Philanthropy Fellowship

Philanthropy New York offers a two-year, full-time employment opportunity for a recent graduate student to work with leaders across the philanthropic sector. The PNY Philanthropy Fellowship is designed to support the organization’s commitment to building diversity and equity in the philanthropic field and increase our organization’s capacity to work with our membership. Our Philanthropy Fellows facilitate issue-based working groups, develop and execute programs on current issues in the field, curate content for our media platforms and write insightful reports and publications.

Hone your understanding of grant-making, build your facilitation skills, expand your network, and deepen your knowledge of public policies that support an effective non-profit sector as a Philanthropy New York Fellow.

*Information about the 2023 Philanthropy Fellowship Application Process will be uploaded shortly*

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Who should apply to the PNY Fellowship?
The Fellowship is designed to support Philanthropy New York’s commitment to building a more diverse and racially equitable philanthropic sector. Recent recipients of graduate-level degrees from underrepresented or diverse backgrounds may apply to the fellowship. 

Do I need prior philanthropy experience?
Applicants do not need prior philanthropic experience.  Prior work experience in nonprofit, government, or corporate sustainability is helpful, but not required.

Am I eligible if I do not currently live in the New York City area?
Yes.  We will arrange for video-conference interviews.  If offered the fellowship, we do not have the resources to provide relocation support for your move to New York City.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to be a fellow?
You must be eligible to work in the United States at the time you begin the fellowship.

How do I apply?
The fellowship application cycle will open on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Should I submit letters of recommendation? Should my references email you directly?
We will ask you to provide references if you advance to the final round of the application process.

May I provide supplementary materials?
You may provide a writing sample that you feel demonstrates your ability to write in a style appropriate to policy and programming work.

May I meet with you before applying? Will you review my application before I submit it?
Unfortunately, we are only able to meet with the candidates who advance to the interview stage.  

Is this a paid fellowship?
Yes, fellows earn a salary of $67,500 as well as medical insurance benefits, vacation time, and a contribution to a 403(b) plan. 

How long is the PNY Fellowship?
Fellows must make a 2-year commitment to working full-time at Philanthropy New York.

Current Fellows

Kimberly Roberts is a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) trained social justice educator and facilitator with over ten years of experience leading students and professionals through anti-racism work both at home and abroad. Her passion for racial and gender justice fuels her desire to shape equitable policies through education and advocacy.

Kimberly recently completed her second Master’s degree in Public and Urban Policy from the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment at the New School where she worked on issues of school segregation, the effectiveness of community schools, creating career ladders for social service workers and achieving salary parity for NYC’s early childhood educators.

Former Fellows

Stephanie Chrispin
Communications Manager
Trinity Wall Street
Insights: For CEIP, Don’t Call It a ComebackI


Jo Christine Miles
Director, Principle Foundation and Community Relations
Principle Financial Group 

Shiza Pasha
Foundation and Nonprofit Consultant
Independent Consulting
Report: The Nation’s Eyes on Rikers


Shamira Lukomwa
Associate Program Officer
Elma Philanthropies
Insights: Philanthropy in Focus


In Conversation with our Former Fellows