Ukombozi Fellowship Program

Join the Fellowship

Applications to the 2021-2022 Ukombozi Fellowship closed April 30, 2021. If you are interested in being a part of our next cohort please contact us above.

Why you should apply

Fueled by the RE Collective and Houston in Action, the Ukombozi Fellowship is a year-long fellowship program for BIPOC and aspiring white allies interested in becoming part of a regional network of leaders dedicated to breaking barriers and advancing racial equity across industries.

The program is intended for new and emerging professionals in Texas working across various fields. Ideally, fellowship candidates will be those who seek to build their capacity to lead or step into leadership roles as their own work evolves.

This year-long program is built on trust between fellows and the facilitators. Each participant will receive a baseline and two follow up assessments to evaluate their leadership growth potential.

Our curriculum takes a comprehensive approach to racial equity, rejecting one-size-fits-all models.

At the end of this year-long fellowship, participants will join a growing network of anti-racist leaders who support the work and build a movement throughout the state of Texas.

What you will learn

Our fellowship offers formal, hands-on training to help you better understand how to dismantle racially oppressive systems and lead in your organization and community.

Following a week-long orientation aimed at helping new fellows build a shared analysis for how to approach liberation through racial justice, our curriculum focuses on four primary areas of focus:


Strengthening Racial Justice Lens

Learn how to critically assess the impact of racism by examining your own experiences and developing an anti-racist lens that will support your leadership development and collective action.


Technical Skill-Building

Receive training and support to help build tangible skills needed to effectively lead and “operationalize” racial justice in your chosen spaces.


Organizing & Advocacy

Develop engagement strategies in organizing and leading anti-racist policy advocacy and civic engagement experiences with BIPOC and across your communities.


Organizational Leadership

Acquire anti-racist leadership skills that allow you to develop clear strategies that promote a culture of racial equity within your organizations.

What it costs

Attend our year-long fellowship for $1,250

Organizational leaders are encouraged to identify staff and sponsor their participation in this program. The 2021 fellowship will cultivate twenty participants.

The fellowship is open to all individuals who aspire to become anti-racist leaders with an emphasis placed on the equitable recruitment of BIPOC.

Need financial assistance? Apply!

As you complete your application, you will be asked about your financial needs. Tuition assistance will be awarded to fellows in need while funds last.

2021 Program Timeline

  • JAN 2021 – JUNE 2021

    Fellow application & selection process

  • JULY 2021

    Orientation (1 week)

  • AUG 2021 – MAY 2022

    Ongoing monthly trainings, dialogues and coaching

  • JAN 2022 – JUN 2022

    Implementation of social change projects

  • July 2022

    2021-2022 program concludes. Welcome new fellows