Applications for the sixth cohort of Omidyar Fellows are currently being accepted through April 26, 2018 at 12:00 Noon HST.

Please review the application package details below prior to submitting your application. Carefully note all page and word limits for each required element as submissions beyond these limits will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee.

Click here or the “Submit Application” button to the left to complete your application.


Required elements of the application package are:


Application Form — This online form requests basic information such as organization, job title, and email address for you and both writers of your letters of support. Please note: The application form cannot be saved so please compile all the necessary information, including PDF documents of your cover letter, resume, and executive assignment, before submitting at one time.

While we recognize the significance of diacritical markings, we respectfully ask you to omit any such markings in your application form responses as including them may result in submission errors due to the web format of the online application. However, please feel free to include diacritical markings in any of your attachments.


Cover Letter — In one page, respond to the questions listed below:

  • ​Why would you make a great Fellow? What do you hope to get out of the Omidyar Fellows program?
  • How would you contribute to the Forum of Fellows and Hawaii? (What will you bring to this Network and what would a Network like the Forum of Fellows provide for your impact in Hawaii?) 


Resume — In two to three pages, prepare a resume with your leadership and supervisory experiences and the items below:

  • Employment History: title, dates in position, scope of responsibilities and achievements
  • Professional Affiliations: name of organization or group, dates of involvement, and description of your role or activities
  • Community/Civic Involvement: name of organization or group, dates of involvement, and description of your role or activities
  • Professional Development: name of institution/program, year(s) attended, credential awarded
  • Formal Education: name of institution, years attended, degrees awarded


Executive Assignment — As part of the Forum of Fellows, Omidyar Fellows have the opportunity to apply for seed funding. This funding is meant to help Fellows have a tangible impact on an issue they care about in Hawaii. For clarity, there are many ways for Fellows to engage in either leading or supporting transformational change; leading a new or existing innovation effort with seed funding is one way.

We’d like to get to know you better by understanding what you might do if afforded this opportunity as a Fellow. Keep in mind this is an application exercise, and no seed funding will actually be awarded.

Opportunity: You have $25,000 to work with and 6-9 months. You want to have a tangible impact that will improve an issue you care about in Hawaii. You are constrained by time, money, and capacity. Despite this, what can you achieve?

Please answer the following three components in your executive assignment:

1. Problem Statement (500 word limit)

  • What is the problem?
  • Why does it persist?
  • Why do you think it’s important?

2. Proposed Strategies (500 word limit)

  • What are your strategies?
  • With whom will you collaborate?
  • What are the risks and barriers to change and how will you address these?

3. Project Plan (one page limit)   

  • What is your budget breakdown?
  • What is your rough timeline?


Letter of support from your chief executive (e.g., CEO, executive director, Board chair). Note: If you do not have a CEO or Board chair, please submit a letter from a colleague who is an executive/leader in their organization. – In two pages or less, the letter should address:

  • Why you would make a great Fellow
  • What you would contribute to the Forum of Fellows Network and to Hawaii as a result of this program and the connection to the Forum of Fellows Network
  • Your organization’s commitment to endorse you to participate fully in all program activities and challenge you to apply your learning where it will benefit the organization

Please ensure that this letter is submitted with your application or emailed directly to: info@omidyarfellows.org.


Letter of support from a colleague (outside your organization) – Note: Omidyar Fellows may not write colleague letters of support. In two pages or less, please ask a colleague from outside of your organization who knows your work to write a letter addressing:

  • Why you would make a great Fellow
  • What you would contribute to the Forum of Fellows Network and to Hawaii as a result of this program and the connection to the Forum of Fellows Network

Please ensure that this letter is submitted with your application or emailed directly to: info@omidyarfellows.org.