Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship


The Nathan Cummings Foundation is pleased to launch the search for the third cohort of The Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship.  Three visionaries will receive $100,000 each for one year and the support to turn an inspired idea into a game-changing reality.  Successful applicants will be proven risk-takers who are ready to build on the Foundation’s strengths, question our assumptions, and be open to new approaches.

Nathan Cummings Fellows will work in close collaboration with NCF staff and other Fellows on innovative projects that challenge established strategies and align with new and unexpected partners.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation values diversity; all qualified applicants will be considered without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status or any protected characteristics as established under law.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a track record of risk-taking, out of the box thinking, and a proven ability to turn ideas into action
  • Commit to working from the Foundation’s New York City Office at least one week per quarter


The Fellowship Program provides three individuals with $100,000 each to pursue a social or economic justice objective over one year.  The proposed projects must demonstrate exceptional vision and relate to at least one the Foundation’s focus areas:

And use at least one of the Foundation’s Four Approaches:

Fellows' projects will be expected to build on NCF’s current program areas and approaches by pushing beyond their boundaries and opening productive new lines of inquiry; asking provocative questions; challenging conventional wisdom; and developing new ideas, approaches, and strategies.  

Fellows will have access to career support from the NCF staff and a network of NCF grantees and advisors, both during and after their fellowship year.   


How to Apply

Applications are due by midnight, Eastern Time on March 26, 2015. Ten finalists will be identified in the Spring of 2015.  Finalists will be invited to present at the Foundation’s board meeting in June 2015 at which time the three Fellows will be selected.  The grant term will be September 2015 to August 2016.  

Click here to complete the Fellowship Application.

All applications must be no later than midnight, EST on March 26, 2015.

Inquiries can be submitted electronically to