
  • Curriculum Vitae (in UM format, preferably)


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Public Voices Fellows In the News

Women in Leadership and Empowerment Award + Keynote speech

Marisol Capellan for South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Alma: A Journey of the Soul through Music

Jennifer Grim at Gusman Concert Hall at UM


Juan Pablo De Rivero Vaccari in Visible Magazine

We Need More Black Cardiologists to Shrink Black-White Health Disparities

Sharon Andrade-Bucknor in US News & World Report

All Latinos Are Not Perceived as Equal

Marisol Capellan in Visible Magazine

What's it Like?