2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellowship Program for NGO Professionals. (Fully Funded)


Deadline: June 13, 2014.

When: Monday September 22 to Friday December 12, 2014.

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.  Fellowship awards are available for emerging leaders at community foundations, at place-based grantmaking organizations and/or institutions that support community philanthropy.

Young professionals interested in strengthening community philanthropy and building capacity in local Third-sector institutions are encouraged to apply.

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 will run from Monday September 22 to Friday December 12, 2014.

Drawing on the seminars, readings, discussions with leaders in the field, and the Fellows’ own experiences, each participant will produce a research paper (approx. 20-25 pages) on their findings, which will be presented in the seminar.

The papers should include recommendations for the development, adaptation or expansion of community grantmaking or another approved topic. It is expected that these recommendations will consider the variety of community foundation experiences around the globe, and will reflect the particular political, social, economic and legal frameworks in the Fellows’ home countries.

Eligibility and Selection

  The program is open to practitioners and researchers in the US and overseas.

•  College or university degree and strong spoken and written English language skills are required.

TOEFL scores or the equivalent are requested from those whose education was in a language other than English.  Alternately, please provide a statement describing your facility with the English language within your professional sphere.

  Applicants should have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the nonprofit/NGO/grantmaking field.

Award recipients must have a strong institutional base and be well-placed to implement research recommendations.

  • Preference is given to candidates who are
  • 1) affiliated with a community foundation or initiatives to support community philanthropy development, and
  • 2) who illustrate in their proposals a clear interest in furthering the work of community foundations and strengthening the local culture of philanthropy.

The Award Benefit

•  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.

Apply Now for the Emerging Leaders International Fellowship Program

For More Information:

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