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.
We currently prioritize Fellows whose work directly impacts policy and practice in Greater Philadelphia. Given the deep connection between state policies and outcomes for children and youth in our region, the Foundation is also committed to projects focused on effecting change at the state level in Pennsylvania.
Interested in applying? Check out our application page!
Frequently Asked Questions
Fellows come from diverse professional backgrounds, such as medicine, law, social work, psychology, public policy, and program administration. While there is no specific experience requirement, candidates should have established track records in their fields of focus and strong professional relationships.
Fellows should also possess:
- Demonstrated experience successfully designing and executing projects of substantial size and complexity within prescribed timelines;
- The ability to bring together stakeholders from different perspectives to solve complex problems;
- A deep understanding of federal, state, and local policy, as well as current research and practice trends; and
- The ability to devote a substantial portion of their professional activities to the project.
Candidates must identify a host organization that will serve as a fiscal agent for Fellowship funds. Depending on the design of the project, the host organization may also provide Fellows with office space/equipment, administrative support, or assistance with fundraising and communications. Typically, host organizations are nonprofits, academic institutions, or government entities.
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. While the amount of the award depends on the personal circumstances of each Fellow and project, salary and direct project expenses may not exceed $150,000 annually. Fellowships are generally awarded for two to three years.
In addition to financial support, Stoneleigh works closely with Fellows to amplify the impact of their projects and provides exclusive opportunities for networking and professional development. Fellows also become lifelong members of Stoneleigh’s alumni network – a committed group of social justice leaders working to improve youth-serving systems.
Projects use one or more of the following levers to catalyze change in the systems that serve these young people:
- Research: Generating new knowledge that can inform better decision-making.
- Policy: Changing how systems work together to better meet the needs of young people.
- Practice: Developing new approaches to program design and delivery, and expanding promising programs.
For a clear sense of what types of projects are funded, you can access detailed descriptions of successful projects here.
As the first step in our process, we ask applicants to submit a two-page Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining the specific issue they seek to address and a description of the design, scope and overall deliverables of the project. (Full guidelines for submitting an LOI can be found here.)
If the project is determined to be a good potential fit, Foundation staff will conduct a preliminary interview with the candidate to discuss his or her idea. Applicants who advance beyond the interview stage will be asked to submit a full proposal that includes a more detailed project description (including a timeline and associated deliverables), budget, and relevant letters of support. Fellowship start dates are flexible and will be determined jointly by the Fellow and the Foundation.
Staff recommend selected projects to Stoneleigh’s Board of Directors for approval at quarterly meetings that take place in early March, June, September, and December.
A Fellowship is support for an individual to pursue an idea. It allows individuals the freedom from day-to-day work responsibilities to devote themselves to a project they have identified, which will make lasting change in the systems that serve vulnerable and underserved children and youth.
Our Fellowships are distinct from staff positions in that Fellows relinquish their day-to-day job duties and are free to use the majority of their time to pursue their projects. There is a discrete start and end date to the Fellowship, unlike an ongoing staff position.