Elevate Children Funders Group Youth for Impactful Philanthropy (YIP) Fellowship 2024 for young Changemakers.

May 16, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: 26th April 2024

Applications are now open for the 2024 Elevate Children Funders Group Youth for Impactful Philanthropy (YIP) Fellowship. Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) is seeking 3-5 youth leaders, aged 18-25, to join the pilot learning year of the Youth for Impactful Philanthropy (YIP) Fellowship, a unique fellowship program designed for young changemakers passionate about shaping the future of philanthropy.

Your Commitment

a) Individuals selected for the fellowship will be asked to dedicate ~2 hours/week through April 2025. The time may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Weekly pre-AGM calls on May 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 10am EDT/2pm GMT/5pm EAT/7:30PM IST to get to know one another and ECFG, and co-design a plan for participation at the AGM.
  • Active participation in regular meetings with the other fellows and the fellowship support team.
  • Independent work on identified projects and activities. Fellows will be guided to identify project ideas that align with ECFG’s work, and supported in developing them into feasible formats for implementation. 
  • Attendance at ECFG member meetings. Fellows will be expected to engage with ECFG members during their meetings to support the design, implementation and evaluation of programs


  • Age: 18-25 years old.
  • Participation in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) requires possession of an active, valid passport.
  • Proficiency in conversational English is necessary to maximize engagement during in-person interactions with members.
  • Due to current limitations (which we seek to change in the future), fellows will only receive compensation via wire transfer to a traditional bank account; therefore, access to such an account is required. Compensation via Western Union transfers is not available.
  • Individuals who possess a foundational understanding of philanthropic practices and demonstrate an interest in effecting change in this field are preferred. This understanding may have been acquired through involvement in youth-led organizations or movements, participation in youth advisory councils, activism, engagement in participatory grantmaking initiatives, or other experiences.
  • Fellows should be occasionally available within the hours of 2-6pm GMT Tues-Thursday to participate in ECFG member meetings and maximize engagement opportunities.
  • Although location is not a strict requirement, preference will be given to fellows residing in ECFG-member funding regions, which include Southern Africa, the Asia Pacific region, the Americas (particularly Latin America), Europe (particularly Eastern Europe), and the UK.
  • Preference will be given to fellows with a particular interest or expertise in areas aligned with the focus of ECFG members. Some ECFG and member focus areas include mental health, parent/caregiver support and family strengthening, holistic education, participation in philanthropy, decolonization of philanthropic practices, and gender-expansive programming. While currently less active within the network, efforts are underway to increase member engagement in areas such as climate justice, LGBTQI+ rights, and disability rights.
  • ECFG aims to engage a diverse cohort of young people that reflect the communities served by its members globally. Therefore, applications from individuals from the Global South, as well as Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized races, persons with disability, and those who identify as gender-diverse and/or LGBTQI, are strongly encouraged to apply


  • Each YIP fellow will receive a total annual stipend of $2000 in recognition of their time, efforts, and data expenses. Additionally, ECFG will cover travel and accommodations, and provide a daily per diem for the ECFG AGM in Nairobi.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete this Application Form. As part of the form, you will be asked to:

  • Confirm that you meet the fellowship requirements
  • Provide brief written answers to five questions
  • Upload a brief (1-2 minute) introductory video (you will not be judged on video quality)
  • Provide contact information for a reference related to the experiences shared in the application
  • Optional: You will have the opportunity to attach any other materials that you’d like to include to help us get to know you (artwork, blog or article, CV, video, website, social media page, etc)

All questions about the application can be sent to Zoe Trout ([email protected]).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Elevate Children Funders Group Youth for Impactful Philanthropy (YIP) Fellowship