Community Change and Social Equity

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC–to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity–by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region.

The Autry Fellowship celebrates the life and perpetuates the work of the late George B. Autry, founding president of MDC. For 32 years, he led MDC with a passion for improving opportunities for people and places struggling to keep pace with economic and social change.

The ideal Autry Fellow is open-minded and compassionate, curious and reflective, and deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity.

To learn more about the Autry Fellowship and to stay up-to-date on MDC’s work, visit our website ( and like us on Facebook( Applicants must submit a complete application (available for download along with a resume by Mon, Jan. 13 at 5pm. You should get confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of submission. MDC staff will notify all candidates of their status within four weeks of the deadline and choose the Fellow immediately following an interview day the week ofFeb. 17.