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Candidate Hub

The Lead For America Fellowship is a highly selective program for the future leaders of our country and communities. We receive hundreds of exceptional applications every year. To make sure this program is for you, and to build the best application possible, please review the following information before submitting.

Application Timeline

Please review these important application dates before applying. These include application deadlines and expected start date. View the timeline here.


In order to access the full application, please take the Candidate Screening Quiz (click here). You can also view a list of eligibility requirements here

AmeriCorps Information

The LFA Hometown Fellowship is a one-year AmeriCorps service year. As a AmeriCorps members, Fellows gain access to another incredible network of service-driven leaders, a student loan forgiveness scholarship, and much more. Due to AmeriCorps regulations, there are also prohibited activities candidates should review before applying. Learn more here.

Building a Competitive Application

The LFA Hometown Fellowship application consists of background information, three brief essay questions, and several short-response questions. View a sample full application and example responses here. View a sample full application and example responses here.

Fellowship Benefits

Review the full range of benefits offered to LFA Fellows while participating in the program. Click here to learn more.

Optional Nominations

Nominations are an optional step in the application process. We recommend you read through the nomination process information to understand why it can only help, not hurt, your application. Click here to learn more.

Preparing for Finalist Interview

View a list of tips on how to best prepare for your Finalist Interview. View preparation tips here.

Candidate FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions about the Fellowship selection process. View here.

Engage With Us

Register for any of our upcoming info sessions or send an email to our team. View options here.

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