"It Begins Here"
Fellowship Program

ReflectUS "It Begins Here" Fellowship

The Fellowship program, powered by the ReflectUS Coalition members, is geared towards women from working-class backgrounds in Texas. 

The Fellowship is a six-month program designed to engage civically-minded women towards political leadership. This year we are excited to double the number of women being accepted into the Fellowship. Each cohort will include capacity-building workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities led by ReflectUS Coalition.

Words of Wisdom from the Inaugural "It Begins Here" Fellows

About the "It Begins Here" Fellowship Program

The “It Begins Here” Fellowship is designed specifically for women in Texas by women in Texas and will help excel women into greater political leadership opportunities.

Kimberly Sawyer, Interim Texas Program Manager

Unique Position

ReflectUS Texas is in the unique position to bring together thought-leaders, experts, elected officials, and advocates in the Texas women’s representation movement towards building greater representation in political leadership.

Six-month Program

Over the course of 6 months, women from Texas communities will participate in capacity-building workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities aimed at guiding and supporting them as they begin or further their path towards political leadership.

National Network of Partners

Workshops will be powered by ReflectUS and local experts on topics ranging from fundraising and financing campaigns, public speaking and storytelling, selecting campaign staff, and managing personal finances.

Work Hard to Succeed

The goal is to support women in Texas to confidently seek all positions of political and civic leadership in order to have a more reflective government.



Applications can be submitted via PDF to fellowship@reflect.us or via TypeForm. Application deadline for the “It Begins Here” Fellowship program is Thursday, June 30, 2022.

ReflectUS will contact applicants in July 2022 to conduct interviews by the Fellows Selection Committee. The selected 2022 – 2023 Fellows will be contacted directly through email no later than Friday, July 29, 2022.

The selection process involves two phases. During the first phase, a panel of ReflectUS staff and partners will read all of the applications and selects a pool of finalists for further review by the Fellows Selection Committee. During the second phase, the Committee conducts interviews with finalists. The final selections are made based on this second reading and the interview.

ReflectUS is a non-partisan, non-political entity. The Fellowship is not affiliated with any political party or entity. As such, we’re looking for Fellows who bring a diverse set of political opinions and perspectives to the program.

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of application submission.
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • All applicants must reside in Texas.
  • Fellows are encouraged to be eligible to seek appointed/elected leadership roles in their communities.
  • Fellows are expected to be an active Fellow for the entire period of their Cohort. For Fall cohort members that is August 2022 – January 2023. For Spring cohort members that is February 2023 – July 2023.
  • Fellows will collaborate with the Texas Program Manager to create your personalized strategic plan to begin your leadership journey.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the mandatory webinars (or in-person meetings), other mandatory training opportunities hosted by ReflectUS, attend mandatory social events and turn in any assignments assigned to them.
  • More than 2 absences will be a reason for us to re-evaluate your fellowship commitment and we will have the right to remove you from the program.

On the application, please indicate the cohort you are applying for (Fall 2022 or Spring 2023). For the Fall 2022 cohort the program will begin on Saturday, August 20, 2022 and run through January 21, 2023. We anticipate the Spring 2023 cohort will begin in February 2023 and run through July 2023. Details will be provided upon Fellows being offered a spot in the program. 

  • Participation in the 6-month program
  • Ongoing skill-building and training opportunities
  • Guidance in developing and executing an individual pipeline blueprint
  • Upon completion of the Fellowship, participation in a national network of leaders poised to contribute to parity in politics and exposure to opportunities provided by ReflectUS Coalition Member’s programming.

It’s important to us that applicants with disabilities can fully participate in our process. The Fellowship program will provide reasonable accommodations deemed necessary for qualified applicants and Fellows to participate in the selection process and in the Fellowship. If you are a qualified applicant and require a reasonable accommodation to complete the application, please contact our team here.

"It Begins Here" Fellowship Application Is Now Open​

Applications may be submitted via PDF email to fellowship@reflect.us or via TypeForm.
Applications must be submitted by Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Do you know a great aspiring political leader? Nominate them to apply today!

Read all about why we started the “It Begins Here” Fellowship on the ReflectUS Blog!

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