The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program provides leadership training through seminars with Third-sector practitioners, research based on best practices, and the application of a comparative framework.
Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they design and pursue an individualized research project. In addition, they attend weekly seminars, explore work of key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit leaders and study U.S. and international community foundation models.
The program is geared to young scholar-practitioners interested in strengthening community philanthropy and building capacity in local Third-sector institutions. Emerging leaders at community foundations and similar place-based grantmaking organizations are especially encouraged to apply. This year's Fellows will be selected from abroad and also from communities of color under-represented in the U.S. grantmaking sector.
After review of application materials by the selection committee, top-ranking applicants may be offered an award to participate on one of the following bases: full-award basis; partial award basis; or tuition basis. [See under "Eligibility and Selection" below.]
Note that full awards (covering the cost of tuition, dormitory housing with a meal plan, a Metrocard for local travel, and group events) are reserved for applicants with strong ties to a community foundation or similar community-based grantmaking organization. Award recipients will be selected from among those applicants whose strong institutional base will provide them with a platform to implement program learnings and research recommendations for the purpose of developing or strengthening local giving for local purpose.
In addition to offering fellowship awards for the study of community foundations, the Center accepts proposals that explore other Third-Sector/civil society topics for participation with external support. Applicants proposing to study other topics should indicate in their personal statement that they are interested in participating on a tuition basis or with financial support from their home institutions.
Acknowledgements: The Center gratefully acknowledges the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for its core support for the International Fellows Program. Additional support for the 2014-2015 International Fellows Program was provided by The Winnipeg Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, University of San Andrés, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), Friends of the Fellows and program alumni from around the globe.
- Full fellowship awards cover the costs of tuition, single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House (adjacent to Columbia University) in Manhattan, medical insurance, program materials, local meetings, local travel and other selected program-related costs.
- Tuition-based or institutionally-supported appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee.
Online Application Form
To apply, prospective candidates should complete and submit the online application form.
- Monday June 1, 2015 -- For citizens of countires other than the United States who are residing outside the U.S.
- Tuesday June 30, 2015 -- For United States residents outside the New York/New Jersey/ Connecticut area.
- Friday July 31, 2015 -- For United States residents of the New York/New Jersey/ Connecticut area.
Notification of Application Status
Notifications of whether an applicant has been accepted into the program will be forwarded via e-mail on or before of July 7 to each individual who has submitted a complete application package (including a CV and proposal) for consideration. Owing to a high volume of interest in the program, notification of status will not be sent in response to incomplete submissions which lack a proposal or other critical elements.