Apply to the Dog Tag Fellowship Program

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The applications for our DC and Chicago programs have closed. Check back for the Summer 2022 application, which will open in January.

Over the course of five months, our fellows explore a variety of career paths, learn about resources available to them, and strengthen their personal and professional networks as they develop strategic plans for plausible business ideas as well as their own futures. A monthly stipend is provided to all fellows, and all program-related expenses are covered, so fellows do not need to use the GI Bill or other military benefits to participate.

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A Certificate from either Georgetown University or Loyola University - Chicago

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A storytelling course specifically designed for our fellows, to build confidence as they reflect on where they came from and where they want to go

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Time for integrated health and wellness techniques and reflection

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Hands-on learning through rotations within our small business, Dog Tag Bakery

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A capstone project, in which fellows workshop a business plan to be pitched at the end of the fellowship

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Networking opportunities with guest speakers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs

Eligibility Requirements:

Our program is being run virtually as our top priorities are the safety of the Dog Tag staff and fellows, and maintaining the quality of our program. We are currently assessing our program model to determine what a return to in person programming and timeline would look like.

Due to our current operating model, we encourage all to apply to the DC program, those located both in and out of the DMV area. Upon acceptance into the program we will update those who have been accepted on our operating status.

For the Chicago program only, all applicants must be located in the Greater Chicagoland Area.

  • Service members in transition, Guard and Reserve members, or post-9/11 veterans with service connected disabilities
  • Current and former military spouses* or caregivers
  • Eager to learn and be pushed to grow
  • Open to exploring entrepreneurship and civilian careers
  • Willing to contribute to a community and engage in personal and professional development

*All military spouses are eligible regardless of spouse's military status or VA rating.

Please note: Dog Tag does not accept veterans and their spouses and/or caregivers simultaneously due to the intensive nature of the program and our belief in maintaining a healthy work/life balance.


Tips for Success:

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to submit these forms. Here is a quick guide on how to get started.
  • This initial eligibility form should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Once you have submitted the eligibility form and it has been reviewed by Dog Tag staff, you will receive an email with a personalized link to the application. This link will be sent within 2-3 business days of your submission of the eligibility form.
  • You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date.
  • We will follow up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure the email address you used to sign up for your Submittable account is the one that you check regularly. Please keep an eye on your spam folders as we have had issues in the past with these emails going to spam.
  • If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at

Recruitment Events

Want to learn more about what it's like to be part of the Dog Tag Fellowship Program? Join us for one of our upcoming virtual events to get all your questions answered, and take advantage of the opportunity to interact with Dog Tag staff and alumni.
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Program Elements: Our Proven Recipe

The Dog Tag Fellowship Program is comprised of five integrated program areas that work together to empower veterans, military spouses and caregivers to find, pursue, achieve, and sustain their futures.

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Total Program and Community-building Hours



Learning Labs

Fellows participate in over 138 hours of programming to explore careers and gain skills through workshops with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and subject-matter experts.




Fellows work to earn a customized business certificate from a top university in 119 hours of courses, gaining foundational business skills.



Hands-on Learning

Fellows spend over 113 hours solidifying lessons learned in class through immersion in Dog Tag Bakery, our small business, earning real leadership and teamwork experience.




Fellows participate in 140 hours of activities designed to provide opportunities and strategies to process their past, reflect on their current experiences, and envision their future.




Fellows spend over 57 hours utilizing strategic thinking, planning, and decision-making skills to develop a robust business plan, solidifying the value of an entrepreneurial mindset. The capstone pushes fellows to envision their futures.

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