The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Senior International Fellows Program provides professional development training for Third-Sector practitioners from outside the United States who are at an advanced stage in their careers. The program is designed to help build Third-Sector capacity in the Fellows' home countries.
Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they attend weekly seminars, learn about the work of key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit representatives, and study U.S. and international community foundation models.
The topic for the year 2005 will be community foundations.
Fellows will participate in a 1-month seminar on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors. The program will run from October 17, 2005 through November 11, 2005. Based on the seminars, readings, discussions with leaders in the field, and the Fellows' own experiences, each Fellow will produce a position paper with recommendations for the development, adaptation or expansion of community foundations in his/her country or region. It is expected that these recommendations will draw from the variety of existing community foundation models and will reflect the political, social, economic, and legal frameworks in the Fellows' home countries. The Fellows will also attend a relevant conference.
Each fellowship covers the cost of tuition and includes a $1,300 stipend to cover living expenses. The Center will also provide suite accommodations proximate to The Graduate Center on 34th Street, as well as round-trip air tickets for travel to and from the United States. Please note: travel dates conform to the beginning and end of the seminar.
A limited number of unsubsidized tuition-based appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee. Tuition information is available upon request.
Special thanks to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for support of this program.
Eligibility and Selection
The program is open to senior-level practitioners over the age of 35 who are citizens of countries other than the United States. Applicants must speak and write English fluently. Candidates must have a strong institutional base and a clear interest in working with the community foundation model.
There is no application form. To apply, prospective candidates should submit the following materials in English: a) a résumé or c.v. identifying past and present employment, as well as educational experience; b) a list of publications, if applicable; c) a 2-3 page research proposal for the position paper, indicating research focus and questions; d) a statement outlining a plan to implement the recommendations developed in the position paper; and e) how the fellowship will contribute to the candidate's professional development. Any overseas experience should also be described.
A cover sheet must accompany the proposal and include the following information : name, address, telephone/fax number, e-mail address, date of birth, educational background, employment history, languages spoken and degree of fluency in each. Two original, signed letters of recommendation are required from scholars and/or staff members of NGOs, nonprofits or donor agencies. An optional writing sample may be included as well.
Please submit materials electronically and by mail . Send to CPCS@gc.cuny.edu ; and to Dr. Kathleen D. McCarthy, Director / Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society , The Graduate Center, CUNY / 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5401 / New York, NY 10016-4309 / USA. Please note that original signed letters of recommendation must be sent by the referee via post on official letterhead. Also, electronic submissions should be formatted by 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
Application materials must be received no later than May 15, 2005 . The selection will be made by a committee of leaders from the voluntary sector. Awards will be announced no later than July 1, 2005. Those who are selected will need to formally notify the Center of their acceptance by July 15, 2005.
Founded in September 1986, the Center's mission is to strengthen philanthropy and civil society through education, research, and leadership training. Located amid the nation's largest concentration of foundations, corporate donors, and local, national, and international nonprofit organizations, the Center serves as a base for research and ongoing interchange among scholars and practitioners in the field.
The Center's activities are interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on multicultural, women's, and international philanthropy. Within this framework, the Center offers a varied format of seminars, symposia, conferences, research projects, fellowships, courses, working papers, and publications.
Kathleen D. McCarthy , the Center's founding Director, received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and joined the history faculty of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 1986. She is the author of American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society, 1700-1865 (University of Chicago Press, 2003); Women's Culture: American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930 (winner, ARNOVA Distinguished Book Award) as well as many other books, edited volumes and articles on local, national, and international philanthropy, and has lectured on these topics worldwide.
Dr. McCarthy has served as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation; a consultant to The Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Assistant Secretary of the Metropolitan Life Foundation; President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action; a member of the Editorial Board of VOLUNTAS; and a member of the informal planning group of, and delegate to, the White House Conference on Philanthropy, which was held in October 1999. She currently sits on the Board and the boards of INDEPENDENT SECTOR and the International Society for Third Sector Research.
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5401
New York, N.Y. 10016-4309
Tel.: (212) 817-2010
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