In light of COVID-19, we previously decided to delay the selection of Cohort VIII. As the situation progressed, we saw that even during these trying times, there are also opportunities to strengthen Hawai‘i's future. We view leadership as an essential ingredient, and we wanted to support our candidates who are engaging to resolve the current challenges facing Hawai‘i and the rest of the world.

With this, we shifted our timeline once again, announcing that the Cohort VIII selection process resumed in June 2020. All applications received during the original 2020 application period have been reviewed. Selected candidates will participate in semifinalist and finalist interviews this summer. We will announce the Fellows of Cohort VIII in August 2020, and we expect their cohort to begin in October 2020.

Applications for the ninth cohort of Omidyar Fellows will be available in December 2020. Please subscribe to the Omidyar Fellows Hawai‘i Newsletter or follow us on Facebook to be notified when the application period begins.