Dream Summer Fellowship (Sponsored by UCLA Dream Resource Center)

Moving into its tenth year, Dream Summer has provided over 694 fellowship opportunities to immigrant youth and allies and has partnered with over 250 social justice organizations across the country. Dream Summer:

  • Empowers immigrant youth to be the next generation of social justice leaders through leadership and professional development, movement building, and on-the-ground experience in social justice organizations.
  • Creates a safe and healing space for immigrant youth to connect and build with one another.
  • Promotes an intersectional, cross-racial, and intergenerational approach to social justice that addresses the needs of immigrant communities.

Participants are placed within social justice-based organizations and work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the role of immigrant issues alongside the organization’s social justice work. Over the summer, fellows engage and lead social justice efforts by aligning the call for immigrant rights issues alongside the unique challenges of queer and transgender communities; Asian and Pacific Islander communities; Black immigrant communities; the ongoing mass incarceration and criminalization of people of color; worker rights; and health care access for all.

Dream Summer fellows receive a $5,000 fellowship award for their participation in the program, leadership and professional development training, and become part of a national alumni network of over 650 immigrant rights leaders.

Fellow Application Process

The deadline for fellows to apply is February 14, 2020 at 12 PM PST. Potential fellow applicants, please review the following links:

For questions, please contact Dream Summer coordinators Mayra Castro and Leticia Bustamante at ucladreamsummer@gmail.com.


ELAC scholars applying to this fellowship are welcomed to visit the ELAC Dream Resource Center (Room: E1-142) for application support.