Applying for an Emerging Leader Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship! As the first step in our process, we ask organizations interested in hosting a Fellow to submit a project abstract.


The 2021-2023 Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship is a two-year, full-time, hands-on position for early career professionals. Fellows work collaboratively with a host organization and the Stoneleigh Foundation to execute a project that advances the missions of these organizations and enhances Fellows’ professional skills and leadership development. These projects focus on improving policies and practices in youth justice, child welfare, education, and health. The Fellowship provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Organizations interested in hosting a 2021-2023 Emerging Leader Fellow develop project ideas and manage candidate recruitment. Stoneleigh interviews the finalists selected by the host organizations, and presents recommended candidates and projects to its Board of Directors for approval.


Abstracts should be limited to two pages, single-spaced with 1-inch margins and a standard sans serif 12-point font (e.g., Calibri, Arial, Helvetica). The abstract should include:

  • About Your Organization: Briefly describe your organization and its mission.
  • Problem Statement: Clearly describe the problem the Emerging Leader Fellow will focus on and why it is significant and timely. Explain how the problem to be addressed fits with the mission of your organization.
  • Project Description: Describe the design of the project, including key stakeholders, and the project’s overall goals and deliverables. Explain how the project addresses the problem statement, how it will add value to the field, and how it will strengthen your organization’s work over the long term.
  • Emerging Leader Fellow: Describe how the Emerging Leader Fellow will benefit from leading this project, including opportunities to develop professionally and learn new skills. Indicate any specific knowledge or expertise the Fellow will need to complete this work. Articulate your organization’s capacity to effectively supervise an Emerging Leader Fellow.


Applications for organizations interested in hosting a 2021-2023 Emerging Leader Fellow are now closed.

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

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