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2019 Senior International Fellows Program -- Eligibility and Selection

Eligibility and selection
  • Program open to senior-level practitioners and decision-makers from around the globe. Fellowships providing tuition and housing are generally reserved for those currently living and working outside the U.S.
  • Requirements:
    • Strong institutional base at a community foundation, place-based grantmaker or community philanthropy support organization
    • Ability to implement research recommendations
    • Strong spoken and written English language skills (TOEFL scores or the equivalent should be provided by those whose education was in a language other than English; alternately, a statement documenting facility with the English language within your professional sphere is acceptable.)
    • College or university degree or ability to read, conduct research, and converse at a post-graduate level
  • Top-ranking applicants may be offered an award to participate on one of the following bases: full-award; partial award; or tuition.
  • Preference given to candidates who are 1) affiliated with a community foundation or initiatives to support community philanthropy organizations and practice, and 2) who illustrate in their proposals a clear interest in furthering the work of community foundations or strengthening grantmaking and the local culture of philanthropy.
  • A select number of full fellowship awards are available. (See “Award” below).  These are earmarked for citizens of countries other than the United States  All other selected applicants will be admitted on a tuition or partial award basis as described below.
  • Candidates affiliated with other philanthropy sector institutions 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.  Please indicate in your personal statement that you are interested in participating on a tuition basis or with financial support from your home institution.
  • 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.
  • Review of applications will be made by a committeeof leaders from the Third Sector.


  • Full fellowship awards cover the costs of tuition (either single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House adjacent to Columbia University, or studio apartments elsewhere in Manhattan, depending on availability); a meal allowance at International House or a prepaid card at a local grocery store; medical insurance; MetroCard for local travel by subway/bus; program materials; and other selected program-related costs (e.g. group meetings or events).
  • Tuition-based or institutionally-supported appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee.

Program description
Application form

Queries about the program should be addressed to 
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.