The Emerging Leader Fellowship provides a hands-on experience for young professionals interested in addressing the needs of Greater Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth through policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Fellows work collaboratively with host organizations to execute discrete projects that advance the organizations' missions and allow Fellows to gain new skills and experiences.
We support projects that take a systems approach to improving the life outcomes of young people involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, particularly through coordination with other youth-serving systems such as education, housing, health and behavioral health. We are also interested in projects that take a public health approach to preventing youth violence.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Emerging Leader Fellowship lasts for two years. Stoneleigh will announce the 2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellows this March. The next recruitment cycle will begin in the early fall of 2018.
Nonprofits, academic institutions, or government entities working in the Greater Philadelphia region are eligible to apply. Any organization that submitted a project in previous years is eligible to apply in the current cycle.
Funding Exclusions: Organizations that are currently hosting a Fellow are ineligible to apply.
We are interested in providing a professional development opportunity to individuals who are beginning their careers and would benefit from the experience of leading a policy, research or advocacy project. Past Fellows have come from diverse educational backgrounds, such as law, social work, public administration, and education. We expect that candidates will have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree within the three years prior to submitting their applications.
Funding Exclusions: Staff currently employed full-time by the host organization, including fellows, are ineligible to apply for the Fellowship. (Interns currently working for the partner organization are, however, eligible to apply.)
Stoneleigh staff and external expert reviewers use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:
- Alignment with Stoneleigh’s Mission: Does the project clearly align with the Foundation’s overall goals to improve outcomes for youth and young adults involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and youth impacted by violence?
- Urgency: Does the proposal clearly demonstrate there is a need for this project?
- Feasibility: Does the scope of the project fit within the time and resources allotted by the Fellowship? If the project requires collaboration with other organizations or access to third-party data, does the organization have the appropriate level of support required to carry out the project?
- Organizational Capacity: Is the problem to be addressed aligned with the organization’s overall mission and strategy? Does the organization have the capacity to effectively supervise an Emerging Leader Fellow?
- Learning Potential: Will this project provide the Fellowship candidate with sufficient opportunities to develop professionally and learn new skills? Is there robust support and supervision for the Fellow?
Overall, we are looking for projects that not only help advance the host organization's work, but have the potential to add value to the field more broadly.
What is the salary for the Emerging Leader Fellowship? Does the award include benefits and, if so, what kind?
The Fellowship award goes directly to the host organization and includes funds for the Fellow’s salary (typically $45,000 for Fellows with undergraduate degrees and $55,000 for those with graduate degrees), benefits and taxes. Stoneleigh also provides up to $2,000 for professional development expenses. All final budgets are approved by Stoneleigh.
In addition to financial support, we provide Fellows with the connections and exposure to advance their project goals and promote individual professional development. For example, we intentionally foster a sense of community among our current and former Fellows and provide opportunities to exchange ideas across disciplines and substantive focus areas. We also offer opportunities to disseminate findings to other funders and influencers, both locally and nationally.
- Collaborate with the Fellow to develop a work plan that outlines tangible project goals and deadlines.
- Meet regularly with the Fellow (at least bi-weekly) to review the work plan to ensure the project is on track.
- Discuss the Fellow’s professional development goals and be intentional about supporting his or her career growth.
- Work with the Fellow to finalize project deliverables and identify opportunities to share findings.
We closely examine the capacity of each proposed supervisor to fulfill these obligations through detailed questions in the project proposal and an in-person interview.
The Emerging Leader Fellowship is intended to provide the Fellow with the opportunity to lead a project and gain a valuable learning experience. Unlike a staff position which includes day-to-day tasks related to the ongoing operations of the organization, a Fellowship is a focused project with discrete goals. Furthermore, opportunities for professional development are built into project goals and pursued throughout the year. These opportunities include accompanying host organization staff to meetings that will help inform the Fellow's work, attending conferences, and making contacts with leaders in the field.
While we do not have a set number of awards for each cycle, we typically grant an average of three to four Fellowships per cycle.
No, organizations can only submit one abstract per Fellowship cycle.
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2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellowships
Thank you to everyone who applied for our 2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellowship opportunities. We will announce the final selection of Emerging Leader Fellows in March.