Join a powerful force for social change.

The Institute's Community Fellows Program (CFP) aims to ground emerging nonprofit and community leaders in the systemic context of social change work, provide key nonprofit management and leadership skills, and embed students in a robust professional network to propel their careers.

CFP is a fully-funded, highly competitive one year fellowship that meets in Boston. Students become part of a growing network of change leaders and can leverage the relationships and the skills they attain in the program to rise in the sector. 

Meet the 2018-2019 Community Fellows!

Program Elements

  • Classes cover 18 topics in community and organizational leadership, ranging from community organizing to budgeting and fundraising (see example agenda here)

  • Meaningful discussions, small group activities, and leadership case presentations. Intensive exploration of values and discussion of the impact of power and privilege on individuals, the nonprofit sector, and society.

  • One-on-one mentorship with an experienced nonprofit or private sector leader working in your area of interest

  • Access to additional resources through the Institute’s network, which include current students, alumni, faculty, community partners, and the Tisch College community

You'll walk away with:

  • A certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change from the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University

  • The ability to evaluate community problems and apply the critical skills required to achieve lasting social change

  • A comprehensive foundation in the broad range of skills required to manage and lead within an organization

  • A life-long, supportive peer-network of social justice oriented leaders


Community Fellows meet in Boston, from mid-September through early May. Join us for an info session or reach out to us at for more information.

Fully-funded Program

The Community Fellows Program is a fully-funded fellowship for one academic year. Students do not pay tuition for this program.



“My experience with the Institute was one of the defining moments of my life. After completing the Community Fellows Program I was promoted to a management position. With my newfound skills and confidence, I help support staff, develop policies, and implement best practices every day.”

—Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager, Zumix

Who are Community Fellows?

CFP is designed for high-potential emerging leaders committed to social justice.

Admission into Community Fellows is highly sought after. We seek young professionals who are:

  • Committed to nonprofit, organizing or public sector careers

  • Passionate about and motivated by social justice

  • Looking to build their personal and community leadership skills

A primary goal of the Community Fellows Program is to advance people of color in leadership roles. While a majority of CFP students identify as people of color, we encourage applications from all interested students.

Prospective students may apply directly. We also accept nominations for Community Fellows.

Learn More

View Frequently Asked Questions, or feel free to email us at any time to discuss your interest in the program.