In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ANCA Western Region has decided to suspend the 2020-2021 term of the Walter and Laurel Karabian Fellowship, a 9 month experience in California that offers Armenian-Americans the opportunity to enhance their leadership and professional skills. The program was scheduled to start September 1, 2020 and run through May 31, 2021.

The Board did not make this decision lightly, however the safety and well-being of the fellows is of primary concern. By canceling the program now, we hope to avoid causing fellows additional disruption and uncertainty.We are already preparing for when we can once again resume recruitment for the following 2021-2022 term and bring qualified Armenian-American young professionals to participate in this unique program.

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The Walter and Laurel Karabian Fellowship is a 9 month experience in California that offers Armenian-Americans the opportunity to enhance their leadership and professional skills. The purpose of this fellowship will be to produce professionals in the public policy and political arena.


Through the ANCA-Western Region, the Walter and Laurel Karabian Fellowship offers this unique opportunity in the capital of the sixth-largest economy in the world, providing an invaluable experience to those with civic  ambitions.


Duration: 9 month program (September 1, 2020 – May 30, 2021) divided into 2 phases

Stipend: $1,800 per month ($16,200 for the term of the fellowship)

Housing: The fellowship may assist the fellow to find housing, to be paid from the fellow’s stipend

Networking Opportunities with local and state leaders that will expand the participants’ reach into California’s public policy and political environment

Series of Enrichment Seminars with local community and state leaders


Phase 1 (September 1 – December 31) – Placement in non-profit, advocacy organization, think tank, electoral politics, or labor.

Phase 2 (January 1 – May 30) – California State Legislature


  • Completed undergraduate degree
  • Ability to demonstrate community involvement
  • Track record of growth and achievement within the professional environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, presentation (written and oral), organization skills
  • Flexible and adaptable style
  • Demonstrated success at building followers and engaging audience across different platforms
  • Self-reliant and highly motivated


  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • College transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Policy Statement
  • Two recent letters of recommendation
  • Interview


  • May 15, 2020:  Applications deadline
  • May 31, 2020:  Notices for interviews
  • June 30, 2020:  Decision letters
  • September 1, 2020:  Program begins

Apply Online Below

All applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted online by May 15, 2020, 11:59PM