The Alaska Fellows Program, constituted by three fellowship sites in Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka, is a near-year-long postgraduate fellowship program that places dynamic recent college graduates with organizations across Alaska.
Sitka Winter Fellows, now entering its fifth year, was founded as a way to bring motivated, talented college graduates from across the United States to Sitka for nine months to live together communally and serve the Sitka community. Initially launched with Yale graduates, the program has since diversified through word of mouth, with recruits from schools around the country and a growing emphasis on providing an avenue for Alaskans who have left for school to return home.
Three years after the founding of the Sitka program, a sister program in Anchorage began in September 2017 with a class of six dynamic recent college grads eager to make an impact in Anchorage.
The Juneau site will join the Sitka and Anchorage sites in October 2018 as a seven-month fellowship with an inaugural class of six fellows.
Fellows receive a modest living stipend, travel stipend, and housing.
Fellows across the three sites live communally and attend program-funded opening retreats as well as facilitated “convenings” — programmed events that draw together all 20-25 fellows across all three sites to cultivate connections, friendships, and common identity at the beginning and end of the program.
Fellows are backed by a team of the well-connected and generally wonderful members of the Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka communities who help make introductions, integrate the class of Fellows into the community (e.g., Arctic Entries, Stardust Ball, Alaska Folk Fest), and share high-octane Alaska experiences in outdoor, civic, and community life.
Admission and matriculation is rolling. Positions for the 2018-2019 program year will begin to be posted in March 2018 with additional positions going live thereafter.
Want to Learn More?
Read our program guide for a deeper dive.
To find out about the three program sites (Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka) and how they differ, read this site comparison.
About Us (Drop a Line!)
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is the creator and a co-coordinator of the Alaska Fellows Program. He was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, attended Yale College, and now represents his hometown and 21 other rural Southeast communities in the Alaska House of Representatives. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ira Slomski-Pritz is an Anchorage-based co-coordinator of the Alaska Fellows Program. He is a graduate of Yale College, an alumnus of the Sitka Winter Fellows Program, and has spent the past three summers getting to know less-urban parts of Alaska working as a NOLS instructor. (email@example.com)
Meredith Redick is a Sitka-based co-coordinator of the Alaska Fellows Program. She is a graduate of Yale College and an alumna of the Sitka Winter Fellows Program. (firstname.lastname@example.org)