Encore Public Voices Fellowship

Encore Public Voices Fellowship will amplify the voices of 20 thought leaders speaking out about the years beyond midlife, often referred to as the encore stage of life.


In the past 100+ years, average life expectancy has grown by decades. That’s real progress, and yet longer lives aren’t available to all. How can we ensure that the longevity revolution lifts all boats rather than contributing to the inequalities that now exist? How can we ensure that additional years are added to the prime of life so we can enjoy them? Most importantly, how can we ensure that longer lives benefit not just individuals but society at large?

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship will amplify the voices of 20 thought leaders speaking out about the years beyond midlife, often referred to as the encore stage of life. Participants will explore what must change to establish the encore life stage as a time for personal renewal and social good. Participants will be provided with extraordinary support, skills and mentoring to ensure their ideas shape the greater public conversation.

We are looking for community and business leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, writers, educators, researchers and other thinkers. We are looking for a diverse mix of people in terms of age, race, religion, sector and areas of expertise or focus; half of the cohort will consist of people of color.

The Encore Public Voices fellowship is a collaboration among The OpEd Project, Encore.org, and Ann MacDougall.

Encore.org is an innovation hub that taps the talents of the 50+ population as a force for good, ultimately creating a better future for future generations.
The OpEd Project is a think tank and leadership organization that expands history by accelerating the ideas and public impact of underrepresented voices, including women.
Ann MacDougall, the former president of Encore.org, will serve as a senior advisor to the Encore Public Voices Fellowship.
Our Advisory Council is comprised of a small group of outstanding social innovators and media professionals. Founding members are Ellen Goodman (Chair); Mary C. Curtis; Katie Orenstein; Trabian Shorters;Sree Sreenivasan and Lester Strong.They will advise on strategy, recruitment of candidates and fellow selection and will potentially participate in training.


The Public Voices Fellowship is part of a prestigious national initiative to change who writes history. Launched by The OpEd Project in collaboration with fifteen powerful institutional partners, including Yale, Northwestern, and the Ford Foundation (and a dozen others), we have had extraordinary success accelerating the ideas and impact of new and underrepresented voices at the highest levels in their fields, including overwhelmingly women of all backgrounds. More information about The Public Voices Fellowship initiative is here and a video is here.

Year-long program
Up to 20 fellows
Four interactive day-long seminars in NYC designed to expand thinking and deepen expertise (dates are: September 13-14, 2018; December 10, 2018; March 1, 2019; and May 10, 2019)
Dedicated editors (top journalists) to provide regular, hands-on, one-on-one support/editing/coaching
Access to big thinkers and media insiders as the occasion arises (past guests have represented TED, NYT, CNN, Wikipedia)
Access to ongoing mentoring for the fellowship year
Travel stipends for those who need them

→Application Information
Anyone may apply. Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process, based on their history and track record of work, and the belief of our advisory team that, with proper support, they can change cultural narrative.

Application deadline: June 22, 2018
To apply: bit.ly/EncorePublicVoicesApplication

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