On July 4, 2026, the nation will mark the 250th anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence. To commemorate our nation’s founding we will celebrate its progress, spotlight the areas that hinder us from becoming a more perfect union, and spark conversations about the future of America.

New America’s Us@250 (pronounced “us at 250”) initiative seeks to accomplish this by employing three core themes in its work: pride in the nation’s progress from its origins, reckoning with historical and contemporary wrongs that have caused the nation to fall short of its ideals, and aspiration for an inclusive democracy governed by the principles of equality, fairness, and opportunity.

What is the Us@250 Fellowship?

The Us@250 Fellowship provides funding, resources, and community for those engaged in projects that seek to tell a more comprehensive American story; expand our concept of American culture and identity; create connections across differences; and model how an inclusive multiracial society might thrive. The fellowship will facilitate projects in civic engagement, narrative change and storytelling, and cultural education that foster public participation.

Us@250 Fellows will be actively engaged in the work of renewing, reimagining, and realizing the promise of America as we approach our 250th year as a nation.

What’s in It for You?

  • An honorarium of $10,000, paid in installments;
  • Regular engagements with the fellowship cohort to share best practices, workshop ideas and drafts, and facilitate new connections and collaborations;
  • Educational and professional development opportunities, including access to New America’s expertise and networks, and in-person and virtual panel discussions and seminars; and
  • Connection to the constellation of organizations, programs, and individuals working to protect democracy or mark the nation’s semiquincentennial to increase the awareness and visibility of your work.