Public Policy 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 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.


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 2019-2021 Public Policy Fellows have been selected. The fellowship application cycle will begin the winter of 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

Shamira Lukomwa comes to PNY with rich experiences from the private, public and social impact sectors across North America, East and West Africa. She has managed, developed and led programs for an international experiential education non-profit and headed the communication and marketing department of an art-activism hub in Nairobi that fosters social movements through the arts. Shamira has also held various research consultancies, most recently with a strategic advisory and analytics firm that assesses company culture at Global 500 companies.

Shamira holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

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
Senior Advisor, President's Office
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Shiza Pasha
Associate Program Officer
Elma Philanthropies
Report: The Nation’s Eyes on Rikers

In Conversation with our Former Fellows