Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship for Africa and Developing Countries

New Voices Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Leadership, Media skills
Course Level: Training, Fellowship
Provider: Aspen Institute
Country to Study in: USA, Africa, India, Central America

Scholarship Description
The Aspen Institute's New Voices Fellowship is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals from the developing world. The program is designed to amplify expert voices from Africa and other parts of the developing world in the global development discussion.

While the fellowship is non-resident and not full-time, it does require a significant and sustained time commitment as fellows write opinion articles, participate in interviews with local and international media, and speak at international conferences. All expenses related to the fellowship are paid, including certain media-related travel costs.

The Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship hereby calls for nominations for the 2018 Fellowship class. Please note, this is not a fellowship for journalists or others trained and working in communications. Anyone development expert in his field can apply.

Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship for Africa and Developing Countries

Candidates for the fellowships awarded each year must be experts in fields relating to global development, ranging from global health and food security to governance, education and social entrepreneurship. Fellows can be drawn from a variety of development disciplines, ranging from public health and education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, sanitation and community activism.

Fellows must be from a developing country, and ideally work and live in their country of origin or another developing country.

Ideal candidates are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY African or developing country

Participating Institutions
The Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C., USA

Fields of study
All fields related to global development - global health and food security, governance, education and social entrepreneurship, medicine, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, public health, civil unrest, climate change and poverty.

Number of awards
Twelve (12) to fourteen (14) Fellowships are usually awarded each year

Sponsorship duration
This is a one year long program.

The fellowship is non-resident and not full-time. However, the Institute holds two major meetings during the fellowship year, where you’ll be expected to travel and take part in intensive media training. These are usually each about 5 days long. In addition, most fellows estimate spending about 5 hours per week working on fellowship-related activities, including meeting with their mentors, taking part in interviews, and writing opinion pieces.

Scholarship benefits
The Institute pays all expenses for the fellowship, and often provide funds for Fellows to participate in media-related activities and conferences.

The program will help Fellows to sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of media platforms – illuminating crucial grassroots perspectives for a broad worldwide audience.

Over the course of a year, the Fellowship works to prepare and support Fellows to become recognized thought leaders, helping amplify their insights and ideas rooted in experience on the ground. They will be given training and support to speak at major events; write conversation-starting op-eds and thought pieces for major outlets; and create social media platforms.

The Fellowship is non-resident, but includes travel to training workshops as well as opportunities for travel to select international conferences.

Method of Application
Applications to the Fellowship is by nomination only, and formal nomination processes for 2017 has begun. You may find a mentor, supervisor or professor to nominate you, if possible. We ask that this person know you and your work well. We will review your nomination. If you pass through the first round, we’ll be in touch with you directly, asking you to submit an application. This application involves two essays and a series of questions. Once the New Voices team has reviewed applications, we will ask a small group of finalists to participate in an interview via Skype or phone. From this group, we will choose the final class of Fellows.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on applying to this fellowship.

In the past, nominations usually opened early September and close mid November. The nomination period for the 2018 fellowships is currently ongoing.

Launched in 2013 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the New Voices Fellowship is part of Aspen Global Health and Development. The Aspen Institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado (its original home) and near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at the Wye River in Maryland. It has partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, Prague and Bucharest, as well as leadership initiatives in the United States and in Africa, India, and Central America.

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africa and developing countries)

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