Major League Baseball released announced a new diversity fellowship program aimed at increasing opportunities for women and people of color.  Applications for the fellowship are due November 17th and will look to hire 20 candidates with MLB teams and 3 with the sports central office.  Selected winners will be announced in April.

To be eligible for the fellowship, prospective candidates must “have earned a bachelor’s, master’s or related advanced degree within the last two years. The club program involves an 18-month commitment and the central office fellowships run for three years, including two in baseball operations and one in the league economics department.”  The economics department is seen in high regard and “considered a track toward high club positions in baseball administration.”

According to ABC News, among professional positions in MLB’s central office, 12.1 percent of employees were African-American, 10.2 percent Latino, 4.3 percent Asian and 29.3 percent women, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida said in April. Among team professional administration, 21.9 percent were people of color and 28.1 percent women.