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Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
to Host Fellowships to Address At-Risk Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

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Stoneleigh Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/11/20 - Deadline for Organizations to Host Fellows


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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies to host Fellows to work on projects that address the needs of disadvantaged youth. Projects focus on practices and policies in education, health, equity, and child welfare. Fellows receive a full-time, two-year position for early career professionals. The Fellowship provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development. Fellows work collaboratively with host organizations to execute discrete projects that advance the organizations' missions and allowing Fellows to gain new skills and experiences through policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Projects must have an impact on policy and practice that affects young people in Greater Philadelphia.

Emerging Leader Fellows come from diverse educational backgrounds, such as law, social work, public administration, and education. All possess a deep commitment to social justice; are proactive, organized problem-solvers; and are poised to become leaders in their fields. They advance change by advocating for policy and practice improvements, conducting applied research, advancing new approaches to service delivery, employing legal advocacy strategies, and building coalitions and partnerships.

In addition to financial support, Fellows are provided with the connections and exposure to advance their project goals and promote their professional development. For example, the Foundation intentionally fosters a sense of community among current and former Fellows and provide opportunities to exchange ideas across disciplines and focus areas. Opportunities to disseminate findings to other funders and influencers, both locally and nationally, are also offered.

Emerging Leader Fellow supervisors play a unique and critical role. They not only directly oversee the Fellow’s work, but also serve as mentors and provide connections to professional development opportunities. Specifically, supervisors are expected to:

  • Collaborate with the Fellow to develop a work plan and support project implementation
  • Meet regularly with the Fellow to supervise the project and provide mentorship
  • Support the Fellow’s professional development and identify opportunities to build leadership skills
  • Work with the Fellow to finalize project deliverables, identify opportunities to share findings, and support the project’s overall impact and sustainability

The capacity of each proposed supervisor to fulfill these obligations is closely examined through detailed questions in the project proposal and an in-person interview.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166123

Number of Grants:

Typically 3 - 4 Fellowships per cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fellowship award goes directly to the host organization and includes funds for the Fellow’s salary, benefits, and taxes. Salary is $60,000 in Year 1, with a 3% increase in Year 2. Stoneleigh also provides up to $2,500 for professional development expenses annually. All final budgets are approved by Stoneleigh.

Term of Contract:

The Emerging Leader Fellowship lasts for two years. The 2021-2023 Emerging Leader Fellowships will begin in September 2021 and continue through September 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following types of organizations working in Greater Philadelphia are eligible to apply:
-Academic institutions (e.g., research centers, academic research hospitals, universities)
-Nonprofit organizations (e.g., legal services providers, advocacy organizations, child welfare agencies, other service providers)
-Public sector agencies (e.g., local/state government agencies, school district, district attorney’s office, judiciary)

Funding Exclusions:
-Organizations that are currently hosting a Fellow are ineligible to apply.
-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.)
-The Foundation does not support Fellowship projects focused on lobbying or advocacy aimed at influencing specific legislation or political campaigns.
-The Foundation does not support Fellowship projects that focus exclusively on providing direct services to individuals.
-The Foundation does not support Fellowship projects that do not impact youth or young adults.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Upcoming virtual information sessions will be held on June 9 and June 18.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications for organizations interested in hosting a 2021-2023 Emerging Leader Fellow are due on Friday, September 11, 2020.

Applications for individual candidates interested in a 2021-2023 Emerging Leader Fellowship will open in November 2020.

Applying for an Emerging Leader Fellowship:
Youth Justice:
Child Welfare:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


123 S. Broad Street, Suite 1630
Philadelphia, PA 19109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Greater Philadelphia

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