Jobs & Fellowships | The New York Community Trust

Five Graduate Student Fellowships Available (PAID)

(Application deadline: Tuesday, February 18, 2020)


The New York Community Trust (The Trust), the community foundation for the New York area, is offering five fellowships for full-time graduate students. The Trust, established in 1924, is one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the United States and one of the largest funders of non-profits in New York. With assets approaching $3 billion, it makes grants in three program areas: Promising Futures, Thriving Communities, and Healthy Lives. In 2019 The Trust made approximately $170 million in grants.

Fellowship Descriptions

Promising Futures (Fellowship 1)

Trust grants build promising futures by helping young people prosper; provide job training and placement; make our educational and justice systems work for everyone; alleviate hunger and homelessness; improve family and child welfare services; address the unique needs of girls and young women; and advance the practice of social work.

Thriving Communities (Fellowship 2)

Trust grants protect and create affordable housing, promote equity in the arts, improve civic engagement, and protect our environment. The Trust supports agencies working on these issues at the neighborhood level, as well as government and nonprofit institutions developing such strategies. Grants also support efforts to improve the functioning of nonprofits and government.

Healthy Lives (Fellowship 3)

Trust grants develop the skills, improve independence, and enhance the quality of life of older adults and people with disabilities. And, as health care changes, The Trust helps health and social service providers deliver efficient, cost-effective services to all New Yorkers. Grants support projects that improve the quality of care, strengthen providers, and address costs and health disparities.

The Promising Futures, Thriving Communities, and Healthy Lives Fellows will be exposed to all areas of grantmaking: proposal review, site visits and grantee meetings, grant investigation and analysis, writing grant recommendations, and reviewing reports.

Philanthropic Initiatives (Fellowship 4)

The Fellow will assist the vice president for philanthropic initiatives with donor services and communications. S/he will conduct and analyze research on the grants program; create infographics that share giving stories; author articles for Trust and philanthropy blogs; attend donor and philanthropic learning circle events; write grant summaries for donors; and support the promotion and marketing of philanthropic advisory services.

Communications and Marketing (Fellowship 5)

The Fellow will write Trust-related press releases, newsletter stories, and blog posts; produce posts for social media channels; conduct research and analyze data for marketing and communications purposes; report on and take photos of issue briefings; help produce marketing concepts and copy; produce and analyze marketing efforts; and assist with production and monitoring of Google ads.

Requirements and Responsibilities

All Fellows must have the capacity to work independently and in a timely manner; possess clear and accurate writing and proofreading skills; and know how to function within a professional office environment.

For the Promising Futures, Thriving Communities, and Healthy Lives Fellows, a major responsibility is monitoring grantee performance and writing interim and final progress reports. Candidates must have a background in one or more of the focus areas; an ability to conduct meetings with grantees; and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

The Philanthropic Initiatives Fellow must have strong organizational and research skills; fluency with Microsoft Word and Excel; an appreciation for details; a background in nonprofits or philanthropy; and knowledge of New York City.

The Communications and Marketing Fellow should have strong technical and research skills; good attention to detail; an ability to work both on a team and independently; an interest in writing for and about philanthropy and the nonprofit world; and knowledge of New York City.

Fellowship Eligibility Details

  • Applicants must be entering their last year of a full-time graduate program in New York City and scheduled to graduate in May 2021. The fellowship pays $21 an hour (no fringe benefits).
  • Applicants must have existing authorization to work in the United States.
  • This is a temporary, time-limited Fellowship that starts in May 2020 and ends in May 2021.
  • Fellows work 35 hours a week between May 2020 and August 2020 and 15 to 20 hours a week between September 2020 and May 2021. Fellows must commit to the entire period.
  • Fellows must remain enrolled as full-time graduate students for the entire Fellowship.
  • Fellows’ field of graduate study must match an aspect of the Fellowship.
  • Fellowships are intended as learning experiences to complement Fellows’ area of study; Fellowships are not considered an entry-level position at The Trust or intended to lead to one.

How to Apply

Email a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, resume, and 500 to 1,500 word writing sample to by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

To expedite internal sorting and reviewing, please type the specific fellowship for which you are applying (i.e., Promising Futures, Thriving Communities, Health Lives, Philanthropic Initiatives, or Communications,) your Last Name, and First Name as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

You may only apply for one of the Fellowships. If we conclude that your qualifications may fit a different Fellowship than the one for which you applied for, we will share your application with the hiring team for that area. Interviews will be scheduled between March 11th and March 26th, with decisions announced by April 10, 2020.