Alaska Fellows Program
Sitka Winter Fellows was founded in 2014 as a way to bring motivated, talented college graduates from across the United States to Sitka for nine months to live together communally and serve the Sitka community. Initially launched with Yale graduates, the program has since diversified through word of mouth, with recruits from schools around the country and a growing emphasis on providing an avenue for Alaskans who have left for school to return home.
Three years after the founding of the Sitka program, a sister program in Anchorage began in September 2017 with a class of six dynamic recent college grads eager to make an impact in Anchorage.
The Juneau site joined the Sitka and Anchorage sites in October 2018 as a seven-month fellowship with an inaugural class of six fellows — and the program was renamed the Alaska Fellows Program.
Fellows receive a modest living stipend, travel stipend, and housing.
Fellows across the three sites live communally and attend program-funded opening retreats as well as facilitated “convenings” — programmed events that draw together all 20-25 fellows across all three sites to cultivate connections, friendships, and common identity at the beginning and end of the program.
Fellows are backed by a team of the well-connected and generally wonderful members of the Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka communities who help make introductions, integrate the class of Fellows into the community (e.g., Arctic Entries, Stardust Ball, Alaska Folk Fest), and share high-octane Alaska experiences in outdoor, civic, and community life.
Admission and matriculation are rolling. Positions for the 2019-2020 program year will begin to be posted in January 2019 with additional positions going live thereafter.
Applicants must register on the Sitka Fellows site and pay a $25 application fee.