Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship provides the opportunity for a talented, passionate recent college graduate to work as a paid staff member for one year, addressing pressing issues of inequity in the South.


  • Commitment to equity issues in the South and ready to learn about the unique features of this region.
  • Meaningful direct experience with communities that are struggling.
  • Prior work, study or personal engagement in a variety of relevant areas, including public policy, education, economic and workforce development, poverty alleviation, sociology, political science, Southern studies, community development, leadership development, or a similar field.
  • Eager to apply knowledge and lived experience to efforts for social and economic equity.
  • Ability to communicate and work with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Commitment to MDC's mission.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential.
  • In final year of undergraduate studies or have graduated within the past two years.


Applicants must be U. S. citizens in their final year of undergraduate studies or have graduated within two years from any four-year college or university.


  • Salary beginning at $36,000 and adjusted based on work experience
  • 15 days of paid vacation leave
  • Subsidized accrued health insurance; dental and vision offered at affordable rates
  • Competitive 401(k) retirement plan with generous employer match


The application process is competitive.  A panel comprising members of MDC’s staff, Board of Directors and the Autry family reviews applications and awards the fellowship. References will be asked of finalists who are invited to interview for the fellowship.

MDC staff will notify all candidates of their initial status within four weeks of the application closing date and choose the Fellow immediately following an interview day in late February/early March. The Fellowship begins in the summer, with the start date to be negotiated.


Deadlines and additional information can be found on the Autry Website. 


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate


  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
  • Public Service


  • North America

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GWU Endorsement Required?