The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s International Fellows Program provides professional development to scholar-practitioners from around the globe. Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York where they attend weekly seminars, explore work of key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit leaders and study U.S. and international community foundation models. During the program, participants pursue an individualized research project and develop a professional presentation to disseminate their findings.
The current program focus is community foundations, place-based giving, and local grantmaking, set within the context of an increasingly global philanthropic sector. 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 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.