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2020 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program -- Application Form

To apply to the Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program, please complete the online application form below.  Applications will be accepted through the extended deadline of  Monday February 17, 2020.

In addition to completion of the online form below (please scroll down further), applicants are expected to upload the following as part of their application:

  • Résumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Proposal (3-5 pages) for a strategy paper on an issue related to community foundations or community grantmaking, including a plan for sharing and applying findings and recommendations. The proposal should provide a comparative framework and must be feasible to undertake and complete within the duration of the program;
  • Personal statement explaining what you seek to accomplish during the program and how participation in the program would enhance your work in philanthropy or strengthen civil society locally. 

Application dossiers must include two letters of reference. Applicants should provide their referees with the link to the online recommendation form. At least one of the two letters should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional (rather than an academic) capacity.

Program-related questions may be sent to Indicate "ELIFP 2020" in the subject line.  In the event that applying online proves challenging, the application form may be made available as an attachment upon request via

Upon submission of your application, you may anticipate receipt via email of an automated acknowledgement of your submission. In the event that you do not receive it in your email in-box, please check your junk mail or spam mail folder. 

Due to the high volume of submissions, only complete applications are eligible for consideration by the selection committee.

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Please provide the following information AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR CURRENT PASSPORT:
Are you currently employed?*

Please enter your current principal place of employment or professional civil society affiliation.
Are you currently an active volunteer or board member at (a) local grantmaking or not-for-profit organization(s)?*

Do you hold a degree from a university, college or other comparable institution of higher learning?*

Are you presently a student at a university, college or other comparable institution for higher learning?*

Referee #1
Referee #2
Is English your native language?*

Was English the language of instruction at your high school, college or university?*

If you answered no to the previous two questions, either enter your score(s) where applicable, complete the "Other" section as indicated or skip to the next question.
Do you have prior academic or professional experience in the United States?*

CONTACT INFORMATION: Please indicate where you prefer to be reached by mail and e-mail. Include city and country codes in the phone numbers.
Street address (not a post office box)
Street address (not a post office box)
Please upload the three (3) documents indicated below. The listed documents are required to complete your dossier for consideration. Note that the documents must be formatted to a page size of 8 1/2 x 11 inches ("letter sized"). Documents in the following formats are acceptable: .DOC, .PDF, .JPG, .GIF, and .PNG.
Please indicate which documents were uploaded to this online application form.*