The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Our fellowship program is a core component of our work to inform and advance social justice philanthropy.  From numerous applications each year, we select up to four eligible Heller graduate students and help place them in philanthropy-related summer internships. We grant each Fellow a $5,500 stipend. (Additional expenses, such as travel, may be covered, with determination on a case-by-case basis.)  

We invite eligible Heller MPP,  MBA, SID, COEX, dual-degree Master's students and PhD students, with an interest in the philanthropic sector, to apply. Before applying, please be sure that your internship responsibilities will not conflict with the schedules and requirements of your academic program at the Heller School. You must complete a minimum of 300 hours of work at your internship site.

Fellows complete their summer internships at a U.S. based grantmaking organization (ie: a private foundation, a community foundation, a family foundation) or a philanthropic advisory group or affinity group (ie: Funders Strategy Group or Exponent Philanthropy or Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees) or a research organization that explores issues related to philanthropy (ie: The Foundation Center)  

Some recent internship sites for Sillerman Fellows include: The Boston Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Social Innovation Forum, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and many others.

The application for the summer 2018 Sillerman fellowship program is now closed. If you have further questions, please contact Sheryl Seller at

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