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Public Voices Fellowship Greenhouse Program

Northwestern University is partnering with OpEd Project to present the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Greenhouse Program in Summer 2020. This three-month program provides a select group of Northwestern scholars across all disciplines with the resources, support and skills needed in order to dramatically increase their visibility and influence as thought leaders in academia and the world at large.

Program Application

The Public Voices Greenhouse Program is open to all active, full-time Northwestern University faculty who have not already participated in a program either at Northwestern or elsewhere. Faculty must have a full‐time active academic appointment and must be able to attend all three day-long sessions and to dedicate time for writing over the course of Summer 2020.

Applications for the Summer 2020 Greenhouse Program will be due in January 2020. Please check back on this website for an on-line submission form. All questions and inquiries on the Public Voices Greenhouse Program should be sent to

Program Details

Designed for bold, concrete results in a short time frame, participants convene 3 times (over a period of 12 weeks) for day-long workshops designed to expand thinking, amplify expertise, promote collaboration, increase dialogue across opposition, and generate concrete results. Each workshop focuses on a core concept and variety of media platforms. Convenings also provide a means for participants to collide, cross-pollinate and generate new ideas and results.

The three dates for Summer 2020 will be:

If you are accepted into the program, you must be able to attend all three monthly gatherings. Attendance is mandatory, as this is an intensive summer program.

Dedicated Coaching/Editing

In between each seminar, two or more dedicated OpEd Project Mentor-Editors will provide individual coaching and feedback by phone and email, and hold regular (non-obligatory; akin to office hours) check‐in chat sessions and conference calls. The Mentor-Editors will edit, support, cajole, look for news hooks, provide individual feedback and encouragement, and otherwise support participants in any way s/he appropriately can, to ensure participants to succeed.

Ongoing, High-Level Mentoring

Finally, throughout the program year and for three months beyond, the Public Voices Greenhouse Fellows will have access to the OpEd Project’s national network of Mentor-Editors: eighty extremely high‐level media thought leaders (among them: Pulitzer Prize winners, genius grant winners, former New York Times editorial board members, war correspondents, and nationally syndicated columnists) who each volunteer to mentor one Fellow a month. Fellows can use this resource any time they would like individual feedback on an idea or argument they are advancing in the form of an op‐ed—as often as they like and as many times as they like throughout the program year and one year beyond.

More About the OpEd Project

The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world, starting with more women. We envision a world where the best ideas—regardless of where or whom they come from—will have a chance to be heard and to shape society and the world. We have successfully piloted programs to advance minority and women’s voices with major organizations and universities nation-wide, with stunning results: nearly 5,000 women and men have come through The OpEd Project, and have assumed thought leadership positions (via op-eds and much more) in virtually every major media outlet, conservatively reaching hundreds of millions of readers. As a direct result participants have gone on to speak on national TV and radio, advance their research and teaching careers, earn book contracts (or generate larger/more popular audiences for existing academic books), consult on national policy issues, take new leadership roles at their institutions, brief Congress, and become nationally recognized for their ideas. 

Northwestern University has partnered with the OpEd Project since 2012. Meet our outstanding Public Voices Fellowship alums and read about their work HERE.