Alaska Fellows Program

The Alaska Fellows Program (AFP) is a fall-to-spring residential fellowship program that nurtures the next generation of Alaska-based leaders by pairing talented young people with strong communities and professional mentors.

Initially launched with a small pool of Yale graduates in 2014, the program now boasts alumni from 28 states and five countries and hosts fellows in Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka — and starting in fall 2020, Fairbanks. Forty-one percent of alumni continue to live and work in Alaska for a year or more following their fellowships.

By attracting young, dynamic professionals to the state of Alaska, AFP arrests and reverses the “brain drain” of young people supersaturating in Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and D.C. AFP also helps Alaska retain homegrown talent by connecting born-and-raised Alaskans with high-impact opportunities in their home state.

Fellows serve with a dynamic non-profit or public-sector organization for the fellowship term and receive modest living stipends and housing. Fellows live communally, work closely with professional mentors, and make lasting contributions to their host community.

Fellows attend opening and closing retreats as well as two facilitated “convenings” — events that draw together fellows across all three sites to cultivate connections, friendships, and common identity.

Fellows are backed by a well-connected team of community members that help make introductions, integrate Fellows into the community (e.g. Arctic Entries, Stardust Ball, Alaska Folk Fest), and share high-octane experiences in outdoor, civic, and community life.

Further Reading

For more on program structure, read our program guide.

For more on program background and history, read our master chronology.

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Our Team

Meredith Redick (Executive Director) is a graduate of Yale College and a 2016-’17 Sitka alumna. She holds dual degrees in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and English literature, as well as certificates in elementary and bilingual education. She has worked with UAS-Sitka and Sitka Tribe of Alaska since moving to Sitka in 2016. (director@alaskafellows.org)

Ira Slomski-Pritz (Program collaborator, Anchorage coordinator) is a graduate of Yale College, an alumnus of both the Sitka and Anchorage sites, former staffer to Alaska Governor Bill Walker, and a NOLS instructor. (irasp124@gmail.com)

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (Program collaborator, founder) was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, attended Yale College, and now represents his hometown and a dozen-plus other rural Southeast communities in the Alaska Legislature. (jonathan.s.kt@gmail.com)

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY

Alaska Fellows Program is a project coordinated through Outer Coast, a private school recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Code Sec. 501(a) and described in Code Sec. 501(c)(3). Outer Coast welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including international students and non-traditional students. Outer Coast offers equal access to educational opportunity regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, creed, age, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran’s status, intellectual or political conviction or affiliation, physical or mental disabilities for which reasonable accommodations can be made, or any other legally protected category.