The 2015 Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y is accepting applications only from community leaders who are living and working in: Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Ghana, India, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Poland and Russian Federation.

A successful applicant must demonstrate that he or she:

  • is a community leader engaged in the nonprofit sector, either professionally or as a volunteer;
  • is successfully addressing issues that affect the community’s well-being; and
  • would benefit from an intensive three-week nonprofit management training course in New York.


Previous Ford Fellows include:

  • a Ugandan director of an orphanage for children affected by war and HIV/AIDS
  • the president of a Jewish aid society facilitating Bosnia-Herzegovina’s transition to democracy;
  • a sustainable development expert from Zimbabwe;
  • the founder of an Indian organization that educates women and children working in the silk industry; and
  • an Indonesian advocate for ethnic minorities.

The residency takes place Wed, May 27 to Thu, Jun 18, 2015 in New York City. Airfare, accommodations, food, transportation, instruction and other program-related expenses are included in the fellowship, and participants receive a small stipend upon arrival.

During the intensive three-week residency, Ford Fellows take classes in areas including nonprofit management strategy and leadership training at Columbia University’s Picker Center for Executive Education. The academic curriculum is complemented by visits to model nonprofits in New York City and meetings with academic, business and government leaders. The experience is enhanced by Fellows’ residency at 92nd Street Y, the world’s first global Jewish community and cultural center. Founded in 1874 and considered a New York landmark, 92nd Street Y annually serves over 300,000 people of all backgrounds, religions, nationalities, ethnicities, races and socio-economic groups.

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Rotimi Olawale, co-founder of is a youth development expert. For more than six years he has been involved in leading youth advocacy efforts mainly around the Millennium Development Goals. In 2006, he represented Nigeria as a youth ambassador at the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York. Rotimi has held several global leadership positions including; member, UNFPA Global Youth Advisory Panel for 2 years; member, African Youth Panel. Rotimi is currently involved in shaping local, national and global policies to benefit youth and also leverage opportunities for young people. He was listed by the Nigerian government as one of 15 Nigerian youth on the world stage in 2008.