Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship?

A. The Tucson Fellowship is a women’s leadership development program. Eligible applicants include: under-represented scholars and community leaders seeking to increase their visibility and influence as thought leaders. The strongest applications are from community and academic leaders who have subject area expertise and an existing platform for their voice. We seek leaders in their fields and decision-makers. Applicants should also demonstrate community involvement.

Q. How rigorous is the application process?

A. The application consists of 3 short essay questions (~300 words or less each) in addition to biographical and professional background information. Applications will include their nominator’s name as a reference. The application process is highly competitive.

Q. What is the time commitment and attendance requirement?

A. This one-year Fellowship includes several components: four mandatory, interactive day or day
and-a-half long seminars, monthly media calls with media insiders/gatekeepers, one-on-one work with editors and ongoing mentoring (between 50 and 80 hours total). Attendance at the four seminars is mandatory.

Q. What’s been the impact of the past six years of the Fellowship?

A. The goal of the Fellowship is to increase the influence of women and minority thought leaders, changing who narrates our world. In our first six years, 117 Fellows published over 400 op-eds, as well as dozens of TV/radio appearances, keynote speeches and awards. Fellows have been published in The Hill, The Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, ESPN, Al Jazeera America, Reuters, Ebony, The Huffington Post and The Root (just to name a few). They have launched new research studies, leveraged new funding streams, and shaped local and national debate and policy.

Q. How do I nominate someone?

A. To nominate an academic or community leader, visit

Q. If nominated, what is the time line through the process?

A. Nominees will be provided with further details and dates, but the general time frame is:
• Week of August 5, 2019 – Notification of Nomination & Application Open
• Week of August 18, 2019 – Information Session for Applicants
• September 13, 2019 – Application Deadline
• Week of September 30, 2019 – Notification of Fellowship Acceptance Status.