Thank you for your interest in applying for Challenge Detroit's next class of Fellows!

We are no longer accepting applications from Standard Applicant. If you are an Internal or CLF candidate, please proceed.

Please review our job description and requirements before submitting an application.

If you meet our requirements, please proceed.


Challenge Detroit values diversity, equity and inclusion as a cornerstone of our work. We welcome applications from all individuals who meet our requirements and encourage diverse representation of applicants from near and far, across races and ethnicities, gender experience and orientation, skills, experience and abilities.

Those who apply will be asked basic questions related to education, background and experience, and to submit the following:

  • one-page resume*
  • short essay response
  • 60-second video
  • optional reference

Please keep our timeline in mind:

  • Week of May 16 // Finalist Notification - Rolling (Standard Applicants Only. Internal & CL candidates will be notified of status based on independent timeline).
  • Wednesday, June 8 - Thursday, June 9, 2022 // Virtual Interview Experience (Required for All Finalists)

Thank you again for your interest! Please email us at if you have any questions.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Challenge Detroit Team

*If applicable to your industry (architecture, graphic design, etc.), you will also be asked to submit your portfolio link. Check our website for more details.

**In the event you encounter an issue, check out the Submittable Help Center.


(a) Each online applicant must submit and complete an application form including a video to be eligible to participate in the Program. Challenge Detroit (“Challenge Detroit”) has the right to reject applications for any reason. Upon final application submission, Challenge Detroit and/or its agents will own any and all content provided by the applicant and the copyright and all other intellectual property rights therein, and may edit content in any way without securing additional approval from applicant. Videos may be incorporated by Challenge Detroit into potential marketing materials which may be shared publicly without additional approval or authorization from applicants. Once a video has been submitted, applicant cannot edit the submitted video for any reason.

(b) If an applicant is selected as a finalist (a "Finalist"), the applicant will proceed to the mandatory interview round where Finalists will interview with Challenge Detroit program team ("Program Team'”) to determine which Finalists will participate in the Program (the "Fellows"). The applicant selection process will begin at time of submission through the date of program launch in September. These dates may be revised by Challenge Detroit or its agents in its sole discretion.

(c) Standard and Internal Applicants must (i) have a valid US driver’s license, valid federal id or valid passport (ii) be a legal United States resident and (iii) either possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or be enrolled at an accredited institution and actively pursuing a Bachelor's degree on at least a part-time enrollment basis with an expected graduation by the time Challenge Detroit launches in September. Degree must be received to participate in Challenge Detroit.

(d) Community Leader Applicants must (i) have a valid US driver’s license, valid federal id or valid passport (ii) be a legal United States resident and (iii) either possess a high school diploma or GED with relevant work experience.

(e) Each applicant must complete and submit an application and video before being eligible to participate in the interview process. In addition, all applicants chosen as Finalists must complete, sign, and timely return a Finalist Agreement, Release and Waiver Agreement and additional documents before being permitted to participate in the Program. The additional required documents may include, but will not necessarily be limited to, Disclosure and Authorization for Background Reports, Authorization for Release of Records and Information, personality test and confidentiality agreement (all of which will be furnished to the applicants). As part of the Release and Waiver Agreement, each Finalist must agree to, among other things, assume the risk of any and all injury, illness, death, damage, loss, or harm to the applicant and/or applicant property, howsoever caused, resulting from or arising out of the selection of Fellows, applicant participation in the Program as a Fellow or otherwise, and/or the production and/or exploitation of the Program. By agreeing to the terms of the confidentiality agreement, each Finalist will be required to, among other things, treat all information and material received or acquired in connection with participation in the Finalist selection process and Program (if selected as a Fellow), as strictly confidential. In connection with the Disclosure and Authorization for Background Reports and Authorization for Release of Records and Information, all Finalists must authorize the Program Team to conduct such full and complete background checks of the Finalist as the Program Team, in their sole discretion, deem necessary or appropriate. The Finalists will be required to cooperate fully with the Program Team in connection with such background investigations.

(f) Finalists and applicants must disclose if they have ever been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, other than minor traffic or parking violations. The Program Team reserves the right in their discretion to disqualify any Finalists or applicant based on such disclosures or any other information obtained.

(g) All Finalists must agree to abide by the user-generated content reporting responsibilities associated with the Program which will be provided to the Finalists. The Program team reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any applicant or Finalist at any time based on lack of fulfillment of these obligations or other lack of cooperation.

(h) The Program Team also reserves the right to contact applicants or Finalists to ask additional questions and/or conduct phone or virtual interviews to gather additional information about applicants/Finalists. Such phone or virtual interviews are not required and are at the Program Team’s sole discretion to assist in gathering information for Fellow selection. Finalists may be required to travel to a location or participate in virtual interviews. Challenge Detroit and its agents will not be responsible for any costs or expenses associated with travel to attend interviewing sessions.

(i) The Program Team is not responsible for applications not received. Due to the high volume of anticipated applications, the Program Team will not be able to answer any questions about the receipt or status of any application.

(j) The Program Team reserves the right to disqualify any applicant/Finalist/Fellow for any reason at any stage of the Program.

(k) By submitting an application, each applicant or Finalist agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless Challenge Detroit and the host companies listed here (the “Host Companies”) from all claims and damages arising out of or in connection with the applicant’s/Finalist’s participation in the application process or the Program itself, and to have the applicant’s/Finalist’s, voice and likeness used at the Program Team’s discretion as part of the Program, or as part of promotion arising out of or in connection with the Program, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised as further set forth in the Release and Waiver at the end of the application. Applicants/Finalists are required to obtain and include releases/permission for all third party participants, locations and music approvals featured in application videos and must extend usage rights for Challenge Detroit to use content in any and all media related to the Program. Challenge Detroit does not sanction and will not accept any video content which features reckless or unlawful activities and shows harm done to persons, places or things.

By submitting an application, I hereby acknowledge that: (i) I have read, and I meet and agree to be bound by, the above eligibility requirements and Rules; (ii) all information submitted in either the video and/or application is true and accurate; (iii) I understand that if any of the above information is found to be false, this will be grounds for my dismissal from the selection process, and/or from the Program, if selected; (iv) even if I meet the eligibility requirements, I understand there are no obligations to interview me, and/or select me as a Fellow; (v) even if I am selected as a Fellow, Challenge Detroit has no obligation to complete the Program, and (vi) all decisions by Challenge Detroit concerning selection of the Fellows are final and not subject to challenge or appeal.

By submitting this application, I hereby consent to the recording, use and reuse by Challenge Detroit and any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, business units, or affiliated entities and each of their respective employees, agents, officers and directors (collectively "Releasees") of my voice, actions, likeness, name, appearance and biographical material (collectively "Likeness") in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity, in or in connection with the Program. I agree that Releasees may use all or any part of my Likeness, and may alter or modify it, regardless of whether or not I am recognizable. I further agree that Releasees may use my Likeness and the content developed and generated by the Program in connection with any promotion, publicity, marketing or advertisement arising out of or in connection with the Program in any manner whatsoever. I release Releasees from any and all liability arising out of its use of my Likeness and/or the video. I hereby acknowledge I have obtained permission for any persons, places, locations, music etc featured in any content submitted by me, for use by Challenge Detroit and their respective assigns, licensees, and agents in any and all media without limitation or compensation. I hereby acknowledge and affirm that all actions and statements made by me are my own, made of my own freewill, and are truthful to the best of my knowledge. I agree not to make any claim against Releasees as a result of the use of my Likeness and/or the Video (including, without limitation, any claim that such use invades any right of privacy and/or publicity).

I understand that, as an applicant/Finalist/Fellow in the Program, I will not seek compensation from any employee or representative of Challenge Detroit and I will not be entitled to any compensation or employee benefits of any kind, and I agree to refrain from seeking same.

Challenge Detroit