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The White House Fellows come from a diverse range of fields, and continue to use their leadership skills long after their Program year ends.
President Donald Trump meets with the White House Fellows Class of 2017-18.
President Barack Obama meets with the White House Fellows Class of 2011-12.
President Lyndon B. Johnson talks with John Gardner, who envisioned and shaped the Fellows program.
Rachel Thornton, WHF 2010-11, discusses what she got out of the Fellowship.

Got Leadership?

The White House Fellowships, established in 1964 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, are intended to give gifted and highly motivated Americans early in their careers a chance to work at the highest levels of the federal government.

Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. If you apply, you will never be asked about your personal politics. Over the years, many Democrats have worked in Republican administrations and vice versa.

Fellows spend a year in Washington working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials.

The Fellows frequently meet with top leaders in public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss the policy-making process as well as ideas and issues concerning leadership and service.

Serious candidates should be able to demonstrate notable achievement early in their careers ‒ and a deep commitment to public service.

Think of the White House Fellowship as a "front row seat to history." White House Fellows alumni uniformly say this was perhaps the most remarkable experience of their lives.

Alumni often go on to "pay it forward" by providing leadership in their fields of endeavor and their communities ‒ however they define them (business, law, politics, medicine, military, academia, non-profits, etc.)

Click here to download/view a brochure for additional information about the White House Fellows Program

Click here to learn about the current class of White House Fellows

Make a Difference.

Become a White House Fellow.

White House Fellows Selection Process

The Selection Process to Become a White House Fellow