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.
- Retreats start and end the program and allow for meaningful connection among students
- Weekly classes cover 18 topics in community and organizational leadership, ranging from community organizing to budgeting and fundraising (see example agenda here)
- 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. The program includes:
- Full-day retreats in October and April
- Classes on Tuesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm or 4:00-7:00pm, with a detailed schedule provided at the start of the year
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, Program Coordinator, 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.