George Gund Foundation Accepting Applications for 2021-23 George Gund Fellowship

The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its 2021-23 Fellowship.

The fellowship provides an opportunity for a promising professional to work inside the foundation, a philanthropic organization that plays a vital role in supporting the civic life of the greater Cleveland area and in various state and national policy deliberations affecting the region.  The fellowship is a two-year, full-time commitment beginning in summer 2021 and requiring residence in Northeast Ohio during the term of engagement. Foundation staff is working remotely during the pandemic but it is hoped and expected that the office will have reopened by the beginning of the fellowship.  The fellowship experience will be tailored to the foundation’s needs and, to some extent, to the fellow’s interests and will include a wide range of substantive assignments, including analyzing grant proposals, organizing and conducting site visits, and research related to the foundation’s grantmaking interests.   

The fellow will receive a stipend of $47,500 per year, plus a full benefits package that includes health, dental, disability and life insurance, 403(b) contributions, and work-related travel expenses. Housing, transportation, and other living arrangements are the responsibility of the fellow. Established in 1952, the George Gund Foundation is the largest private foundation in Ohio and makes annual grants totaling approximately $25 million.  Program officers professionally handle grantmaking in the areas of public education, an inclusive economy, families and social justice, arts and culture, climate and environmental justice, and democracy building.

The foundation views the fellowship as a valuable early-career opportunity and the selection process is expected to be highly competitive. The successful candidate for the fellowship will have demonstrated a desire to work in public service or the nonprofit sector. Excellent critical thinking and writing skills as well as sufficient computer competency to carry out assigned work are essential.  While a graduate degree and/or several years work experience are typical of Gund Fellows, the foundation also welcomes applications from untraditional candidates who possess the skills outlined above but whose life experiences have taken them down different paths. 

To be considered for the fellowship, candidates must submit a cover letter, a short essay discussing why the fellowship opportunity is appealing, a detailed resume, and two letters of recommendation.  (Applicants also are asked to indicate how they learned of the position.) Materials should be combined into one PDF document for submission and are due no later than 5:99 p.m. EST on January 8, 2021. The fellow will be selected in the spring of 2021. Application materials should be emailed to  Letters of recommendation may be submitted as part of the application or sent separately via email or regular mail.