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Autry Fellowship

Provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC (Manpower Development Corps), an organization dedicated to equality and opportunity in Southern communities.


The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC—to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity—by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit the region.

Selection Criteria

The ideal Autry Fellow is open-minded and compassionate, curious and reflective, and deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity.


Qualifications include:

  • a commitment to equity issues in the South
  • the capacity to understand complex economic and social issues and communicate those issues clearly and persuasively
  • the ability to communicate and work with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • a commitment to MDC's mission
  • prior work or study 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
  • demonstration of leadership potential in the areas of interest
  • excellent communication, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • United States residency
  • candidates must be in their final year of undergraduate studies or have graduated within two years


Scholars are awarded positions as full-time, paid staff members at the MDC.


Program lasts for one calendar year.

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Autry Fellowship