When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 12:00 Noon HST on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Only applications received by the early deadline of 12:00 Noon HST on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 will receive confirmation of receipt or notification of missing items. 

Is attendance mandatory for all sessions?
Yes, we ask each Fellow to commit to attending all sessions. Please review the schedule posted to ensure that you can commit to each one. Attendance is important because the context for transformative learning is community. The ability of a group to form a sense of shared identity creates a basis for moving forward together in learning. 

What is the cost associated for this program?
There is no cost for the Fellow or sponsoring organization. The program covers all costs for each participant, including airfare,  ground transportation, and lodging for neighbor island Fellows.

How will I know if my application is complete?
You will receive an email confirming the status of your application within three business days of submission if you submit by the early application deadline of 12 Noon HST on February 26, 2020.

If you did not submit your two letters of support with your online application, we highly recommend that you contact your letter writers directly to make sure it was received by our office. Your letter writers will receive confirmation of receipt from our office within three business days.

What dates should I block for interviews?
It is important to make sure you are available on the interview dates before applying. We are unable to accommodate alternate times. Interview sign-ups are on a first-register, first-served basis, so you may not receive your preferred time slot. 

We ask that you block all day on April 21-22 for the semifinalists group process and all day on May 18-19 for the finalists interviews. We also may ask for a phone interview between March 16-27. 

  • On April 21, there will be​ 2.5 hour time slots in the morning and afternoon.
  • On April 22, there will only be a 2.5 hour morning session. 

You will only need to be present on one day for the semifinalists group process and one day for the finalists interview once we determine time slots. 

Can a letter of support be written by an Omidyar Fellow?
Omidyar Fellows may only write letters of support if they are the CEO or board chair of your sponsoring organization.

Can I provide more than two letters of support?
Please submit a total of two letters of support: one from your chief executive and one from a colleague outside of your organization. Detailed information about what each letter should address is available here.

Who should I address my letters of support to?
Please address your letters either to the Selection Committee or To Whom It May Concern.

If I am a sole practitioner or entrepreneur, who should write my chief executive letter of support?
Please have your board chair write your letter. Should you not have a board, please have a community executive write your letter. Please note that Omidyar Fellows may not write your letter of support.

If the chief executive in my organization resides out-of-state, may I submit a letter of support from the regional executive based in Hawaiʻi?
Yes, since the regional executive may be more familiar with your work, feel free to submit a letter from the top executive based in Hawaiʻi.  

Will you cover costs for neighbor island travel during the selection process?
Airfare and ground transportation costs will be covered for candidates.

How many candidates may an organization sponsor?
For cohort diversity, if we receive more than one candidate application from the same organization, only one candidate may be selected as a finalist. We encourage organizations to sponsor only one candidate.​ For example, we may advance only one candidate from within the University of Hawaiʻi system, even if candidates are from different campuses or islands. Similarly, we may advance only one applicant from Kamehameha Schools.

Are elected officials eligible to apply for the Omidyar Fellows program?
Given the demands of the program, the unique nature of political leadership, and the requirements of the legislative calendar, elected officials are not eligible for participation in the Omidyar Fellows program. Our hope is to craft a specific offering for political leaders in the future.