Apply for Hacker Fellows' 2017 fellowship program. Every year we accept 15 aspiring startup software developers to be paired with Michigan startups, boost their salaries, and go through a 5-week software and entrepreneurial bootcamp. 

Please Note: Both Application/Selection Rounds Admit To The Same Fellowship Year. 


We have two application/selection rounds for Hacker Fellows. The first round spans from November to December, the second round spans from February to March.

Within each round, applicants will have a casual phone interview with our team, an in-person interview in Detroit with a current Hacker Fellow, our team and a white board. During these interviews, definitely no need to dress up and please be yourself. 

After your in-person interview, we will give you a short code assessment of your language choice to complete at home. If you'd like, you can dress up during this assessment. 

After all of this is a smashing success, we will extend you an offer to be part of Hacker Fellows! 


March is really when the program takes flight. Starting in March, you will be interfacing with the startups. In 2015 we built a fellow & startup matchmaking portal during the 2015 Hacker Fellows bootcamp. This portal handles all of the online matchmaking -- your initial contact with the startups. We have you and the startups create a profile, view each other's profile and express interest. Think of this like "startup tinder."

After online matchmaking, we view all of the matches, and schedule an in-person interview day at our office in Detroit. This is quite the day of stacked interviews between fellows and startups. In 2016 fellows had anywhere from five to nine interviews. Prior to the interview day, we'll notify you of the roster so you can do what you need to prepare. 

After the in-person interview day, the month of April and the early parts of May is when startups will extend full-time job offers to fellows!

View startups that have hired fellows in the past > 


The 2017 Hacker Fellows bootcamp kicks off on June 12th, 2017. We move you to Downtown Detroit for the 5-week training session so you can live in close quarters with all of the 2017 Hacker Fellows. 

Last year, our bootcamp focused on these technologies:

  • Angular JS
  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Node JS
  • Python
  • Swift 

Beyond the über technical, we immerse fellows in entrepreneurial training sessions lead by Invest Detroit, startup leaders, and other key figures in the startup community.

During your time in the bootcamp, we pay for just about everything. We cover your housing, meals, the entire cost of the training and share a little change so you can explore the city a bit on your own while you’re taking part in the bootcamp.

Once we near the close of the bootcamp, we’ll share ~$1,500 with you to help cover the costs of moving.  We can’t take the stress out of moving, but this won’t hurt. We promise.

View 2016's Bootcamp Week 1 Schedule (Sample) >


July 17th, 2017 marks the first day of work for 2017 Hacker Fellows. We then coordinate directly with your start-up to boost your compensation by $15,000 during the first year. We give you this salary boost and funding so the startup has a low barrier of entry when trying to access your talent. 2015 & 2016 Hacker Fellows salaries have ranged from $55,000 - $75,000, with most being around $60,000.

In addition to coding at a startup, Hacker Fellows will participate in ongoing mentorship and activities throughout the year. We host monthly meetups amongst all Hacker Fellows, connect you with graduated fellows, check-in on you at work, and make sure you've achieved a soft landing with a startup you mesh well with.