Civic Leader Fellows Program

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATON GUIDE HERE - Deadline to apply is July 7, 2017

The Cornell Civic Leaders Fellowship Program (CCLFP) invites two (2) community leaders involved in economic and/or community development efforts to join the Cornell community as both learners and teachers for an academic year.  The program will award $5,000 to each selected fellow.  The selection will be based on the applicant’s interest in furthering their leadership and capacity development through a project that they can accomplish in one year.    Selection criteria will be based on the applicants’ experiences, demonstration of leadership, involvement, interests in furthering their leadership capacity and developing connection with Cornell University faculty, students and staff, rather than on their educational backgrounds.

CCLFP Program Goals:

  • Support leaders to provide assistance in their effort to address critical institutional and community problems whether local, national or international.
  • Foster university and community practices that encourage greater commitment by all to community building, grassroots organizing and social responsibility.
  • Strengthen and build regional university-community collaborative relationships to address local, national or international projects.
  • Support community leaders as they reflect upon past practices, plan for the future and enhance the capacities of their communities, as well as to contribute to instructional and research activities, as appropriate and available.  Community-based activities are the normal standard.  However, these standards could be met via classroom or research settings, if opportunities are available.

The program will award $5,000 to each selected fellow.  The selection will be based on the applicant’s interest in furthering their leadership development and capacity development through a project that they can accomplish in one year.  Selection criteria will be based on the applicants’ experiences, demonstration of leadership, interests in furthering their leadership capacity and developing connection with Cornell University faculty, students and staff rather than on their educational backgrounds.

  • An Advisory Board consisting of community leaders, faculty, and university administrators reviews all applications. 
  • Applications must demonstrate how each project proposal is responding to community capacity-building needs and enhancing the academic experience of on- and off-campus participants, as well as identifying university resources, staff, and departments with which the Fellow intends to work. 
  • Proposals must show evidence of community support, include an evaluation plan, and explain how results will be disseminated, both on campus and back into the community.  Fellows are expected to serve as guest lecturers in courses and colloquiums over the period of one year.

Application deadline is July 7, 2017. Download the application guide here

The Civic Leaders Fellows Program has been generously supported by John ('74) and Elaine ('77) Alexander. Consider the gift of giving! Donate to the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program!