Our Fellows Program

Designing the future

Design + Diversity developed this Fellowship program to support emerging underinvested Black, Latins, and Indigenous creatives. It is a fellowship for individuals who have the uniqueness, nerve, and talent to dare to make changes in their community.

What’s in it for you?

Our fellows will receive all-expenses paid to the Design + Diversity Conference, mentorship from selected industry creatives, support for our sponsors in the form of technology, and gives (varies from year to year)—exceptional support and recognition from Design + Diversity for career endeavors.

What you need to know

What do we look for in a follow?
Our fellows are hungry, humble, and smart (emotionally intelligent).

  • Hungry: Our fellows are intrinsically motivated, diligent, and have a strong desire to do more by going above and beyond. They don’t have to be pushed; they constantly look for responsibility and think about the next step and the next opportunity.
  • Humble: Humility, our fellows, shows up as a lack of excessive ego or concerns about status. They are quick to share credit, praise others freely, and sometimes even forego credit due to them in the interest of celebrating the team’s collective win. They demonstrate strong alignment towards the team’s goals and prioritize collective wins over individual ones. Humble team players are self-confident but not arrogant.
  • Smart: Emotional intelligence and interpersonal awareness: The capability to conduct oneself in a group situation and deal with others in the most effective way. Emotionally intelligent people ask good questions, listen to what others are saying, and stay engaged in conversations intently. Smart people exercise excellent judgment and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics. They are fully aware of the effect their words will have on the team.
The fellowship is a year-long engagement. During that time, you are expected to attend and participate in our endeavors and activities.

  • Attend monthly phone call
  • Attend monthly mentorship session
  • Attend the Design + Diversity Conference (All expenses paid)
  • Participate in the team project
  • All participants are expected to uphold Design + Diversity’s Code of Conduct


If selected, all participants must be 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, and reside in the United States. You must also be a member of the black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous community.

  • You must be over 18 years of age, fluent in English, and currently reside in the United States—you do not have to be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be a member of the Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous community.
  • Must be a member of one of the following groups:
  • Junior or Senior at an accredited institution
  • Student at a community college
  • Currently in or recent grad of a certification program
    Recent grad with in the past four (4) years
  • Self-taught or non-degree must have at least four (4) years of experience, including freelance work

Apply Today

We are accepting applications from now until May 31, 2021.