July 28, 2007



Fellowships available!   The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York is accepting applications for its spring 2008 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program .  This program provides leadership training for young scholar-practitioners in the nonprofit sector in the United States and abroad. The program in 2008 will focus on the topics of community foundations, as well as corporate and diaspora philanthropy.  The program is designed to help build Third-Sector capacity in the United States and overseas. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 13, 2007 .  For program details, eligibility requirements and application guidelines, please visit  http://www.philanthropy.org/ and click on "International Fellows Program".

Philanthropy and Civil Society

Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program 2008

The Program

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program provides leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships for young scholar-practitioners in the nonprofit sector. The program is open to scholars and practitioners interested in building Third-Sector capacity in the United States and overseas. This year's Fellows will be selected from abroad and also from communities of color under-represented in the U.S. grantmaking sector. Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they design and pursue an individualized research project and participate in a seminar with Third-Sector leaders. Specific topical areas are chosen each year.

The research topic for applicants to the 2008 Emerging Leaders Program, including the program's Diversity Fellowship, is community foundations. A limited number of fellowships for research on diaspora or corporate philanthropy are also available for applicants based outside the United States.

Fellows will participate in a 3-month seminar (March 3 to May 30, 2008) on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors.  Fellows are expected to produce a 25-page research paper on their findings, which will be presented in the seminar.  They will learn about the work of key agencies and meet with foundation and nonprofit representatives.  They will also attend selected workshops or conferences.

Each fellowship covers the cost of tuition and includes a $1,300 per month (taxable) stipend to cover living and research expenses. The Center will also provide single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House (adjacent to Columbia University), as well as economy round-trip air travel to and from New York. 

Tuition-based appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee. Tuition information is available upon request.

Special thanks to the following donors for their support of the 2007 Fellows: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Eligibility and Selection

The program is open to practitioners and researchers under the age of 36. Applicants must hold a college or university degree and speak and write English fluently.  Preference will be given to candidates with strong ties to a Third-Sector institution and demonstrated research skills. Traditionally, selected fellows are citizens of countries other than the United States. In 2008, the program will also include two fellows from communities of color under-represented in the grantmaking sector in the U.S.

To apply, prospective candidates should click  here and follow the instructions or go to http://www.keysurvey.com/survey/151022/ab86/.  

Application materials must be received no later than September 13, 2007 . The selection will be made by a committee of leaders from the voluntary sector.  Notification of awards will be made no later than November 12, 2007.

For updates and additional information on the program, please visit our website, www.philanthropy.org.

Center Director

Kathleen D. McCarthy , the Center's founding Director, received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and joined the history faculty of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 1986. She is the author of American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society, 1700-1865 (University of Chicago Press, 2003); Women's Culture: American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930 (winner, ARNOVA Distinguished Book Award) as well as many other books, edited volumes and articles on local, national, and international philanthropy, and has lectured on these topics worldwide. 

Dr. McCarthy has served as Visiting Research Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation; a consultant to The Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities; Assistant Secretary of the Metropolitan Life Foundation; President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the International Society for Third-Sector Research; a member of the board of Independent Sector and the advisory boards of the National Center on Nonprofit Law at New York University and the Rockefeller Archive Center; and a member of the Editorial Board of VOLUNTAS. She was also a member of the informal planning group of, and delegate to, the first White House Conference on Philanthropy in 1999.

The Center

Founded in September 1986, the Center's mission is to strengthen philanthropy and civil society through education, research and leadership training. Located amid the nation's largest concentration of foundations, corporate donors and local, national and international nonprofit organizations, the Center serves as a base for research and ongoing interchange among scholars and practitioners in the field.

The Center's activities are interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on multicultural, women's and international philanthropy.  Within this framework, the Center offers a varied format of seminars, symposia, conferences, research projects, fellowships, courses, working papers and publications.


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