Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship Program

Nathan Cummings Foundation

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Deadline: Sep 1, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $150,000

Fields of work: Social Justice / Human Rights Climate Change Resilience

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty, Unaffiliated Researcher

Funding uses: Conference, Fellowship

Location of project: United States, Puerto Rico

Location of residency: United States, Puerto Rico

Location of citizenship: United States, Puerto Rico

Must travel to: New York County, New York

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Overview:

About the Program

The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) Fellowship awards three individuals with up to $150,000 to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a reality. The program is designed for emergent leaders who have limited access to institutional philanthropy and whose work is traditionally underfunded.

Applicants

NCF welcomes a diverse pool of applicants representing practitioners in a variety of fields. Applicants should demonstrate a deep understanding and clear analysis of the field in which they work. They should also have a history of success in this field but still be positioned to benefit from the Foundation’ support.

Project Topics

The topic of a Fellow’s project should generally align with the Foundation’s focus on climate change and inequality. It should aim to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The Foundation is also interested in innovative approaches that cut across these areas.

Project Outcomes and Products

Applicants should have a clear idea of the project’s goal(s), audience, and impact on community. They should also demonstrate an understanding of the timeline and resources needed to execute their work.

Proposed projects might include the creation of a product such as a book or report; a public hearing or presentation; a launch of an initiative or nonprofit organization; an art piece; or other creative work products.

Selection Criteria

Each application is considered with respect to the following criteria:

  • The project’s alignment with NCF’s mission and focus on climate change and inequality.
  • The applicant’s understanding of the complex needs of the community it is working with and/or serving.
  • The project’s innovative approach.
  • The project’s long-term sustainability, and the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed work.
  • The project benefits from NCF support and has the potential to shift the way the Foundation approaches its work and advances its strategies.

Expectations and Support

Each recipient receives a stipend of up to $150,000, paid out in two installments over 18 months. In addition, the program offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • NCF welcomes a diverse pool of applicants representing practitioners in a variety of fields, who are emergent in their career and/or work. Applicants should demonstrate a deep understanding and clear analysis of the field in which they work. They should also have a history of success in this field but still be positioned to benefit from the Foundation’ support.
  • Only U.S. residents or citizens whose projects are focused on work within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible for the Fellowship at this time.
  • The topic of a Fellow’s project should generally align with the major challenges NCF seeks to address – climate change and inequality – and aim to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The Foundation is interested in innovative efforts that intersect across these issues.

Ineligibility:

  • The Fellowship program does NOT fund the following:
    • Enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.
    • Debt relief.
    • The Fellows’ health benefits or taxes owed to the IRS for the grant award.
    • Lobbying activities.
  • The Fellowship Program is an opportunity for individuals. Multiple submissions for the same project will not be considered. Please note that while someone is a Fellow, any organization(s) employing them is not eligible for a grant from NCF until the Fellowship’s completion.

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This page was last reviewed August 07, 2020 and last updated August 07, 2020