Applications for the June 2018 Fellowship are CLOSED. January 2019 Fellowship Applications to open this Fall.

Training dates in Washington DC are Sunday, June 10th 2018 through Saturday, June 16th 2018.


Decisions which impact the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs can have drastic consequences for the lives of servicemembers, veterans and their families. That's why Veterans need to be proactive in educating the general public on military and veterans' issues, and to become engaged with all levels of government.

We're here to facilitate and prepare veterans for those important conversations, and we'd like to give you the opportunity to join us in our next class of High Ground Veterans Advocacy Fellows.

Classes are small and tailored to the individual advocacy goals of each Fellow. Check out our previous Fellows to see the issues they've worked on.



Applicants must have served in the United States military and be an active member in any reputable military or veteran-focused organization, or be part of the immediate surviving family of a fallen United States Veteran. We do not discriminate against veterans with "bad-paper."

Who should apply:

Veterans with a serious interest in advocacy and being engaged in the policymaking process. Have you ever felt that the VA, DoD or other agency is letting people fall through the cracks? Have you ever seen a problem with government and thought "someone should fix that"? If so, this is your opportunity to learn what it takes to enact positive change for our country.

Once a Fellow, Always a Fellow:

Policymaking is an iterative process that takes a lot of time and effort. From the moment our Fellows are accepted into the program, our team begins to mentor and advise you so that you can accomplish your desired advocacy goals. The training in Washington is only the beginning of our Fellows' policymaking journey. Applicants should be aware that persistence and long-term commitment are required to shape national policies.


    Application Requirements that can be quickly Completed in the google form below:

    1. Basic personal information
    2. A very short "elevator pitch" essay (1000 characters maximum, about 250 words).

    Go to the end and submit the form to save your progress.


    Additional Required Supporting documents:

    1. DD-214 (Note: survivors are asked to upload comparable proof-of-service of their servicemember/veteran)
    2. Resumé 
    3. 2-3 Page Policy Proposal
    4. A Letter of Recommendation

    Application Deadline DEADLINE: Sunday, March 11th 11:59pm

    Fill out your application now!
    To save your work on an incomplete application, please make sure you go to the final page and click 'submit.' You can update your application at any time before the deadline.


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