Frequently Asked Questions

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Fellowship Requirements and Deadlines

 
Will the Nathan Cummings Foundation consider Fellowship proposals that do not fall under the two core program issues and align with at least one of NCF’s four focus areas?
No. The Fellowship committee will ONLY consider proposals that relate to InequalityClimate Change or the intersection of the two issue areas and that align with at least one core focus area. Please refer to the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship guidelines page for more details.
 
Is the NCF Fellowship a 12-month or 18-month commitment?
The Fellowship term is a commitment of at least 12 months. Upon successful completion of the first year, Fellows may receive an additional six months of support. The entire Fellowship term is up to 18 months.
 
What obligations will the Fellowship recipient have to the Nathan Cummings Foundation?
The main responsibility of Fellows will be to develop the various aspects of his or her project, host a meeting at NCF on the project's topic and produce content for the NCF website. Fellows will also be considered an integral team member at NCF during the Fellowship term, provide thought leadership on various institutional priorities, and participate in board meetings, Fellowship alumni activities and other events of the Foundation.
 
Is residency in New York City mandatory for applying for the Fellowship?
No. Residency is not an eligibility requirement for the 2017-2018 Fellowship term. However, Fellows will be required to work from the NCF headquarters in New York City one week per quarter
 
What does the $100,000 provided by the NCF Fellowship cover?
The Fellowship stipend covers living expenses, travel, research and conference fees.
 
Is the full $150,000 award guaranteed? What does the additional $50,000 cover?
The NCF Fellowship awards an initial 12-month investment of $100,000 each to three individuals to assist them in turning an inspired idea into a game-changing reality.
Upon completion of the first 12 months, Fellows will submit a report that outlines the progress made toward accomplishing their project’s pre-determined markers for success. Based on that, an additional award may be disbursed to support the next phase of the Fellowship work and to leverage additional funding.
 
Is there an application deadline?
The submission deadline is 11:59 pm on December 12, 2016. Applications received after that date will be not be considered. For more information on how to apply visit the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship guidelines page.
 
How long is the review process?
Fellows will be selected within six months of the application deadline.
 
When does the NCF Fellowship term begin and end?
Fellows selected in the spring of 2017 will begin the Fellowship term in June 2017. The Program runs through December 2018.
 
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to be a Fellow?
Yes. Only U.S. citizens whose projects are focused on work within the U.S. are eligible for the Fellowship at this time.
 
 
Application Process
 
Can multiple members of a group or organization apply to the Fellowship Program for the same project?
No. The Fellowship Program is an opportunity for individuals. Multiple submissions for the same project will not be considered.
 
Do I need to answer all of the questions on the application form?
Please answer all of the required questions (indicated with an asterisk). If you are proposing an existing piece of work, please tailor documents to answer our specific questions.
 
What font and line spacing should I use for the application? Can I include charts in my narrative?
Please use Times New Roman 12-point font, 1.5- or 2-line spacing and 1” margins. Charts should not be included in the text fields.
 
What letters of recommendation should I submit? Do you want our references to email you directly?
Do not submit letters of recommendation or ask references to email us. Please fill out the application and we will contact you at the appropriate time if references are required.
 
Can I provide supplementary materials with my application, such as a dissertation, article or video?
Please do not provide supplementary materials with the application. If you become a finalist, we may solicit such materials at that time. 
 
Does NCF grant meetings in advance of applying?
No. We encourage you to review the Application Guidelines for details about the application. If you have additional questions that are not covered in these FAQs, please send all content-related questions to fellowship@nathancummings.org and all questions that require technical assistance to systems@nathancummings.org and copy fellowship@nathancummings.org.
 
We are also holding webinars on Nov. 30 at 7pm Eastern and Dec. 6th at 1pm Eastern to provide an overview of the Fellowship and answer application questions from prospective fellows. Visit our Fellowship landing page the week of each call for participant details.
 
 
Fellowship Program Details
 
Will Fellows have a designated office space at the NCF headquarters?
Yes. Each Fellow will have full access to the office space and resources, including a computer, telephone, email, fax, printer and access to the NCF board room and atrium. Fellows will also have one-on-one support from the Fellowship Program Officer.
 
Can compensation be used to hire contractors for the project?
Budget specifics will be negotiated with Fellowship finalists.
 
Do Fellows have access to NCF benefits?
The Foundation does not provide health insurance or other benefits to Fellows.
 
Will Fellows be able to work with NCF grantee organizations if it relates to their project?
Yes, as long as the project benefits our grantee partners and is not unduly burdensome. Each Fellow will work closely with the Fellowship Program Officer to determine the best way to make those connections.
 
Is there an opportunity to continue at the Nathan Cummings Foundation after the Fellowship?
The Fellowship does not lead to a paid staff position at the Nathan Cummings Foundation after the Fellowship term.
 
What kind of support can Fellows expect after the 12-month term?
Fellows will have access to the NCF network of grantees, affinity groups and staff, Fellowship alumni network and use of the NCF board room and atrium up to two times per year. Upon successful completion of the first year, Fellows may also receive an additional six months of financial support and in-house technical assistance.
 
Would I need to leave my current job for the Fellowship?
The NCF Fellowship is intended to be a full-time pursuit for the term of the fellowship. However, we encourage all interested individuals to apply for the Fellowship. If this expectation poses a significant barrier to selected finalists, we will discuss potential alternative options on an individual basis.
 
 
Contact Information
 
Who can I contact if I have questions related to the content of my Fellowship application submission?
Please feel free to send all content-related questions to fellowship@nathancummings.org. When possible, please provide the Fellowship application reference number. We value all questions and will do our best to answer as soon as possible. However, we ask that you please allow 24 hours for a reply.
 
Who can I contact if I have questions related to technical support for my Fellowship application submission?
Please send all questions that require technical assistance to systems@nathancummings.org and copy fellowship@nathancummings.org. When possible, please provide the Fellowship application reference number. We will do our best to answer as soon as possible, but please allow 24 hours for a reply.