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Senior International Fellows Program 2017-- Eligibility and Selection

Eligibility and selection
  • Program open to senior-level practitioners and decision-makers in their professions (generally over the age of 35) in the US and overseas.
  • Requirements:
    • Strong institutional base at a community foundation, place-based grantmaker or community philanthropy support organization
    • Ability to implement research recommendations
    • College or university degree
    • 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.)
  • 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.
  • The selection of program participants will be made by a committee of leaders from the Third Sector.


  • Full fellowship awards cover the costs of tuition, single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House (adjacent to Columbia University) in Manhattan, a meal allowance at International House, medical insurance, program materials, local meetings, local travel and other selected program-related costs.
  • 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.