Chicago Council Announces New $10 Million Gift for Fellowship in Honor of Outgoing Board Chairman Lester Crown

June 11, 2015
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is establishing a new Lester Crown Fellowship Program to offer promising young leaders across the nation a career‐defining experience by spending a year in residence at The Chicago Council. The fellowship will initially be funded by a $10 million gift in honor of outgoing Council Chairman Lester Crown from his family, as he transitions from Council Chairman to Chairman Emeritus.
“Lester Crown’s personal commitment to the mission and activities of The Chicago Council has spanned decades, and we hope this gift will be as transformative for the Council as Lester’s leadership to the board has been over the last decade,” said his daughter, Patricia Crown. “This fellowship will reflect Dad’s vision, shaping a new generation of leaders who care deeply about global issues and about Chicago’s place in the world.”
The Council will select Lester Crown Fellows through a rigorous and highly competitive process from a pool of outstanding individuals whose future careers in business, government or academia will benefit greatly from a year of in‐depth study on global policy issues.
“We want this unique fellowship to be a formative experience for its recipients by helping them acquire and apply global affairs skills and knowledge beyond their professional and scholarly achievements,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of The Chicago Council. “Over time we will build a cohort of Lester Crown Fellows who will become leaders in the nation and beyond. We are deeply grateful to the Crown family for this gift and the scholarship and leadership it will support in the years to come.”
The Lester Crown Fellowship annually will offer a number of exceptionally promising young leaders the opportunity to conduct research, write on an array of issues, staff task forces, run working groups and participate in the Council’s many activities during their fellowship year. Lester Crown Fellows will be emerging leaders 35 years and under and be drawn from diverse backgrounds — writers, scholars and policy analysts and practitioners from business and government.
During their one‐year residence at the Council, the fellows will undertake in‐depth global policy analysis in one of the Council’s core issue areas. They will have unique opportunities for engaging with Council speakers, thought leaders, Council experts, civic leaders, CEOs and other experts who speak on the Council’s platform about challenges facing the world today.
Specific details about the application procedures for the first round of Lester Crown Fellows will be announced at a later date.