About to graduate? Read up on this list of masters programs. Although DFA has no direct involvement with these programs, we consider ourselves a pipeline for students headed in these directions as they make decisions about life after school. If you are interested in any of these, please contact your fellow as we will try and support you in any way possible.

Fellowship Opportunities:

Design for America!
Applications Closed. Design for America is looking to hire up-and-coming innovative talent from our studios to work as a full-time, paid DFA Fellow. All DFAers are encouraged to apply. Like Julian, Rob, and Giselle, DFA Fellows get to work on their own organizational projects, mentor teams & studios, and be a major part of the growth and success of DFA. Submit your interest by January 1st and applications are due January 17th. We hope to hear from you!

Applications Closed. The IDEO.org Global Fellowship Program fosters social sector leaders of the future. By bringing together talented people from the design, business, and social sectors, IDEO.org Fellows are working, learning, growing and innovating to make the world a better place. Think you have what it takes to be a 2014-2015 Fellow? Find out more information about the criteria and apply by January 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm PST.

“Our program is a creative leadership accelerator for professionals with the potential to scale their expertise and incorporate new ways of working. As an education-focused d.fellow, you’ll receive a full-time salary and benefits to commit to a 10-month experience during the academic year. During this time, you’ll develop and launch an initiative using the resources of our d.K12 Lab Network, the d.school, Stanford and the Silicon Valley community.”

Harvard (Loeb Fellowship)
Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In the middle of promising careers shaping the built and natural environment, accomplished practitioners step away from their hectic professional lives. For one academic year, they take classes at the GSD and throughout Harvard’s vast network of professional and academic schools. They read, write, talk with professors, mentor students and expand their horizons. Their goals:  to become better at their craft, to strengthen their leadership skills, and to change the world with their unique perspectives.

Walker (Mildred S. Friedman Design Fellowship)
We are searching for designers who are comfortable and adept at developing projects for both print and screen and can move fluidly between media. Ideal candidates will be firmly grounded in visual design principles and the print design process with demonstrated experience in interaction design and front-end development. In addition to print projects such as exhibition identities and collateral materials, this year’s fellow will be focusing on select projects such as design updates to the Walker website, online publishing initiatives, and our first e-publishing project. The fellow will join an accomplished team of professionals known for creating industry-leading work.

Center for Craft Creativity and Design (Windgate Fellowship)
Each year, ten graduating seniors working in a craft medium or process are awarded a $15,000 Windgate Fellowship Award. Over 100 colleges and universities across the country are invited to nominate two applicants for the online panel selection process.

Parsons (OSF Parsons Fellowship)
The Parsons Fellowship was launched in 2007 starting with five NGOs in Africa and the former Soviet Union. Fellows provided four weeks of on-site support, followed by four months of off-site technical assistance. To date, more than twenty NGOs have benefited from the Fellowship in more than fifteen countries, and thus bolstered their advocacy campaigns, addressing health and human rights issues such as: access to essential medicines; HIV prevention services for people who use drugs; pain relief and palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses; community- based care for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses; rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; and health equity through greater government accountability.


Masters Programs:

Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI)
Northwestern. Evanston, Illinois. The Master of Science Program in Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI) is a 15-month, full-time graduate program that teaches engineers how to address design problems using a human-centered approach. While solving the needs of real people, EDI students are introduced to design thinking — an innovative process of user observation, visualization, rapid prototyping, and iteration.

Design for Social Innovation (DSI)
School of Visual Arts, NYC. DSI is a two-year Masters Program that was founded to identify and prepare the next leaders in Design for Social Innovation. Work in business, government, non-profits, academia or as entrepreneurs –you don’t need to have design experience to apply. Learn why students from around the world are choosing design for social innovation. First deadline for applications is January 15th:

IIT Institute of Design
Chicago, Illinois. The Master of Design (MDes) program welcomes students from around the world who examine the world from a keen, critical viewpoint and desire to make real change at a systemic and strategic level. Following the program, they become thought leaders, researchers, strategists and change agents at many of the most influential global organizations.

Baltimore, Maryland. MICA’s Social Design (MA) is a 1-year, interdisciplinary graduate program that explores the designer’s role and responsibility in society, challenges conventional ways of thinking, facilitates new institutional collaborations, utilizes design and the design process to bring about social change, and strives to create contexts in which ideas can be sustained.