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International Fellows Program (IFP)

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s International Fellows Program provides leadership training to scholar-practitioners from around the globe. Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York where they attend seminars, explore work of key agencies and foundations, and prepare an individualized research project with recommendations for implementation.

The current focus is community-based philanthropy, strengthening local cultures of giving, and community engagement. Other issues explored recently include diaspora philanthropy, governance and boards, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship.

The Center generally runs two International Fellows Programs per annum:

  • A three-month Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program that provides leadership training to young scholar-practitioners from overseas, as well as from communities under-represented in the U.S. grantmaking sector.
  • A four-week Senior International Fellows Program that allows decision makers at civil society organizations space for strategic reflection while they explore best practices from around the globe.

Generous program funding is provided by the C.S. Mott Foundation, other foundations, and individuals.


Current Program materials (password protected access)

IFP Library: Seminar Readings (password protected access)

IFP Alumni Publications

IFP Papers and Presentations

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