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The 2020 Innovation Fellowship

The Knowledge House Innovation Fellowship is designed to promote technology-based career opportunities for NYC residents in the areas of web development, data science, and design. The fellowships will serve New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds, some with little to no formal post-secondary education or tech experience, and turn them into entry-level programmers.


Data Science with Python

Companies worldwide are using Python to harvest insights from their data and get a competitive edge. This course will take you through the fundamentals of Python programming to build apps that manipulate information on the web and beyond.

In the age of online content and social media, people are generating more data than ever before. It has become extremely crucial for companies, governments, and communities to be able to leverage this data to create new products and services, and to improve quality of life.

This class aims to take you from the level of a beginner to that of a junior data scientist. You will be capable of using the Python programming language to its fullest extent, pulling useful and actionable information out of the sea of data that surrounds us every day. In this class, you will learn how to access, clean and analyze web data, and how to work directly with databases using both Python and SQL.

You will be given real-world tasks, utilizing actual data sets to implement Python’s major data analysis libraries. You will also learn how to create online data dashboards to display your findings. This course will teach you these in-demand skills through projects and code challenges in a supportive community environment.

Program graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level data scientists and data analysts positions with companies such as Spotify and Netflix and will have the opportunity to earn a salary of $60,000 or more.


Web Development & Design

Providing you with the industry tools behind your favorite apps, from creating responsive interfaces with Facebook’s ReactJS to powerful server-side applications with Node JS and the Express framework, this course prepares you to break into the tech field as an entry-level web developer.

Throughout this course, you will learn how to create fullstack web applications designed for the web and mobile devices, that support a seamless user experience from one platform to the next.

The Javascript programming language is the backbone of the web and this Fellowship will bring you from the level of a beginner to that of a JS wizard through real-world practice and projects. You will work on real teams ideating, designing and finally building a real product, in addition to several personal projects including your online portfolio. This class will give you the skills, tools, and experience to enter the tech field and change your life.

Program graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level positions as software developers and web developers with companies such as Netflix and Facebook and will have the opportunity to earn a salary of $60,000 or more.


The Innovation Fellowship will run for 12-months beginning in September 2020. It offers project-based training, work-based learning and includes an opportunity for real-world application at the end of the program for eligible students.

In addition, as part of the fellowship, students will prepare for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud project-basedtitioner Certificate.

Student will also be provided with supportive services:


Laptops to use throughout the program

Paid internships during the final 3 months of the program

Metrocards for students to commute to and from the program

Incentive-based stipends

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NYC residents must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the 2020 Innovation Fellowship:

  • Make less than $50,000 a year
  • Possess basic computer literacy skills (typing, internet research, email, etc.)
  • Speak and understand English
  • Possess a high school diploma, GED, or High School Equivalency (HSE)
  • Complete the entire recruitment process and pass all assessments

It is free! No cost to you, at all

No. The fellowship is aimed at serving New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds, with little-to-no technical experience or post-secondary education.

Applicants applying for the Innovation Fellowship must do all of the following:

  • Complete an online application on TKH’s website

  • Complete a logic assessment

  • Attend an info session at TKH

  • Complete pre-work assignments

  • Attend pre-training workshops

  • Complete an in-person interview with TKH staff

  • Attend the vestibule period

The vestibule period is the final part of the application process, which will be an online pre-training program that will help students gain fundamental skills and allow them to hit the ground running for the fellowship.

Vestibule takes place in July and is made up of 7 modules on topics ranging from HTML and CSS to programming fundamentals.

The fellowship will run for 12 months and will include 9 months of technical and career instruction followed by a 3-month paid internship.

Classes will be held Monday-Thursday from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM ET, and will include a daily warm-up activity, student presentations, a lecture, independent lab time and a 30 minute food break.

The 2020 Innovation Fellowship is currently planned for in-person participation. Due to COVID-19, we are creating plans to launch virtually if needed.

Accepted students must also be available to attend ALL program days.

Classes will take place at The Knowledge House’s headquarters located at 363 Rider Avenue in the South Bronx. TKH is a short distance from Harlem and within close proximity to the 2, 4, 5 and 6 train lines, the Bx19, Bx1 and Bx2 buses, and amazing restaurants like Charlie’s and Mott Haven Bar and Grill.

Classes will be taught by experienced tech professionals, seasoned alumni, and guest speakers.

Students will need a laptop (one will be provided if necessary) and wi-fi access to successfully follow the course path at home. Office and classroom space will be made available during office hours and on weekends to all students.

As a fellow you may receive:

  • A laptop to use for the duration of the program
  • Subsidized Metrocards (for qualified students)
  • Incentive stipends
  • Coffee and snacks during class breaks
  • Access to co-working space and wifi outside of class hours

Program graduates will also:

  • complete a three-month paid internship during the last months of the fellowship
  • Receive free test prep and a fee waiver for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) certificate
  • Receive a letter of recommendation to assist their job search
  • Receive a certificate of completion at Demo Day, which may be transferable for 6 college credits at Hostos Community College

See the individual Data Science with Python and Fullstack with JavaScript course descriptions above for more information.

75% of graduates land their first technology role after TKH and ​50% land a full-time role at over $60k within 12 months.

As a Fellow you will receive:

  • Behavioral and technical interview prep
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Best practices on establishing the best LinkedIn presence and a professional digital footprint
  • Training on building networks and communication skills
  • Tips and guidance on mastering the job search
  • Access to financial literacy coaching

TKH’s Alumni Network is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind community focused on advancing the personal and professional growth of aspiring technologists. Being a part of the Alumni Network provides access to:

  • A growing, authentic group of young technologists with stories of resilience
  • Professional networks and job opportunities within the tech sector
  • Free access to coworking space & wi-fi
  • Continuous coaching support from staff via office hours
  • Access to free and low-cost social and professional development events and workshops

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