How Fullstack Academy’s Web Development Fellowship Program Helps New Yorkers Break Into Tech

By: Emily Gregor

Through a partnership with the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, Fullstack Academy’s Web Development Fellowship (WDF) program provides the same high-quality coding education in our standard immersive programs to eligible New Yorkers free of cost. 

At Fullstack Academy, we are passionate about making technology more inclusive and diverse, and the WDF program helps us stay true to our mission. Through an advanced curriculum and project-based structure, students learn cutting-edge development technologies that prepare them to accept roles at top-tier companies.

The WDF Curriculum

Bootcamp Prep - Vestibule (BCP-V)

As far as what to expect in the WDF program, before starting the immersive, beginner students spend four weeks working through our Bootcamp Prep - Vestibule (BCP-V) course to learn how to define and write code using the fundamentals of HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

The course includes lectures, workshops, pair programming, coding challenges, and a culminating project—many of the same elements students will find in the immersive WDF program. In addition, students take a midterm and final. Performance on these exams and throughout the course determines whether or not students are invited to interview for continued enrollment in the remainder of the program.


If students are chosen to continue in the program, they start Foundations, a six-week segment that aims to get all accepted cohort students to the same level of understanding before advancing them to the core curriculum phase of the program. After completing Foundations, students have a firm grasp on the more advanced areas of JavaScript—plus they’ll have built their first Node.js application.

Core Curriculum + the Project Phase

The next seven weeks are spent in the core curriculum phase. Students master both front-end and back-end technologies and learn how to build their own SQL database engine and how to integrate it into their applications. From there, they work on a guided group project, a personal project, and a culminating capstone project.

The Flight Program

The final phase of Fullstack’s WDF program is the Flight Program. During the Flight Program, WDF students receive guidance and mentorship from Fullstack Academy’s career success team. They check in with students one-on-one, run mock interviews, help with negotiations during the hiring process, and keep students feeling motivated and supported. 

Important Dates + Eligibility

This career-accelerating opportunity is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are a current resident of New York City
  • You have no prior professional web development experience
  • You do not have a CS degree
  • You are unemployed or earn less than $50,000 a year
  • You are authorized to work in the United States
  • You meet federal selective service requirements
  • You must have access to housing and standard living expenses.
  • You must be able to attend at least 90% of the program sessions.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.

To apply for the Web Development Fellowship at Fullstack Academy, submit an application here. Women+-identifying applicants and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Once you submit your application, you’ll receive an email inviting you to take our admissions assessment.

Applications for our February 2020 cohort are due January 22. 

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