Application Deadline: Monday January 20, 2020.

The CUNY 2020 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program will provide leadership training through seminars with Third-sector practitioners, research based on best practices, and the application of a comparative framework.

Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of
New York (CUNY), where they will attend weekly seminars, explore work of
key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit leaders and study
U.S. and international community foundation models.  During the program,
participants pursue an individualized research project and develop a
professional presentation to disseminate their findings.

The program is geared to young professionals 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 from
communities of color under-represented in the U.S. grantmaking sector.  .

Program description

  • Program dates:  Monday September 14 through Friday November 20,
    2020.  Participants are expected to be present on site during the full
    10-week program.
  • Program focus: community foundations and local place-based giving
    and grantmaking practices globally. Additional trends and practices in
    philanthropy will be included to provide background and to address the
    research interests of all participating Fellows.
  • Program format:  Drawing on seminars, readings, discussions with
    leaders in the field, and the Fellows’ own experiences, each participant
    will produce a strategy paper and a professional e-presentation
    (Powerpoint similar).  with 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 experiences around the globe, and will reflect the particular
    political, social, economic and legal frameworks in the Fellows’ home

Eligibility and selection

Eligibility to apply
Community philanthropy practitioners and decision-makers from around the globe, including the U.S.


  • Strong institutional base at a community foundation, place-based
    grantmaker or community philanthropy support organization; affiliation
    with other philanthropy sector institutions is also acceptable
  • Ability to implement research recommendations
  • Strong ability to read, write, conduct research and converse in English at a post-graduate-level
  • College or university degree

Awards – Full Fellowship
Due to the competitiveness of the program and limited funds, preference is given to candidates who

  • are affiliated with community foundations or initiatives to support
    community philanthropy organizations and practice (not in the US), AND
  • submit proposals illustrating a clear interest in furthering the work of community foundations or strengthening grantmaking and the local culture of philanthropy, AND
  • are citizens of and living and working in countries other than the United States 

Awards cover

  • tuition
  • single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House adjacent to Columbia University
  • meal allowance
  • medical insurance
  • local travel by subway/bus
  • program materials
  • other selected program-related costs (e.g. group meetings or events).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2020 Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program

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