The Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program & U.S. Diversity Fellowship 2014

Deadline: 13 June 2014 for non-US citizens. US citizens may apply on a rolling basis
Open to: practitioners and researchers with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the nonprofit/NGO/grantmaking field
Fellowship: costs of tuition, accommodation in Manhattan, economy air travel to and from New York City, and reimbursement for selected program-related costs


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 grant-making organizations and institutions that support community philanthropy.

Those interested in strengthening community philanthropy and building capacity in local Third-Sector institutions are encouraged to apply. This year’s Fellows will be selected from abroad and also from communities of color under-represented in the U.S. grant-making sector.

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.

In addition to offering fellowship awards for the study of community foundations, the Center accepts proposals that explore other Third-Sector/civil society topics from applicants interested in participating on a tuition basis. The program will run from Monday September 22 to Friday December 12, 2014.


The program is open to:

  • Practitioners and researchers in the US and overseas;
  • College or university degree holders with strong spoken and written English language skills;
  • TOEFL scores or 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/grant-making 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 or 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;
  • 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


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 grant-making sector.

Full fellowship awards cover the costs of tuition, single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House (adjacent to Columbia University) in Manhattan, economy air travel to and from New York City, and reimbursement for selected program-related costs. Tuition-based or institutionally-supported appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee.


The deadline for non-U.S. citizens is 13 June 2014. For individuals living and working in the United States applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and may currently be submitted for review.

To apply, prospective candidates should complete and submit the online application form. Notification of application status will be made via e-mail in the week of 1 July 2014 to each individual who has submitted a complete application package (including a CV and proposal) for consideration. Should you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Please indicate “ELIFP 14″ in the subject line.

For more information, please see the official website.



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