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2015-16 Community Fellowship Application


Cohort 3 Community Fellows

2015-2016 Pinkerton Community Fellows

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Pinkerton Community Fellowship. To learn more about the Fellowship and to apply for the next cohort, continue reading this page.

Commitment and Compensation

The Pinkerton Community Fellowship is a 15-month program that begins in June of 2015 and runs through August of 2016. The community fellowship components are listed below:

  • Field placement – Community Fellows benefit from intensive experience at leading nonprofit community-based organizations that address a diverse range of youth justice issues.
    • Starting in June, fellows serve 35-hours per week during the first summer (June – August 2015);
    • 14-hours a week during the fall and spring semesters; and
    • 35-hours during the winter session (January 2016) and during the second summer (June – August 2016).
    • Coursework – In addition to the placement, fellows earn twelve-credits through an upperclass two-semester Practicum in Youth Justice course that is designed to enhance their understanding of the issues related to their work.
    • Seminars – Fellows also participate in on-going personal and professional development seminars throughout the fellowship period

Community Fellows earn a total of $12,750 throughout their 15-month commitment. This is comprised of:

  • $3,500 for the first summer
  • $2,000 for each fall and spring semesters
  • $1,000 for full-time hours during the winter break; and
  • $4,250 during the second summer. The second summer is contingent upon high performance ratings by both the host site and the PFI staff.

In addition to the stipend, Community Fellows receive:

  • An unlimited monthly metro card to cover travel expenses each month
  • An opportunity grant of $1,000 to help alleviate financial burdens that might arise during the fellowship period


  • Current sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • High level of responsibility, leadership, and commitment
  • Demonstrated genuine passion for youth justice

Application Timeline

  • Final deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015, at 5pm
  • Finalists will be interviewed and notified in March
  • The fellowship begins in June 2015

Application Process

To apply to be a Pinkerton Community Fellow, you must submit:

  • A personal statement. The person statement should be 1 – 2 pages (double spaced, size 12 font), discussing why you are interested in becoming a Pinkerton Community Fellow, what you hope to gain as a Fellow, and an assessment of your strengths and challenges.
  • A one-page resume. (Your personal statement and resume should be uploaded below as one PDF.)
  • An unofficial transcript. (See instructions below.)
  • A recommendation form from a faculty member or employer. (Share this link with your recommendation writer.)

To apply for the 2015-2016 Community Fellowship, please complete the fields below (including the two PDF uploads) no later than February 13, 2015: 

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 In order to upload your transcript as a PDF:

  • Print your unofficial transcript from the Jay Stop website
  • Go to the John Jay library and ask a librarian how to scan the transcript as a PDF to your email
  • Follow the librarian’s instructions
  • Once the PDF is sent to your email, save it and upload it here

For more information, please contact: Melissa Pognon, Program Coordinator of the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative, at pfi@jjay.cuny.edu.