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. 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. 

Program Elements

  • Retreats that start and end the program and allow for meaningful exchange and connection among students
  • Weekly classes that cover 18 topics in community and organizational leadership, ranging from community organizing to budgeting and fundraising 
  • Intensive exploration of values, and discussion of the impact of power and privilege on individuals, the nonprofit sector, and society
  • The opportunity to be paired with a mentor based on students' professional goals and 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 Nonprofit Management and Leadership 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

Schedule and Locations

Our academic year lasts from mid-September through early May. The program meets one evening per week on the following schedule: 

  • Greater Boston: Tuesday
  • Merrimack Valley: Thursday

The program schedule includes:

  • Full-day retreats in October and April
  • Classes on most weeks from 4:00pm-6:00pm, with approximately one class each month lasting until 7:00pm to allow for intensive case discussion

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, 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.

Feel free to email us at any time to discuss your interest in the program.

Application Process 

Applications for the 2017-18 program year will be available by mid-November. Learn more about the application process here.