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Apply to become


DreamSF Fellow!

The DreamSF Fellowship allowed me to create long lasting friendships with like-minded individuals that share my struggles and understand me. This fellowship opened the door to networking opportunities and helped gain a multitude of professional contacts. This opportunity has led to job opportunities that I'm still benefiting from to this day.
Luis Quiroz, DreamSF Fellow, 2017
This program is welcome to everyone who meets the minimum qualifications. You can apply regardless
of your immigration status.
The DreamSF Fellowship is a paid leadership and professional development program for immigrants in the Bay Area.

Applications for the 2023-2024 DreamSF cohort are now closed.

Eligibility Requrements

Eligibility Requirements

You can apply to the DreamSF Fellowship if you are:


  • 18 years of age or older

  • Living in the Bay Area

  • Available 20 hours a week

  • Available from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm every Friday

  • Proficient in English

You also need to be currently enrolled, planning to enroll in, or recent graduate from an educational program such as a 2 or 4-year university or trade school.

You must also:

  • Commit to a 6 month or 11 month fellowship

  • Be invested in working with and supporting immigrant communities.

  • Have an immigrant experience and a strong connection to your immigrant community.

  • Fluency in an additional language is preferred, but not required.

Learn more about the DreamSF application process in our FAQ section.


What you'll need

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The DreamSF Fellowship application you will be asked to provide basic personal and professional information.


You will also respond to 5 short answer essays, up to 500 words each. 

Short answer questions and essay topics are about your professional skills, goals, and interests; the role migration has played in your life; your connection to immigrant communities; and your personal growth.

How to submit your application:

Review the checklist below and submit a complete application by the deadline. Check that you have completed and proofread all essay responses.​


Your application is ready to submit with the following:

  • A clear commitment to a 6 month or 11 month fellowship track at the time of the application

  • A complete list of all possible time commitments for the next six months (or eleven months, depending on the track)

  • Confirmation that you are available to attend weekly enrichment seminars on Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm 

  • Confirmation that you can commit to 20 hours a week, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm for the duration of your fellowship

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Frequently Asked Questions

The DreamSF Fellowship gave me an opportunity to figure out who I wanted to be. As an immigrant in this country, there are so many times that I didn’t know who I was and didn’t know how to even start. Thanks to the fellowship and my amazing cohort, I was able to build a solid group of friends and mentors who guide me and can share similar experiences. 
Maria Gavaldon, DreamSF Fellow, 2017
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