How To Apply

Each Farber class is a carefully curated cohort of student leaders looking to apply their skills for enduring social good. We look for a combination of aptitude and intuition combined with a passion for the work and a desire to move our enterprises — and the larger movement of building an inclusive economy — forward. As with many fellowships, the applicant pool can far outpace availability, so the below seeks to demystify our application process in detail.

2025 Application Cycle Key Dates

  • Application Opens: December 11, 2024
  • Application Closes: January 17, 2025
  • Info Session: January 8, 2025
  • First Round Interviews: January 24 – February 14, 2025
  • Second Round Interviews: February 3 – March 7, 2025
  • Offers Made: February 10 – March 14, 2025

We host on-campus info sessions in November and December, where possible, and offer an online info session in January for those who cannot attend in person. If you’d like to receive notification when the application opens, or request an on-campus info session, please send an email to:

You’ll be asked to submit a brief application on your background (including your CV) plus responses to two short essay questions on your impact aspirations and on your project management capabilities. Applications will then be evaluated to determine which candidates move on to the interview.

All qualified applicants will be invited to an interview with a Farber alum that includes a series of behavioral and case questions to determine how you think through a problem set, both in substance and approach. Each candidate will be evaluated based on work experience, leadership, potential for success in the fellowship, and performance on a case study that will be introduced live in the session. To prepare, familiarize yourself with our approach by diving into our website and imagine what possible “practice case questions” may arise given our current portfolio. After all first round interviews are complete, our team will huddle internally to determine which candidates move on to the second round.

The structure of the second round interview is in many ways a riff off of the first, with two distinctions: the case that will be reviewed is from a different scenario to help us look at your problem solving from multiple angles, and the interview will be with a REDF staff member will who directly liaise with our fellows.

After the interviews, REDF staff evaluate each candidate and work to match qualified candidates with project openings for the summer. We aim to extend offers by xxxxxxx.