What types of candidates are eligible to become a Fellow?
We are interested in providing an opportunity for early-career professionals who would benefit from the experience of leading a policy, research, or advocacy project. We expect that candidates will have completed a graduate degree (or an undergraduate degree with equivalent experience) within the three years prior to submitting their applications.
What types of organizations are eligible to host a Fellow?
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)
Organizations must propose an idea for a discrete project to be carried out by an Emerging Leader Fellow. These projects should advance systems change in one or more of Stoneleigh’s core areas of interest: youth justice, child welfare, education and health. Fellows typically create change by:
- Advocating for policy and practice improvements
- Conducting applied research
- Advancing new approaches to service delivery
- Employing legal advocacy strategies
- Building coalitions and partnerships
Past Emerging Leader Fellows have enabled host organizations to deepen their body of work in an existing area, explore an emerging issue in greater depth, or test a new idea.
- 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.)
- We do not support Fellowship projects focused on lobbying or advocacy aimed at influencing specific legislation.
- We do not support Fellowship projects that focus exclusively on providing direct services to individuals.
- We do not support Fellowship projects that do not impact youth or young adults.