Frequently Asked Questions

The Emerging Leader Fellowship lasts for two years. The next recruitment cycle will begin in the early fall of 2018; Fellowships will begin in September 2019 and continue through September 2021.

Stoneleigh staff and external expert reviewers use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

  • Alignment with Stoneleigh’s Mission: The project clearly aligns with the Foundation’s overall mission to improve life outcomes for vulnerable young people by advancing change in the systems that serve them.
  • Urgency: The proposal demonstrates there is a timely need for this project.
  • Feasibility: The scope of the project fits within the time and resources allotted by the Fellowship. If the project requires collaboration with other organizations or access to data, the necessary supports and/or approvals have been secured.
  • Organizational Capacity: The problem to be addressed is aligned with the host organization’s overall mission and strategy, and the host has the capacity to effectively supervise an Emerging Leader Fellow.
  • Learning Potential: The project will provide the Fellowship candidate with sufficient opportunities to develop professionally and learn new skills, and there will be robust support and supervision for the Fellow.

Overall, we are looking for projects that not only help advance the host organization’s work, but also have the potential to add value to the field more broadly.

The Fellowship award goes directly to the host organization and includes funds for the Fellow’s salary (typically $45,000 for Fellows with undergraduate degrees and $55,000 for those with graduate degrees), benefits, and taxes. Stoneleigh also provides up to $2,000 for professional development expenses annually. All final budgets are approved by Stoneleigh.

In addition to financial support, we provide Fellows with the connections and exposure to advance their project goals and promote their professional development. For example, we intentionally foster a sense of community among our current and former Fellows and provide opportunities to exchange ideas across disciplines and substantive focus areas. We also offer opportunities to disseminate findings to other funders and influencers, both locally and nationally.

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 and identify opportunities to share findings

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

The Emerging Leader Fellowship is intended to provide individuals with the opportunity to lead a project and gain valuable hands-on experience. Unlike a staff position, which includes day-to-day tasks related to the ongoing operations of an organization, a Fellowship is a focused project with discrete goals. Furthermore, opportunities for professional development are built into project goals and pursued throughout the year. These opportunities may include accompanying host organization staff to meetings that will help inform the Fellow’s work, attending conferences, and making contacts with leaders in the field.

While we do not have a set number of awards, we typically grant between three and five Fellowships per two-year cycle.

No, organizations may only submit one abstract per Fellowship cycle.

  1. Organizations submit a two-page abstract describing the project they are interested in pursuing with an Emerging Leader Fellow.
  2. Stoneleigh notifies organizations about whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.
  3. Invited organizations submit full proposals to Stoneleigh.
  4. Stoneleigh notifies organizations about whether they are approved to enter the next phase of the application process, which involves recruiting potential Fellows.
  5. Approved organizations publicize the project and Fellowship opportunity broadly through their networks. Stoneleigh also advertises the projects. Fellowship candidates apply directly to—and are interviewed by—the host organization.
  6. Organizations then submit information about their final proposed Fellowship candidate to Stoneleigh.
  7. Stoneleigh interviews Fellowship finalists and their proposed supervisors.
  8. Stoneleigh staff present recommended candidates and projects to the Board for approval.
  9. Organizations and candidates are notified about whether they have been approved for funding.

We recognize that advancing change in policy and practice is often best accomplished when organizations work in collaboration. As such, we welcome proposals that are developed collaboratively; however, only one organization may serve as the designated host and the fiscal agent for the Fellowship funds.

Yes. We’d be happy to review revised proposals and/or new ideas from organizations whose projects were not previously advanced.

Yes, however, organizations that are currently hosting a Fellow are ineligible to apply.

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