Join a powerful force for social change.

The Institute's Community Fellows Program (CFP) invests in the next generation of nonprofit and community leaders dedicated to social change by advancing their leadership skills, increasing their social capital, and embedding students in a robust professional network to propel their careers.

CFP is a fully-funded fellowship for high-potential emerging leaders poised to take the next step in their career. Each year, the fellows chosen will become part of a growing network of change leaders who will rise together in the field.

Meet the 2019-20 Community Fellows!

Program Elements

  • Full day sessions once a month, covering a range of topics in community and organizational leadership, including community organizing, personal brand building, fundraising, networking, developing your leadership narrative and much more. (See sample agenda here.)

  • A 1.5 day retreat to kick off the year as a platform build meaningful connection and a social justice platform. A half day closing retreat and celebration to share significant learnings from the year.

  • Intensive exploration of values and discussion of the impact of power and privilege on individuals, the nonprofit sector, and society.

  • Access to additional resources through the Institute’s network, which include other leaders in the sector, current students, alumni, faculty, and community partners

You'll walk away with:

  • A certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change

  • The ability to evaluate community problems and apply the critical skills required to achieve lasting social change

  • A comprehensive foundation in the broad range of skills required to advance in organizational leadership

  • A life-long, supportive peer-network of social justice oriented leaders


Boston - Community Fellows meet from mid-September through early May. 

New York City - Community Fellows meet from January through June. 

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Fully-funded Program

The Community Fellows Program is a fully-funded fellowship for one academic year. Students do not pay tuition for this program.



“My experience with the Institute was one of the defining moments of my life. After completing the Community Fellows Program I was promoted to a management position. With my newfound skills and confidence, I help support staff, develop policies, and implement best practices every day.”

—Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager, Zumix

Who are Community Fellows?

CFP is designed for high-potential emerging leaders committed to social justice.

Admission into Community Fellows is highly sought after. We seek young professionals who are:

  • Committed to and actively working within nonprofit, organizing or public sector careers

  • Passionate about and motivated by social justice

  • Looking to build their personal and community leadership skills

While the primary goal of the Community Fellows Program is to advance people of color in leadership roles, we encourage applications from all interested students.

Prospective students may apply directly. We also accept nominations for Community Fellows.

Learn More

View Frequently Asked Questions, or feel free to email us at any time to discuss your interest in the program.