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UPDATE: International Fellows Programs


2021 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program
Monday September 27 through Friday December 3, 2021 
This year's program will be virtual.
Program description       Online application
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Welcoming the 2021 Senior International Fellows
Analía Bettoni (Montevideo, URUGUAY); Mariana de Góes Borges (Brasilia, BRAZIL); Daniela Castagno (Rome, ITALY); Paola Andrea Cubides Alvarez (Bogotá, COLOMBIA); and Rosa Gallego (Madrid, SPAIN).

Meet and learn more about the Fellows and their planned research topics. We are excited to work with this select group of scholar practitioners in the Center's virtual iteration of this year's Senior Fellows Program.

Featured Research

Sustaining Civil Society book cover
Leadership and the Lifecycles:
Reflections on Community Foundations in New Zealand and Australia
Marion Webster and Mark Bentley

 The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is committed to strengthening civil society through education, research, and leadership training.
An integral part of The Graduate Center (GC), the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Center) focuses on giving, volunteerism, and nonprofit entrepreneurship by individual donors, foundations, and corporations in the United States and around the world.

The Center works to link academic approaches with practitioner needs.  Under the leadership of director Kathleen D. McCarthy, its signature International Fellows Programs (Senior International Fellows Program and Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program) for scholar-practitioners presently counts 236 alumni from 70 countries across 6 continents. The program’s alumni have gone on to found new associations and foundations, create university courses and research centers, establish fellowships in philanthropy, and staff and lead many of the institutions and programs spearheading the globalization of modern philanthropy. Program alumni present and publish widely in the field of civil society, helping to create a literature on the field in their own languages. 

Other Center projects include:
  • multidisciplinary seminars on civil society for CUNY faculty and advanced graduate students
  • global research and edited volumes on women and philanthropy
  • multi-volume series to help integrate philanthropy as a topic in college and university curricula and to enhance nonprofit professionals' knowledge in the areas of development and fundraising.
The Center supports GC students via research/travel awards and William Randolph Hearst Graduate Assistantships intended for women and minority students working in philanthropy, civil society, international development and global studies.