The essence of civil society is the capacity of non-governmental and other non-profit organizations and their leaders to play significant public policy roles. The Sanford School of Public Policy long has been a national leader on issues related to non-profits and public policy. With generous seed funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA), the school has established a new initiative, the Joel L. Fleishman Fellows in Civil Society, created in honor of Joel Fleishman, the school’s founding director, current professor of law and public policy studies and director of the school’s Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions, recently retired president of The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA), and accomplished leader in the field of public policy and philanthropy.
Structure of Fellowship
The Fellowship provides a select group of leaders from domestic non-profit organizations, international non-governmental organizations, foundations, government, socially responsible businesses, and other civil society groups in the United States and internationally with the opportunity to come in residence at the Sanford School for a four-week mini-sabbatical. Full-time academics are not eligible to apply. While at Duke, Fellows perform research and work with Sanford faculty and other Duke affiliates on issues relating to the development of civil society.
Applicants are selected based upon their proposed research project and other application materials as listed below. As part of the Fellowship, housing and program expenses are covered. Fellows also receive a $6,000 stipend. Fellows will have access to Duke University library and research centers. The Fellowship period typically begins on October 1. The Fellowship start date is not flexible since all Fellows must begin together as a cohort.
As part of the Fellowship, a short trip to Washington D.C. is organized so Fellows may visit with organizations such as the U.S. Institute of Peace, National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. State Department and other organizations relevant to their research. Fellows also gather weekly for colloquiums on civil society. Throughout the month, each Fellow performs research on a topic of their choosing relating to the promotion of civil society in their country. Examples of past research project titles include: Enabling a Legal and Fiscal Framework for Civil society in Pakistan and Applying Modern Banking Technology to Microcredit Practices in the United States, The Globalization of American Philanthropy, and Policy Partnerships in Combating Corruption in the South Caucasus Region.