Ford Fellowship 2015, New York City

Deadline: 30 June 2014
Open to: community leaders over 21 years old who are living and working in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Poland and Russia
Fellowship: airfare, accommodation, food, transportation, small stipend, instruction and other program-related expenses


Ford Motor Company, a global corporation and world leader in corporate citizenship, and 92nd Street Y, the world’s first global Jewish community and cultural center, are proud to join together in launching the fifteenth year of the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y. The program is designed to enhance the efforts of emerging leaders in communities throughout the world.

The Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y provides a tremendous opportunity to international community leaders. The residency takes place from Wednesday 27 May to Thurday 18 June 2015 in New York City. During the intensive three-week residency, Ford Fellows take classes in areas including nonprofit management strategy and leadership training at Columbia University’s Picker Center for Executive Education. The academic curriculum is complemented by visits to model nonprofits in New York City and meetings with academic, business and government leaders. The experience is enhanced by Fellows’ residency at 92nd Street Y, the world’s first global Jewish community and cultural center. Founded in 1874 and considered a New York landmark, 92nd Street Y annually serves over 300,000 people of all backgrounds, religions, nationalities, ethnicities, races and socio-economic groups.

Fellows participate in an intensive immersion experience designed to address the challenges of community building in today’s world. In partnership with the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the organizers provide classes and participatory workshops in nonprofit management, leadership, and strategic thinking.

The academic curriculum is complemented by visits to model nonprofits throughout New York City and meetings with academic, business, and government leaders. The experience is enhanced by the Fellows’ residency at 92nd Street Y, an institution founded in 1874 that has grown to serve over 300,000 people annually. At once a school, a lecture hall, a performance space, and a community organization, 92nd Street Y is a nonprofit organization unique in the world and vital to the cultural life of New York City. Fellows have the opportunity to meet with 92nd Street Y staff experts, board members, and community partners.


A successful applicant must demonstrate that he or she:

  • is a community leader engaged in the nonprofit sector, either professionally or as a volunteer;
  • is successfully addressing issues that affect the community’s well-being;
  • would benefit from an intensive three-week nonprofit management training course in New York;
  • is living and working in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Poland or Russia; and
  • is at least 21 years old (by 1 June 2015).

Applicants must have several years of leadership experience. The rganizers seek candidates from a variety of backgrounds with the aim of creating a group of Fellows who will work well together and offer a diversity of views and experiences. Candidates should be emerging leaders addressing issues whose resolution can have a significant positive impact on their communities, on their countries, and—collectively—on the world.

Applicants must demonstrate fluency in English, have valid passport, and have regular access to a computer and the Internet. They may not be current recipients of other fellowships.


Airfare, accommodations, food, transportation, instruction and other program-related expenses are included in the fellowship, and participants receive a small stipend upon arrival.


Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 30 June 2014.

If you are eligible for the program and wish to apply, please complete the enclosed application form (available HERE)  and email it to Please fill out this form clearly and completely and send it, along with your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two-page essay, by the application deadline.

Two letters of recommendation are also required, which must be sent to us directly and privately by your references.

Please contact Alison Gardy HERE or Mayola Charles HERE if you have any questions.

For further information, visit the official website HERE.

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