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Senior International Fellows Program

.Our International Fellows Program offers unparalleled networking opportunities, including connections with alumni around the world.  The 2023 Senior International Fellows Program will provide professional development through seminars, meetings with community foundation leaders and other Third-sector practitioners, research, and the application of a comparative framework.

The program is designed for decision-makers in community philanthropy who are committed to strengthening civil society capacity. The ideal candidate is affiliated with a community foundation, other place-based grantmaking organization or an institution that supports community philanthropy development.

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Fellows will be based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in midtown Manhattan, where they will attend seminars, explore the work of key agencies, and study a range of community philanthropy strategies and practices. Program participants will prepare a strategy paper and develop a professional e-presentation for dissemination.

Generous program funding for the International Fellows Program is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.  Additional support is provided by other foundations and institutions, as well as Friends of the Fellows and program alumni from around the globe.



Program dates: Monday April 24 through Friday May 19, 2023.

Program focus: Community foundations, local grantmaking and leadership, place-based giving practices around the globe, and supporting local cultures of giving.

Program products: Drawing on readings, discussions with seminar speakers, conversations with other leaders in the field, and the Fellows’ own experiences, each participant will produce a short 10-to-15-page strategy paper and an e-presentation (Powerpoint or similar) with recommendations for the development, adaptation or expansion of community grantmaking or another approved topic. It is expected that these recommendations will consider a variety of global experiences, while reflecting the particular political, social, economic and legal frameworks in the Fellows’ home countries.


Senior-level community philanthropy decision-makers from around the globe.


  • Strong institutional base at a community foundation, place-based grantmaker or community philanthropy support organization; or affiliation with other philanthropy sector institutions
  • Ability to implement research recommendations
  • Strong ability to read, write, conduct research and converse in English at a professional level
  • College or university degree


Tuition is US$3,000 per fellow. Partial or full fellowships may be awarded to help offset program costs detailed further below.


Due to the competitiveness of the program and limited funds, preference for awards that cover program costs, including tuition and/or housing (room and board) and program activities is given to candidates who:

  • are affiliated with community foundations or initiatives to support community philanthropy organizations and practice (not in the US), and
  • submit proposals illustrating a clear interest in furthering the work of community foundations or strengthening grantmaking and the local culture of philanthropy.

Program participants are expected to cover and arrange for their own travel to and from New York.  (Note, however, that special arrangements may be made in the event that a selected Fellow is unable to fully cover such costs.)


Applicants affiliated with philanthropy sector institutions–other than community foundations or initiatives to support community philanthropy organizations–who submit a competitive proposal on current trends and practices in philanthropy will also be considered for participation in the program, on the basis of external financial support from individual or institutional sponsors.

All tuition-based and institutionally-supported appointments require approval by the selection committee. Fellows accepted on the basis of external funding must cover their housing costs in addition to tuition, medical insurance, local travel and administrative/program fees.



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