International Fellows in Philanthropy Program (1988-2015)

In the Fall of 1988, the inaugural class of five Johns Hopkins International Philanthropy Fellows arrived on campus. Over the ensuing 27 years, the Fellows Network grew to include 150 total Fellows from 55 countries, representing virtually every continent and region of the world. The resulting International Fellows in Philanthropy Network boasts 150 Fellows from 55 countries, including many of the brightest stars of the academic community involved in the study of the nonprofit sector, as well as civil society leaders and innovators around the world.

From the concept note, circa 1986:
The purpose of this program would be to offer students and practitioners in the voluntary sector abroad the opportunity to learn first-hand about the character and operation of the American voluntary sector, to encourage leadership development in the sector internationally, and to foster a greater sense of common purpose and mutual understanding among individuals involved in voluntary institutions throughout the world. In the process, the program would help create a truly international community of people who share a common base of knowledge about the nonprofit sector and its role in modern life.

This highly successful program provided opportunities for researchers studying nonprofit or philanthropic organizations outside the United States to engage in independent research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. Research by program participants typically examined an aspect of U.S. nonprofit organizations, often in comparison with nonprofits in their home country, with the expectation that their new knowledge might benefit the nonprofit sector in their home country or region. Research topics encompassed a wide spectrum of civil society concerns such as transparency and governance; public-private partnerships; nonprofit provision of social services; the marketization of nonprofits; charitable fund-raising; tax policy; the role of foundations; community organizing or empowerment; nonprofits and labor; and volunteerism. The Fellows Program welcomed its final participant in 2015. Click here to download a list of all past Fellows or hover over the countries in the map below to see them.

Fellows Conferences

In addition to bringing highly-qualified Fellows to study at the Center, the program convened a series of 21 international conferences, giving participants in the Fellows program the opportunity to interface not only with each other, but with a wide array of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders from around the world, including a strong contingent of practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers from the host country—while at the same time broadening understanding of the nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary sector at the international level. Fellows conferences were held in a diverse array of host countries and cities, including Nairobi, Bucharest, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Bangalore, Santiago, Melbourne, London, Krakow, Lille, Amsterdam, Rome, Jerusalem, Accra, Mexico City, Beijing, Moscow, Barcelona, and Milan. The 21st and final Fellows Conference was held in July 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal in partnership with the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia at the Instituto Universitário de Libsoa (CIES-IUL) on the grounds of the Calouste Gulbenkinan Foundation. To learn more about this final conference, click here.

Fellows Publications

The Fellows Program published a series of Conference Action Statements as well as several Fellows-produced Journals. Please visit the publications database to browse all related publications. For blog posts related to the Fellows Program, please click here.


FOR FELLOWS: We have created a Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Facebook group, which is open to all Fellows. We hope that this group will provide a forum to nurture this growing and dynamic Fellows Network. If you are a Fellow, please join the group to connect with other program alumni!

For other inquiries related to the Fellows Program, please contact former Program Coordinator and Center Communications Manager Chelsea Newhouse.