Application & Selection


19 Fellows were selected for the 2017-19 cohort, from a national pool of over 350 applicants, coming from as close as Detroit and as far away as California. Fellows are diverse in terms of their work and life experiences, the places they're from, age, and race and culture. What they all have in common is that they could be doing this work anywhere. They choose to do it in Detroit.

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows launched its first cohort in 2011. Since then, 80 Fellows have been front and center as leaders in Detroit's civic, community and economic development landscape. We recognized that the city had undergone many changes across a multitude of dimensions and was not the same place it was in 2011. We wanted to understand how the fellowship could continue to nurture and promote the leaders Detroit needs right now as we evolve alongside the city. We recently concluded our strategic assessment of the program and the civic, community and economic development landscape to help us determine how we make the greatest impact. We are finalizing our strategic plan which will culminate in a vision for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows that continues to develop and connect leaders and build the capacity of organizations, while ensuring a commitment to equity in the face of a rapidly transforming city and region. We look forward to sharing more updates about the next phase of the program and eligibility and application information in the fall.

Interested in learning more about becoming a Fellow? Visit our Frequent Asked Questions page. Please submit questions via email ONLY to and our team will get back to you within 2 business days.