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Senior International Fellows Program 2015

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Senior International Fellows Program  provides professional development through seminars with Third-Sector practitioners, research based on best practices, and the application of a comparative framework.  Fellowship awards are available for decision-makers at community foundations, at place-based grantmaking organizations and institutions that support community philanthropy. 

The program is designed to help strengthen Third-Sector capacity in countries outside the United States. Note that senior-level Third-Sector practitioners in the United States are also welcome to apply to participate on a tuition basis or with support from institutional sponsors.

Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they design and pursue an individualized strategy paper, attend weekly seminars, explore the work of key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit leaders and study U.S. and international community foundation models.

[Please check back here later this year for information about the program in 2017.]

About the Senior International Fellows Program (SIFP)

2015 SIFP Cohort



Fellows pictured (left to right) are:  Joanna Fultz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Trang Pham Kelley, New York, New York (from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam); Rita Thapa, Kathmandu, Nepal; Bernie Dolley, Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Inna Starchikova, Odessa, Ukraine; and Florencia Roitstein, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not shown:  Sandy Houston, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Generous program funding is for the 2015 Senior International Fellows Program is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, with additional support from The Winnipeg Foundation,  Metcalf Foundation, University of San AndrĂ©s, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), Friends of the Fellows and program alumni from around the globe.

Eligibility and Selection

  • The program is open to senior-level practitioners and decision-makers in their professions (generally over the age of 35) in the US and overseas.

  • Strong spoken and written English language skills are required. TOEFL scores or the equivalent may be submitted by those whose education was in a language other than English.  Alternately, please provide documentation of your facility with the English language within your professional sphere.

  • Candidates 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 place-based philanthropy development, 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.

  • 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.

  • A select number of applicants will receive full fellowship awards earmarked for citizens of countries other than the United States. These awards provide for tuition, accommodations in New York City, local travel, meetings and other selected program-related costs.

  • Application 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 selection of program participants will be made by a committee of leaders from the philanthropic sector.


  • Full fellowship awards cover the costs of tuition, furnished accommodations in Manhattan, insurance, local travel, meetings and other selected program-related costs.

  • Tuition-based or institutionally-supported appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee.

Online application form

To apply, prospective candidates should complete and submit the online application form.

2015 Program

  • The Senior Fellows Program will run from Monday March 2 through Friday March 27, 2015.

  • The program focus will be community foundations and local place-based giving set within the context of the global philanthropic sector.  Additional trends and practices in philanthropy will be covered to provide background and to address the research interests of accepted Fellows.

  • Drawing on the seminars, readings, discussions with leaders in the field, and the Fellows' own experiences, each participant will produce a strategy paper  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 community foundation experiences around the globe, and will reflect the particular political, social, economic and legal frameworks in the Fellows' home countries.

Submission Deadlines

  • For non-U.S. citizens: Wednesday October 1, 2014.

  • For individuals living and working in the U.S.:  Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Notifications on the status of applications will be sent on or around the third week of December via e-mail to each individual who has submitted a complete application package (including a CV and proposal) for consideration.

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