Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program-Strengthening Community Philanthropy in Young scholar-practitioners

Deadline: 1 June 2015

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is currently accepting applications from emerging leaders around the world for its Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program. 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.

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.

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 and will be provided with a platform to implement program learnings and research recommendations for the purpose of developing or strengthening local giving for local purpose.

Programme Structure

The 2015 Program will run from September 15 to November 30, 2015 and will focus on:

  • community foundations and local place-based giving set within the context of the global philanthropic sector. Additional trends and practices in philanthropy will be covered to provide background and to address the research interests of all participating Fellows.
  • 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.


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.

Submission Deadlines

  • June 1, 2015 — For citizens of countries other than the United States who are residing outside the U.S.
  • June 30, 2015 — For United States residents outside the New York/New Jersey/ Connecticut area.
  • July 31, 2015 — For United States residents of the New York/New Jersey/ Connecticut area.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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 the development of community philanthropy organizations and practice, and 2) who illustrate in their proposals a clear interest in furthering the work of community foundations and strengthening the local culture of philanthropy.
  • Candidates affiliated with other institutions in the philanthropy sector who submit proposals on current trends and practices in philanthropy (other than community foundations) may apply for consideration on a tuition basis or with financial support from individual or institutional sponsors.
  • 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.

How to Apply

To apply, prospective candidates should complete and submit the online application form. Selected applicants will be notified before 7 July 2015.

For more information, please visit International fellowships.