Frequently Asked Questions

Programmatic Questions

When does the fellowship program start and end?  

There will be 2 cohorts to accommodate people in school who are on the semester or quarter system. 

Cohort 1: June 7-August 12 with host site

Cohort 2: June 28-August 12 with host site (fellows will start at the host site after the orientation)

All fellows are required to participate fully in the orientation and closing retreats. The orientation will take place June 20-June 25. The closing retreat will be August 14-August 15.

*We are planning for the 2021 summer fellowship to be virtual/remote due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dates are subject to change if a COVID vaccine becomes widely available and we determine it is safe to have parts of the program in person.  

What is the time commitment for each fellow?

For the overwhelming majority of fellows, this will be a full-time volunteer, 40-hours per week, intensive experience. The fellowship is meant to be an immersive experience of developing Asian American leaders grounded in social justice values. There may be fellows who participate for 25 hours per week, but this is dependent on the needs of the host site organizations.

What type of work will I be doing with the organizations?

Over the course of the fellowship, fellows will work on a range of projects with their host organizations. Projects have ranged from doing outreach, facilitating workshops, organizing events and community rallies, developing curriculum, conducting surveys, and providing direct services. Fellows will have the opportunity to experience on the ground organizing, deepen their understanding of local community issues and get to build with grassroots community members.

Will you help me find housing?

We will do our best to help you locate housing by providing resources and referrals, as well as working with your host site to identify potential housing leads, BUT the ultimate responsibility lies with each fellow.

Are the fellows compensated? How so?

This is a volunteer summer opportunity. However, we understand that not everyone has personal resources to be able to participate in an opportunity like this.

We ask that students enrolled in an academic institution look to their school for resources for summer fellowships, or work-study opportunities to participate in this fellowship. We can provide information that your school may ask of you to pursue these options. If you do not have funding secured yet from your school, please fill out this application anyway.

For applicants who are not enrolled in school and do not have the resources, we will do our best to provide a stipend for you to participate in the program if you are accepted. Part-time fellows will not be eligible for stipends. We encourage you to apply for the fellowship, regardless of your access to financial resources at this point.

(Note: Seeding Change will cover travel costs to/from the Bay Area for the orientation and closing retreats, as well as travel for regional exposure trips during the fellowship. With the COVID-19 pandemic, all fellowship activities for 2021 will be remote and virtual and we will actively assess if the situation becomes safe for in person programs.)

What is an anticipated budget for the fellowship?

Please refer to this document: SCF21 Anticipated Budget

What’s the difference between this and the Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice?

Seeding Change is the evolution of the Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice housed at Chinese Progressive Association San Francisco. You can read more about that here. Seeding Change fellows placed at the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco are referred to as Eva Lowe Fellows by CPASF. 

Eligibility Questions

What age do you have to be to apply for the fellowship?

Fellows must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants who are not 18 by the start of the fellowship will not be accepted. Fellows have generally ranged from 18-28.

Is the fellowship only for current college students or recent graduates?

There is no requirement for fellows to be students or to hold a college degree. We warmly invite people of all educational experiences to apply.  

Application Questions

What is the application process like?

Applications are due on January 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. First round interviews will be conducted in the first week of February by phone or video. Applicants will then interview with potential host sites. Fellowship announcements will be made by early March. If you need an early decision, see below.

How do I rank the host sites?

Applicants should review the potential host site page, as well as the websites and social media platforms of the organizations. You will be asked to rank up to 3 organizations that you are interested in working with. We work with applicants and host organizations to make the best match based on both interest and skills needed.

I have a scholarship or work-study deadline before you announce the selection of fellows. What can I do?

If funding for your volunteer position is CONTINGENT on being accepted to a program AND the deadline is before our posted announcement date, you can apply for EARLY ACTION. Please contact us at for more details.

How do my references submit the reference forms?

In the fellowship application, you will be asked to list two references. References should complete the Reference Form by January 31, 2020 at 6pm PST. Since it may take some time to secure written references, we’ve included a link to the online reference form so it may be completed in advance of the deadline. Separate letters are not needed.

What kind of references do I need?

Please include 1 personal reference and at least 1 reference that can attest to your work style and work (volunteer, student organizing, paid work).

Still have questions? Contact us at

Join us for an informational Q&A session on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.