2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program in New York (Fully Funded)!

2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program in New York (Fully Funded)!

Deadline: June 13, 2014

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society invites researchers and practitioners to apply for the 2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program which will take place from Monday September 22 to Friday December 12, 2014. Emerging leaders from community foundations and local place-based grantmaking organizations and/or institutions that support community philanthropy are welcome to apply.

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.
  • Tuition-based or institutionally-supported appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee


  • 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
    • affiliated with a community foundation or initiatives to support community philanthropy development,
    • and 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.
  • A select number of full fellowship awards are available, which cover tuition, accommodations and other program-related costs. These are earmarked for citizens of countries other than the United States or for Americans from communities under-represented in the grantmaking sector.

Application process:

  • To apply, prospective candidates should complete and submit the online application form. Applications may also be forwarded via fax or postal mail.
  • If you have already submitted an application for the 2014 Emerging Leaders and Diversity Fellows Program, you do not need to submit a second application.
  • The selection of program participants will be made by a committee of leaders from the Third Sector.
  • For further details, please send an e-mail request to [email protected]

Note: Notifications of whether an applicant has been accepted will be forwarded via e-mail during the week of July 1 to each individual who has submitted a complete application package (including a CV and proposal) for consideration.

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