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Become a ZERO TO THREE Fellow!

Apr 28, 2016

The application period for the Class of 2016-2018 ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program closed on Sunday, June 12th, 2016.

Is the Fellowship right for you?

ZERO TO THREE seeks skilled leaders (5 years or more of professional experience) who possess the passion and will to use the potential of their position to advance change in programs, systems, and policies that would positively affect the well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Candidates should have a specific vision for change in their professional context and a desire to promote that change through collaboration and partnership across roles, disciplines, and sectors. Ideal candidates are eager to innovate, take and manage risks, listen and learn, inspire others, and embrace challenge. Consistent with ZTT’s commitment to ensure that leaders reflect the broad diversity of the infant-family field, we seek candidates who identify as a member of an underrepresented population, serve children and families in underrepresented populations, reside in diverse geographic locations, and represent a diversity of disciplines which include (but not limited to):

Fellows represent a diversity of disciplines:
Infant and early childhood development Early care and education
Infant mental health Child welfare
Psychology Sociology
Education Nursing
Home visiting Psychiatry
Pediatrics Public policy
Early intervention Social work
Journalism Law
Community activists Community organizers
Economics Epidemiology
Philanthropy Business

Benefits of Fellowship

The fellowship provides a vast array of experiences that will deepen your knowledge, strengthen your skills, expand your network, and enhance your confidence as a leader and change agent. These experiences include:

Experiential and reflection retreats

Four retreats, each 3 days in length, held in the DC metro area provide opportunity for the class of 10 Fellows to come together for shared learning around specific core content areas and for reflection on issues of leadership, self-awareness, and professional aspirations.

Self-directed and remote learning

Assigned readings, regular conference calls, webinars, and other suggested learning experiences will provide opportunities for extended learning around core content and other areas of interest between retreats.

Relationship-building and networking

The fellowship provides opportunities to build deep and meaningful relationships between members of the fellowship class. In addition, Fellows will have opportunities to build-relationships and network with ZTT staff, Board members, and Academy Fellows.

ZTT Professional Meetings

As part of the fellowship experience, Fellows will attend the 2016 ZERO TO THREE Conference and the 2018 ZERO TO THREE Scientific Meeting. These professional development opportunities serve to deepen your knowledge and expand your professional network.

Individualized Support/Mentoring

We are committed to ensuring that each Fellow receives the support necessary for a successful fellowship experience. Based on the unique need(s) of each Fellow, they will be connected to a ZTT staff member, Academy Fellow, or Board member who can provide support and/or mentoring.

Core Content

The fellowship is organized around the following five major core content areas:

  1. Vision for Change Action Plan — The Action Plan is the centerpiece of the Fellowship experience. It is an opportunity for each Fellow to engage in substantive learning and planning around an issue/challenge related to infants and toddlers in your professional context that requires collaboration and collective action to “move the needle” on the issue.
  2. Leadership development/self-awareness/reflective practice
  3. Multidisciplinary/cross-sector collaboration and partnership
  4. Local/state/federal public policy and advocacy
  5. Verbal/written media communication and messaging

Fellowship Duration and Retreat Dates

The 2016-18 Fellowship Class will begin October 2016 and end April 2018.


The Dates Are:

  • December 6-9, 2016 (ZERO TO THREE Conference-New Orleans, LA)
  • March 7-10, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • June 6-9, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • September 12-15, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • January 23-26, 2018 (Washington, DC)
  • April 15-17, 2018 (Graduation at ZTT Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC)

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates may be revised.

Historically, the ZTT fellowship experience has been provided at no expense to the Fellow. However, we are requesting that each Fellow, to the extent possible, utilize professional development and/or training funds that are available within their organization/agency/institution to help cover travel expenses. If a Fellow does not have access to such funds, ZTT will cover the full cost of the fellowship. The availability, or lack thereof, of professional development/training funds will have NO bearing on the selection process.

Note: While international candidates are welcomed to apply for the fellowship, ZERO TO THREE does not cover travel expenses associated with the fellowship program for International Fellows. Please email Lynette Aytch if you have questions.

Application Process

Anyone who is interested in this Fellowship Program can submit an application beginning Monday, May 2nd through Sunday, June 12th (11:59 P.M. Eastern Time). The required components of the application are:

  • Applicant Contact & Professional Information
  • Essay Questions
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (from individuals who have worked with you in a professional context)
  • Resume/Curriculum vita (maximum 5 pages)
  • Letter of Commitment (signed by applicant and appropriate supervisor)

The application period is now closed.


Please contact Lynette Aytch if you have any questions or concerns regarding the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program. Email here at or call at (202) 857-2967.

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    Lynette Aytch

    Director, Leadership Development


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