Program Alumni and
the Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program &
U.S. Diversity Fellowship
NOTE: This program, originally scheduled for September to November 2015, is currently on hold. Updates about this and other programs in 2016 will be posted here as it becomes available. Applicants to the 2015 Emerging Leaders Program will receive additional information by email.
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.
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.
by Amal A. Muḥammad
2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellows are
(left to right):
Ainuska Sheripkanova, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Mihaela Giurgiu, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
Daniele Pietro Giudici, Milan, Italy; Ana Paula Borges Pinho, Sao Paulo, Brazil;
Julius Bantar Ndzinwa, Bamenda, Cameroon; and Natalija Simović, Belgrade, Serbia.
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.
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.
program will run from Tuesday September 15 to Monday November 30, 2015.
focus will be 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.
program is open to practitioners and researchers
in the US and overseas.
or university degree and strong spoken and written English
language skills are required.
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
• Applicants should have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the nonprofit/NGO/grantmaking field.
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
and strengthening the local culture of philanthropy.
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.
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 United States citizens from communities under-represented
in the grantmaking sector. All other selected applicants will be admitted on a tuition or partial award basis as described below.
Participation on a tuition
basis or with financial support from individual or institutional
sponsors is open to all, regardless of country of origin
or residence. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements
detailed above to be considered for participation on
a tuition or sponsorship basis. For further details,
please send an e-mail request to the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
selection of program participants will be made by a
committee of leaders from the Third Sector. _______________________________________________________________________________
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
To apply, prospective candidates should complete and submit the online application form. (APPLICATION PROCESS IS CLOSED.)
EXTENDED TO Monday June 8, 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.
should be addressed the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
indicate "ELIFP 15" in the subject line.