CoFED inspiregizes future food co-op leaders across North America. We support students with training and tools, and connect them with peers, mentors, and allies in a solidarity network.

Be a CoFED Racial Justice Fellow!

If you are age 18-30 years old (non-students and students alike can apply), this Fellowship can make your life easier by providing you with a $5,000 summer stipend to start or continue your work in advancing racial justice and community ownership in the food system; it respects the fact that no one should have to choose between resourcing their lives and working towards their own and collective liberation.

As a Fellow, you will be supported to transform the food system in whichever way feels most true to you and your community -- through photography, art, poetry, cooperative development, cooking, research, and so on. Being a Fellow also earns you a full-ride scholarship to Summer Co-op Academy, where you'll join a powerful cohort of other young people who share your social justice values. 

Fellowship Projects may be completed anywhere in the US or tribal territories within 10 weeks in the summer of 2018. Project start and end dates are up to the Fellow. Although Fellows may choose to do so, CoFED does not require or expect Fellows to work 8 hours/day for 10 weeks on the project or to use this Fellowship to replace full-time work.

We invite applicants to propose or share Fellowship Projects that advance anti-oppression and community ownership in the food system in the US.

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Projects do *not* need to be new or currently non-existing. If you're already working on a project that meets the vision of thisfellowship, please feel free to share this project with us. All forms of expression are welcome, and there is no one “type” of project we are looking for.

To build a community-owned food system, it’ll take everyone with each of our unique gifts and talents. We need folx who can bring people together and folx who can balance budgets, folx who can dream big and folx who can sweat the small details.

We need creatives, artists, healers, storytellers, strategists, researchers, entrepreneurs and more to make magic. That’s why we operate from a place of love for people and are looking to support Fellows to express who they are through their Fellowship Projects. For example, if you’re a photographer, you might propose taking photos for a worker-led food justice campaign; if you’re a chef, you might propose hosting weekly dinners where you and your guests cook with ingredients grown by local farmers of color.

Fellowship Award

Fellows receive:

  • $5,000 living stipend
  • Full scholarship to Summer Co-op Academy* (worth an estimated $2,000) that includes:
    • Transportation to and from Academy location
    • All housing, food, and transportation during the Academy
  •  Leadership coaching
  • (un)Learning and political education
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking opportunities

The project stipend will be paid in 4 installments over the project period.

*CoFED’s Summer Co-op Academy (SCA) is a weeklong cooperative business boot camp for collective liberation and transformation. Fellows must be available to attend SCA, July 27 - August 2, 2018. At SCA, Fellows are invited to share their projects, connect with other members of the SCA, and also learn/teach business tools and concepts, including the business model canvas.

Application Process (Deadline to Apply is March 30th)

To apply, please answer the questions below in a Word document no more than 2 pages long. The Word document should include your name and contact information clearly stated at the top. Email your application with subject line “Racial Justice Fellowship” to dominique@cofed.org. We do accept supplemental information if you feel so inclined, but it is certainly not necessary. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

  1. Who are you? What do you want us to know when reviewing your application? If you prefer, you can answer this question in any medium, for example, poems, photos or links to videos, music, websites, dances or other things you’ve created. 200 words max.
  2. Why do you want to be a CoFED Racial Justice Fellow? 300 words max.
  3. What is your experience with food co-ops, cooperative economics or solidarity economies? 300 words max.
  4. Please describe your proposed Fellowship Project. How would your project impact racial justice and community ownership in the food system? 300 words max.
  5. What does racial justice and community ownership in the food system mean to you? 300 words max.
  6. What resources (outside of financial assistance) can CoFED provide to you? 300 words max.
  7. How would this fellowship help you build and practice transformative leadership? 200 words max

Learn more about the Racial Justice Fellowship program, including last year's fellows, here. 

 

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