Public Policy Fellowship

Philanthropy New York introduces a two-year, full-time employment opportunity for a recent graduate student to work with leaders across the philanthropic sector. The Philanthropy New York Public Policy 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 Public Policy 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 Public Policy Fellow.

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Interested in refining your job application skills and learning more about philanthropy? Register to attend our February 27th fellowship open house event by clicking here. 


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?
Click here for the job description and application requirements.

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 Fellow

Jo Christine Miles joined PNY as our third Public Policy Fellow in the Summer of 2017, after obtaining a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

She works with several of PNY's issue-based groups to articulate policy issues, advance public policies that support effective philanthropy and a productive non-profit sector, and promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing among funders to improve the lives of New Yorkers and communities throughout the world.

Former Fellows

Shiza Pasha
Associate Program Officer
Elma Philanthropies
Report: The Nation’s Eyes on Rikers: A Report on Community Leader-Identified Priorities, Opportunities for Funders and Key Organizing Objective

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

In Conversation with our Former Fellows