NYC Web Development Fellowship — a no-cost education for eligible NYC residents

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Flatiron School is committed to making a life-changing education accessible, so we’re thrilled to announce we’ve been selected by The NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and the NYC Department of Small Business Services to deliver $1.3 million in software engineering training to 75 New Yorkers making under $50,000 a year through the NYC Web Development Fellowship. 


A no-cost education opening doors for New Yorkers

The NYC Web Development Fellowship at Flatiron School – our no-cost, full-time, 19-week, in-person immersive training program – was developed in direct response to industry feedback from some of the city’s largest tech employers. Offered in partnership with the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, this program is designed to equip unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers with the in-demand skills necessary to launch careers in web development and software engineering.

You could be enrolled in Flatiron School’s Software Engineering Program at no cost if you’re a New York City resident making less than $50,000. The Tech Talent Pipeline’s NYC Web Development Fellowship is designed to break down economic barriers by empowering 75 New Yorkers with the in-demand skills to launch rewarding, life-changing careers in tech.

Founded in NYC, Flatiron School is invested in our hometown and its residents — and we’re honored to be chosen as New York City’s partner. Thousands of our grads have already changed their lives by launching careers with amazing potential for growth. We can only imagine how far the participants of the Web Development Fellowship will go.


  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Be a New York City resident

  • Be authorized to work in the United States

  • Be unemployed, or earn $50,000 or less if currently employed

  • Meet all selective service requirements (see https://www.sss.gov/)

  • Have no paid professional web development experience

  • Be available for all sessions of the course, including attending in-person sessions throughout the duration of the course

  • Not be related to any Flatiron School, WeWork, WDC, NYC TTP, or NYC Department of Small Business Services employees (see additional details in the FAQs below)

  • Not be a current Flatiron School student (see additional details in the FAQs below)

What you'll learn: full-stack web development

Over 19 intense weeks on campus at Flatiron School, you’ll think and build like a software engineer. In each three-week module, you’ll develop key skills that build upon one another through interactive labs, lectures, and close collaboration — shipping code and showcasing your expertise through comprehensive Portfolio Projects.


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Pre-work covers the fundamentals of Ruby and some CSS and HTML basics. This gives all students baseline knowledge so we can hit the ground running on day one. We dive into Ruby in Mod 1 so it’s really important that folks have a basic understanding of how it works.

Object-Oriented Programming

Get comfortable with object-oriented programming and Object Relational Mappers.


Dive into the fundamentals of programming, starting with SQL.


Work with two Ruby tools, mastering the fundamentals of web programming.


You’ll be exposed to design patterns in web applications and introduces architectural patterns, template rendering, and application environments.

Product Management

Create complex, functional web applications from scratch to build your own databases and integrate front-end design skills.


Gain a thorough understanding of JavaScript and functional programming — crucial for front-end developers.


Learn to build productive, scalable front-ends with React.


Create slick, functional, reactive code with Redux as a state manager.

Group Projects

At the conclusion of each program module, you’ll build advanced portfolio projects on a team to demonstrate both your new technical skills and your creativity.

Solo Projects

After completing four curriculum modules focused on group projects, collaborate with your instructors to conceive a solo project and spend three weeks building it. You’ll receive plenty of instructor feedback along the way while diving deep into the various advanced technologies and/or techniques needed to bring your concept to life.

Career Support

Our Career Coaching team helped more than 1,200 students launch careers as software engineers. Before you graduate, you’ll work 1:1 with a dedicated Career Coach to develop your employer pipeline, conduct outreach, review and refine your online presence, and prepare for interviews.

Alumni Community

For Flatiron School alumni, the journey doesn’t stop at graduation. You’ll join an active network of successful software engineers and the WeWork global community. You’ll network, connect, and collaborate with Flatiron School grads with access to our events and network wherever you go.

Don’t just land a job, launch a career

Whether they’re leveraging their backgrounds to make a bigger impact in their current industries or diving into brand new territory, our students thrive at some of the biggest names in tech.

Scarlett, Software Engineering Apprentice at Lyft

Meet Scarlett, who reminds us that no matter how many times you fall and how exhausted you might feel — there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ed, Developer at Rent the Runway

Meet Edward, who graduated from Flatiron School and built Rent the Runway's return app using React.

Christine, Fullstack Engineer in FinTech

Meet Christine, who had no previous tech experience and, five years later, is a thriving fullstack engineer in financial services.

Our New York grads land jobs in tech

Our 2020 Jobs Report is proof that aspiring software engineers in New York are attending Flatiron School and launching promising new careers.


Employment Rate

For job-seeking Manhattan campus graduates included in the 2020 Jobs Report including full-time salaried roles, full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, and part-time roles during the reporting period (see our Jobs Report).


Starting Salary

For job-seeking Manhattan students who accepted full-time salaried jobs during the reporting period and disclosed their compensation. The average starting salary for students who took full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, or freelance roles and disclosed compensation was $32/hr. Average pay for a part-time role was $25/hr (see our Jobs Report).

Where we're located

The Web Development Fellowship is exclusively at our campus in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Meet the New York team

Jelani Thomas
Community Lead

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jelani began his career in the nonprofit sector. After rising through the marketing and fundraising ranks, he decided to switch gears and begin working in the startup world. After helping a few smaller startups, he joined Flatiron School in February 2019.

David Braslow
Educational Development Manager, Data Science

David is a quantitative methodologist specialized in education research. He worked for the New York City DoE as a teacher and researcher, and earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Michelle Rios
Sr. Instructor, Software Engineering

With a background in computer science and foreign languages, Michelle enjoys helping students develop and grow their problem solving and tech skills. When not teaching, you can find her singing her heart out or doing macro photography.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there an application deadline for the Web Development Fellowship?

All applicants must apply by February 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET to be eligible for this award window. If you miss the deadline, we expect additional application windows may open in 2020, so stay tuned for updates.

Who is eligible for the NYC Web Development Fellowship?

In order to qualify for the NYC Web Development Fellowship, students must...

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have a high school diploma (or GED)

  • Be a New York City resident

  • Be authorized to work in the United States

  • Be unemployed, or earn $50,000 or less if currently employed

  • Meet all selective service requirements (see https://www.sss.gov/)

  • Have no paid professional web development experience

  • Be available for all sessions of the course, including attending in-person sessions throughout the duration of the course

  • Not be related by blood or marriage to any owner, director, officer, member, or employee of Flatiron School, WeWork or any of their affiliates, or of the Workforce Development Corporation, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, or any of their affiliates

  • Not be a student who is currently attending or who has signed an enrollment agreement for a Flatiron School program or program run by any of its affiliates, including but not limited to SecureSet Academy LLC or Designation Labs LLC

When are the courses happening?

There are three cohort dates for this program:

  • April 20 – September 4, 2020

    • Application window: February 4 – February 28

  • June 1 – October 16, 2020

    • Application window: March 16 – April 10

  • July 13 – November 27, 2020

    • Application window: May 4 – May 29

Are there prerequisites to apply to Flatiron School?
  • While there are no prerequisites to apply to our courses and we welcome beginners, we recommend exploring our free prep courses. For example, if you’re interested in software engineering, we recommend Coding Bootcamp Prep. Flatiron School's blog is another great resource to familiarize yourself with careers in tech, learn more about our courses, and hear from our alumni about their experiences.

  • The first step is to fill out a written application. Once submitted, you should hear back from our Admissions team on the next step within 2 business days. 

  • If your application is chosen to move forward, you will be invited to schedule a video call with a member of the Admissions team to get to know you better.

  • Upon admission and enrollment, depending on the course, you will be sent instructions for how to access “pre-work.” Pre-work is a prerequisite to starting certain on-campus courses. There is no required pre-work for online courses.

Students must be over the age of 18 to apply to our courses and must have obtained a high school diploma or GED.

I still have questions – who should I contact?

Please reach out to admissions@flatironschool.com. There’s no such thing as a bad question.

What is the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline?

Launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is the City’s tech Industry Partnership, designed to support the inclusive growth of the NYC tech sector by delivering quality jobs for New Yorkers and qualified talent for the City’s businesses. The Tech Talent Pipeline works with 385 companies, 17 local colleges, and additional public and private partners to define employer needs, develop training and education models to meet these needs, and scale solutions throughout the City, delivering quality talent for the City’s businesses and quality jobs for New Yorkers. The NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is a public-private partnership between the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Workforce Funders, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation. techtalentpipeline.nyc/