The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

skip to content


The Sillerman Center's mission is to inform and advance social justice philanthropy through research, education, practice and leadership development. This includes fellowships to encourage those outcomes.

Sillerman fellowship stipends are awarded to up to four (4) eligible Heller graduate students for the Summer fellowship program. The Summer 2017 Application is due on February 17, 2017!

Eligible Heller MPP students, Heller MBA students, Heller SID students, dual-degree Master's students, and Heller PhD students are invited to apply for the fellowship program. Fellows complete internships during the summer at a U.S. based philanthropies, foundations, philanthropic advisory groups or think tanks. Sillerman provides stipends of $5,000 to each selected fellow for summer internships that work with the schedules and requirements of the MPP, MBA, SID, and PhD programs at the Heller School. Additional expenses (i.e. travel) may also be covered on a case by case basis. Students must complete 300 hours of internship service over the summer.

A common question we are asked is, "What is the difference between a foundation and a non-profit?" In general, a foundation is a funder which means it funds non-profits and does not usually provide services itself. A philanthropic advisory group advises donors on where to give.

If you are interested in this opportunity and have further questions, please contact Sheryl Seller at

Knowledge Advancing Social Justice

Copyright 2017 • Brandeis University • All rights are reserved