1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF), a brilliant not-for-profit organisation that supports the dreams of talented young women with scholarships, mentorship and other resources, has announced the return of the BroadcastHER Academy, an esports and gaming fellowship program for women interested in pursuing careers in the esports industry.

Applicants are invited to apply to the BroadcastHER Academy Challenge here.

While women are driving big gains in esports viewership, women pro gamers earn millions less than their male counterparts, with only few holding a salaried position on esports teams, according to Women content creators also face a substantial pay gap.

“First and foremost, the BroadcastHER Academy Fellowship Program is intended to build a diverse talent pool for our partners and the industry while providing our participants with unparalleled access to hands-on training that can lead to employment opportunities at the end of the fellowship,” said 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder and CEO Christie Garton. “We are also thrilled to be able to connect our Fellows with our incredible partners and their teams to help expand their professional networks.”

Partners include esports entertainment company Allied Esports and HyperX, the gaming division of HP. Both partners have sponsored the Fellowship programme since its launch in 2019.

Ten women will be selected for the Fellowship programme for one year. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application which includes a proposed plan for what they hope to accomplish by the end of the program.

Selected winners will receive:

  • $1,00o microgrant to further their education
  • One 60-minute mentor session
  • An all-expenses-paid trip for winners to visit a centre of esports excellence, including a tour, time with the broadcast unit and lunch or dinner with a 1DF or Allied Esports exec
  • Opportunity to call a game in a professional broadcast booth
  • Video reel and/or work streamed live through the 1,000 Dreams Fund Twitch channel

In addition, 1DF will aim to offer winners additional opportunities with partners at live events, conferences, tournaments, and for contract roles, internships, apprenticeships and even full-time employment.

How the BroadcastHER Academy Challenge works:

Applicants will enter via a photo challenge that showcases the applicants’ breadth and depth of talent, commitment, and interest in gaming/broadcasting as a career

How to apply: The Challenge is accessible on the 1DF microsite:

Who can apply: Women 18 years of age and older, who are based in the US.

Key dates: The BroadcastHER Academy Challenge ends on March 30th. All winners will be announced by April 1st. Fellowship winners will be selected and announced over the course of the 5-week Challenge. Winners will be announced on the 1,000 Dreams Fund Blog and social media accounts.