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2018 Conference Fellow

Are you a graduate student in the tri-state area studying philanthropy and interested in an opportunity to be part of an international conference on funding in Africa? 

Are you a program assistant at the grantmaking organization interested in professional development opportunities to learn more about funding in Africa?

Apply to be a Conference Fellow for the AGAG 2018 Conference!

Application Deadline: April 1. Only on-line applications will be accepted.

Complete online CF Application Form  ( Download the CF Application Questions)

AGAG is committed to providing professional development opportunities to encourage interest in philanthropy and in Africa. Each year AGAG invites applications for Conference Fellows who attend the Annual Conference as part of the conference team.

The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) convenes funders, curates information and connects people and ideas because we believe that an informed, knowledgeable and connected network of funders can help to leverage robust, effective and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities. 

The 2018 Annual Conference, Funding in Africa: Disrupting Silos, Connecting Conversations, Creating Impact” will take place April 17-18, 2018 at the Newman Conference Center of Baruch College in New York City.

Conference Fellow (CF) Responsibilities

CF provide administrative and logistical support for the conference and receive the opportunity to meet professionals working in philanthropy and to deepen their understanding of issues and trends. This is a professional development opportunity for young professionals working in philanthropy or graduate students studying philanthropy who want to learn more about funding in Africa.

It is NOT a fundraising opportunity. AGAG has a no-solicitation policy for all our activities and CF must refrain from fundraising or soliciting funding during and after the conference. Appropriate business attire is required.

 CF interact as part of the conference team and assist with a range of duties to ensure the smooth running of the Conference including but not limited to: greeting and assisting participants, taking notes, monitoring sessions, room setup/breakdown, handling registration, and distributing materials.

Who can apply?

  • Graduate students currently enrolled in an academic degree program in philanthropy.
  • Junior grantmaking program staff of foundations or grantmaking organizations such as program assistants or associates who would not normally have the opportunity to attend the AGAG conference. Please note that fundraising and donor relations staff are NOT eligible.

Applicants from AGAG members in good standing will be given priority consideration. Members who have already registered for the 2018 Conference are not eligible to apply. Previous CFs are not eligible to apply. 

This is a non-paying position. Fellows are responsible for their transportation and lodging costs. The registration fee will be waived. Meals provided include light breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and welcome and closing receptions on April 17 and 18. 

Time Commitment

  • CF must participate in thirty-minute video orientation call on April 10 at 1:00 pm EST.
  • CF must be available both days and report on time at the Conference Center on Tuesday, April 17 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Wednesday, April 18 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Attendance at the closing reception is optional.

Please review the Conference Agenda, Session Descriptions,  and Speakers


  • Strong written and oral communications including command of English language
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a pleasant attitude, and can do attitude
  • Willing and able to handle the range of tasks assigned
  • Ability to be on time, take instructions and complete tasks

 How to Apply

 Complete the online CF Application by midnight April 1.  Finalists will be contacted by Friday, April  6. Orientation call is April 10 at 1:00 pm EST

* The application form will ask for the following information.