These fellowships are designed to help scholars and professionals study childhood development. They offer diverse opportunities all over the world that allow you to get hands-on experience or do important research. Whether your interests are in public policy, NGOs, education, or something else, these fellowships will allow you to further your career while making a positive difference in the lives of children.
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Bringing skills from business, public health, education, marketing, technology, and public policy backgrounds, Foster America fellows provide the spark to create dramatic change and improve the lives of children. Our fellows are embedded at government or nonprofit child welfare agencies for one year, joining reform-minded colleagues and mentors to pursue better results. Prior to the start of the fellowship, fellows receive an intensive two-week training. Fellows work full-time at their placement agency, receiving an annual salary of up to $90,000, plus benefits. Candidates must have authorization to work in the U.S.
The William T. Grant Foundation Grants support high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States. Grants are to be used for programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes and benefit American youth. Research grants about reducing inequality typically range between $100K to $600K and cover 2-3 years of support. Research grants about improving the use of research initiative will range between $100K to $1M and cover 2-4 years of support. The Foundation supports a diverse group of researchers who are currently employed at a tax-exempt organization.
The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, and policies or practices, affecting the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States or a vulnerable subpopulation of those youth. Every year, 4-6 William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.
The Stoneleigh Fellowship is designed to support researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who have demonstrated leadership in child welfare, juvenile justice, violence prevention or related fields. We are particularly interested in individuals whose fellowship proposal involves work that crosses systems or enhances the coordination of service delivery to Greater Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth. Fellows come from diverse professional backgrounds, such as medicine, law, social work, psychology, and public policy. The Stoneleigh Fellowship award is designed to cover a Fellow’s salary and fringe benefits, travel expenses, and a portion of project expenses related to advancing project work.
Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships support highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development as they advance their research, which will improve the development and living conditions of children and youth. Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral and social levels of analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply. Grants support the fellow for 3 years and additional workshops and networking opportunities are available.
The Fulani Fellowship is a professional development program for people who are passionate about creating changes in poor communities of color. Fellows work closely with Dr. Lenora Fulani and her team and are trained in different approaches in psychology, politics, and development. Fellows work as part-time paid employees at the nonprofit to create social change and promote development. The fellowship is open to graduate students or recent master’s and doctoral program graduates in psychology, youth development, education, public policy and social work. Applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S.
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. The fellowship supports 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. The 2-year fellowship includes a salary of $45K-55K a year plus additional funding for professional development opportunities.
Global Citizenship Fellows Program
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Global Citizenship Fellows Program is a highly-competitive, 2-year program that prepares diverse, committed, and globally minded individuals for effective leadership in public service. Global Citizenship Fellows serve as grassroots and national spokespersons for children in multiple locations throughout the U.S. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated knowledge of children’s rights, familiarity with experiential learning techniques, volunteer management experience, and a commitment to public service. During the first year, Fellows receive a taxable stipend of $38,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or possess current and valid U.S. Work Authorization.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network fellows will spend 3 years enhancing leadership skills and sharing their experiences as a cohort of developing leaders. We are looking for existing or emerging leaders who can be transformative social change agents in their communities so that vulnerable children and their families can achieve optimal health and well being, academic achievement and financial security. Fellows will meet quarterly on an annual basis – once as a full class and three times within their place-based cohorts. The $60,000 three-year grant is inclusive of a stipend, support for learning opportunities and travel to required seminars. The fellowship supports both emerging and existing leaders in the foundation’s four U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. It also supports a national cohort of leaders focused on racial equity.
The Volunteers in Asia Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young or established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. Candidates include starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree. Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, applications are accepted from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection. The fellowship provides a living and housing stipend, medical insurance, Intra-Asia travel and language study grants.
The Echidna Global Scholars Program is a 4-6 month visiting fellowship hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. The program aims to build the research and analytical skills of NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience and ties to developing countries. Echidna Scholars focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world. Applicants are expected to have some background in education, development, economics, gender, or a related area; a Master’s degree at minimum, and at least 15 years of professional experience.
Teach For America (TFA) is a national teacher recruitment program that aims to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two or more years in low-income communities throughout the United States. Corps members attend an intensive 5-week summer institute to prepare for their commitment and then are placed in schools in urban and rural areas. Uncertified corps members receive alternative certification through coursework taken while completing the program. TFA teachers are full-fledged faculty members at their schools, receiving the normal school district salary and benefits.
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