Wellstone Fellowship

The 2012-2013 Fellowship

During the 12 years he served as a Senator from Minnesota, Paul D. Wellstone earned a reputation as an advocate for social justice and as an outspoken champion for those who lack a voice in the national arena. Senator Wellstone was also a strong and vocal proponent of high-quality, affordable health care for all. To honor his life and legacy, Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, established the Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice in 2004.

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.

Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial and ethnic minority groups, including American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities. The goal of the Wellstone Fellowship program is three-fold:

  1. To address disparities in access to health care;
  2. To inspire Wellstone Fellows to continue to work for social justice throughout their lives; and
  3. To increase the number and racial and ethnic diversity of up-and-coming social justice advocates and leaders.

Families USA will select one talented and motivated candidate to fill this 12-month fellowship.


Click here for a more detailed description, qualifications, and the selection process.


Click here for application procedures and a downloadable application form.

Click here for frequently asked questions about the fellowship.

For more information about the Wellstone Fellowship, contact Melissa Rosenblatt at 202-628-3030 or at wellstonefellowship@familiesusa.org

For information about the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice, click here.

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