Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces 2019 Fellowship Application

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces 2019 Fellowship Application

  NCF Fellowship awards up to $150k to three individuals working to solve the climate crisis and growing inequality

NEW YORK – The Nathan Cummings Foundation announced today they are accepting applications for the fifth cycle of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, which provides three individuals with up to $150,000 to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. The 18-month Fellowship offers hands-on training, resources and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work.

“We believe we’ll get closer to solving the climate crisis and reversing growing inequality when we give those brave enough to challenge the status quo the support and space to take risks to advance justice. That’s what our fellowship is all about,” said Nathan Cummings Foundation President Sharon Alpert. “We are looking for courageous leaders willing to work in new ways, forge unusual and powerful alliances, and push breakthrough ideas that make the ‘impossible’ possible. We welcome the disruptors, the movement builders and the system thinkers to apply.”

Our current Fellows are engaged in groundbreaking work to find solutions to these urgent issues and to transform systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. Francisca Porchas Coronado is building healing and restoration for LatinX communities through Healing in Resistance. Anna Claussen is engaging rural communities on climate change through national Voices for Rural Resilience. Jasiri X is training artists to become advocates for social justice through the 1Hood Artivist Academy.

NCF looks for Fellows whose work reflects the identity and DNA of the Foundation, and our focus on climate change and inequality. Fellowship projects should align with at least one of the Foundation’s four focus areas, which together form an integrated framework for our work to advance a healthy planet and democracy:

Exceptional Fellowship applications will explain how the potential Fellow will work to push NCF beyond its boundaries by opening productive new lines of inquiry, asking provocative questions, and developing new ideas, approaches and strategies to solve the climate crisis and end inequality.

Fellows are thought partners who inform the Foundation’s work. During the course of the Fellowship, they will have the use of a dedicated office at NCF’s New York City headquarters, access to NCF staff and network of grantees, advisors and thought leaders to provide strategic counsel on their project goals. During the Fellowship, the Fellows collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and work together to push their work forward. 

The NCF Fellowship welcomes a diverse pool of applicants representing practitioners in a variety of fields. Applicants should hold a deep understanding of their subject area, possess a clear analysis of their field, and be able to demonstrate a proven history of professional accomplishment and risk-taking.

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST on December 14, 2018. Finalists will be notified February 2019. From the finalists, three Fellows will be awarded up to $150,000 for an 18-month grant term, beginning June 2019.

About the Nathan Cummings Foundation

Rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, the Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society. The Foundation focuses on finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality – and aims to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The Foundation has awarded nearly $500 million in grants over the last 27 years to support social movements, organizations and individuals pursuing justice for people and the planet. For more information, visit

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