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Ford Motor Company International Fellowship

Each year, a group of 20-24 emerging leaders from different regions of the world are selected to become Ford Fellows of 92nd Street Y. The program includes a three-week residency in New York City (May 30-June 20, 2012) and ongoing communication before and after the residency via telephone and email. Fellows are expected to complete assignments prior to their residency to maximize the value of their fellowship experience and after their residency to evaluate its impact and success.

Ford Fellows at the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

Each year, a group of 20-24 emerging leaders from different regions of the world are selected to become Ford Fellows of 92nd Street Y. The program includes a three-week residency in New York City (May 30-June 20, 2012) and ongoing communication before and after the residency via telephone and email. Fellows are expected to complete assignments prior to their residency to maximize the value of their fellowship experience and after their residency to evaluate its impact and success.

Learning, Skill Building and Networking
Fellows participate in an intensive immersion experience designed to address the challenges of community building in today's world. In partnership with the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, the fellows attend classes, lectures and interactive workshops in nonprofit management, leadership, strategic planning, finance and budget, public relations, volunteer recruiting, governance, fundraising and global trends. The fellows also enjoy opportunities for small-group discussions about vision, strategy, and management issues particular to their organizations. In addition, 92nd Street Y offers lectures and workshops on strengthening professional partnerships, building alliances and networks, honing presentation skills, improving grant writing and diversity training.

Vital counterparts to the classroom experience are the out-of-classroom visits to model nonprofits throughout New York City. In the past, fellows have visited non-profits focused on human rights, environmental sustainability, healthcare, microfinance, conflict resolution, youth education, homelessness, substance addiction, community building and more. We also tailor certain visits to complement and enhance each fellow's professional interests.

A distinctive feature of the Ford Fellowship is that we encourage participating community leaders to push the boundaries of their notions of partnership. The fellows are encouraged to think creatively and boldly about building alliances with business, government, and other nonprofit organizations. Fellows have meetings with established academic, business, diplomatic representatives, and government leaders. In the past, fellows have enjoyed unique opportunities to meet privately with the CEO of one of the world's largest multi-national corporations; a former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; well-regarded experts in global and current affairs; the head of an organization that strives to end homelessness in New York City; the principal of a model New York City public school committed to building a multicultural community of teachers, parents and students; and the director of a nonprofit supporting environmental sustainability and justice in the Bronx.
The experience is further enhanced by the Fellows' residency at 92nd Street Y, an institution founded in 1874 that has grown to serve over 300,000 people annually. At once a school, a lecture hall, a performance space and a place for gathering community, 92nd Street Y is a nonprofit organization that is unique in the world and vital to the cultural life of New York City. As the world's first global Jewish community and cultural center, 92nd Street Y serves people of all faiths, races, religions, nationalities, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups. Fellows have the opportunity to meet with 92nd Street Y staff experts, board members and community partners.

Eligibility
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, though younger applicants should note that we are looking for candidates with several years of leadership experience, and most fellows are already mid-career accomplished professionals. We seek candidates from a variety of backgrounds with the aim of creating a diverse group of Fellows who will work well together and offer a wide array of views and experiences. Candidates should be emerging leaders addressing issues whose resolution can have a significant positive impact on their communities, on their countries and—collectively—on the world. Successful participants have a hunger for professional improvement and share a passion to learn from all experiences offered during the fellowship.

Applicants must demonstrate fluency in English, have valid passports, and have access to a computer and the Internet. They may not be current recipients of other fellowships.

Fees and Services Covered
Airfare, accommodation, food, transportation, instruction, and other program-related expenses are included in the fellowship. Each participant receives a stipend upon arrival.
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