Applications for the 2024 CUE Fellowship are now open! Learn more about the fellowship, get inspired by fellow projects, and sign up for our prospective fellows newsletter. The deadline to apply has been extended to Tuesday, January 16.
2024 CUE Fellowship applications are currently under review. Applicants will be notified by the end of January.
The PROSPECTIVE CUE FELLOW
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the CUE Equity Fellowship. In addition, CUE solicits nominations from their network of stakeholders. Nominated candidates will receive an invitation to complete the Fellowship application. The Fellowship selection committee, composed of CUE staff and Fellowship alumni, reviews all applications and recommends candidates to be invited to participate in Selection Day(s), an interactive scenario-based interview process along with other fellow candidates. Selected candidates must be able to commit to monthly full-day trainings (May 2024 - January 2025) to accept the fellowship.
The CUE Model
The Chicago United for Equity (CUE) Equity Fellowship is a year-long program designed to bring together 15-20 leaders across identities, neighborhoods, and perspectives in government, media, research, storytelling, organizing, advocacy and philanthropy to strengthen their racial equity practice. This diverse group of Fellows is a powerful learning community that serves as both catalyst and support to build a more equitable Chicago by reimagining its structures, policies and practices through a racial equity lens.
CUE Fellows are leaders, innovators, disruptors, and healers of all different kinds. We look for Fellows to come into this work with:
We imagine, create, and collectively envision a better future.
We possess a strong foundation in racial equity with an understanding that transformation work is rooted in the collective.
We build relations by sharing the work and moving at the pace of trust.
We put values into action to challenge systems that have brought us to this point .
The CUE curriculum
CUE is a critical reflective learning community. We believe that our best learning happens through relationships and action. We work to cultivate a community of change agents with shared frameworks, strategies, and tools to create change.
Our Fellowship creates opportunities to analyze, explore and implement:
racial equity frameworks
to set a shared vision of equity, highlighting the Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA).
to study and address racial disparities in our communities.
CIVIC CHANGE STRATEGIES
hat have been successful in past work.
to put our values into practice.
THE RACIAL EQUITY PROJECT
Fellows are expected to define a Racial Equity Project to reimagine a structure, policy or practice through a racial equity lens.
Examples of past CUE fellowship projects include:
Shifting Philanthropic Culture
Cultivating a Community of Practice to Expand Racial Equity in Family Foundations. Project centered on developing a new norm by reimagining: how family foundations conduct site visits, what they look for in proposals, the types of organizations that are funded and who makes funding decisions.
Speaking Truth with Power
Got Data? Got Community? Let’s Tell a Story. Project centered on a Racial Equity Data Forum focused on 1) identifying workforce competencies, 2) understanding the measures and metrics, 3) examination of data/identifying the gaps, and 3) data visualization.
Designing for Self Determination
A Pathway for Redeveloping Closed Schools. Project centered on bringing awareness about school closures, enabling inclusive and open dialogues, and sparked collective imagination about the future of social infrastructure in Chicago.
THE SPONSOR ORGANIZATION
Candidates are required to name a sponsoring organization that will serve as a partner in developing and implementing their Racial Equity Projects. They should have a pre-existing relationship with this organization prior to applying to the Fellowship. That relationship could be as a staff member, board member or similar leadership role, or as a volunteer or longstanding collaborator.
We are looking for sponsor organizations who are helping reshape Chicago's civic institutions through:
Sponsor organizations have the power to make decisions in campaigns, government, or law.
Sponsor organizations have the power to shape narratives in the arts, media, philanthropy, or research.
Sponsor organizations have the power to mobilize in advocacy, coalitions, or organizing.
We fund the CUE Equity Fellowship in alignment with our vision for transforming power. Sponsoring organizations that have a candidate selected for the CUE Fellowship contribute to the cost of the program on a sliding scale based on the sponsoring organization’s annual operating budget. Though no qualified candidate is turned away for inability to pay, all sponsoring organizations are required to commit resources to demonstrate commitment to their project.
Sponsor Org Operating Annual Budget
$3M - $4,999,999
$2M - $2,999,999
$1M - $1,999,999
$500,000 - $999,999
Up to $499,999