Career Development

Become an Emerging City Champion

The K880 Emerging City Champions Fellowship is now open for applications from young civic innovators with ideas to make their cities more livable. Supported by Knight Foundation and led by 8-80 Cities, the fellowship is open to innovators based in the eight resident communities where Knight invests: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Macon, Ga.; Miami; Philadelphia; San Jose, Calif.; and St. Paul, Minn.

The fellowship will equip 24 young leaders with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to make immediate and lasting impact in their communities.

Successful applicants will receive:

  1. A $5,000 grant to implement their project idea.
  2. An all-expense paid trip to the K880 Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto, Canada where they will receive practical training from established civic leaders.
  3. Ongoing support from 8-80 Cities and a professional mentor in their related field.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 19-35.
  • Live in one of the eight Knight resident communities mentioned above. Their project idea must also benefit a community in that city.
  • Available to attend the K880 Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto in June 2015.

Applications will be accepted until May 8 at For more information on the K880 Emerging City Champions Fellowship please contact Ryan O’Conner at

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