Peace Fellows Inspire Action for Social Justice

Each year, The Advocacy Project recruits graduate students to volunteer with our partner organizations. This is the only fellowship program that matches the passion and skills of graduates with the needs of community-based advocates. We have deployed 294 Fellows from 66 university programs since recruiting began in 2003. This year (2018) we are deploying nine Fellows to Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Jordan.

What Fellows Do

Ai Hoang (Columbia University) fled Vietnam as a child and returned in 2016 as an AP Peace Fellow to work with Agent Orange victims at the Association for the Empowerment of Persons with Disability. Ai raised $1,500 for the family of Le Thanh Duc, seen here with two of his daughters, No and Lanh, who have been paralyzed for life by Agent Orange.

Peace Fellows enable AP to offer technical support to partners. We train Fellows to offer six core services which help their hosts to tell their story, launch start-ups, strengthen their organizations, and expand their international contacts. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend and health insurance. In return, we ask them to measure outputs carefully.

Meet Past Fellows Through Their Blogs

How Fellows Live

2011 Peace Fellow Charlotte Bourdillon (Tufts University) helped to run a pioneering boarding school in western Kenya which offers underprivileged girls an education if their families agree to forego genital mutilation. The school’s founder, Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, was named a top CNN hero in 2013. Charlotte went on to work in health in Rwanda.

AP fellowships offer a once in a lifetime experience and we want to hear about it as it happens! We ask all Fellows to produce 10 weekly blogs and 100 photos, and also offer training in video and podcasting. Click below to see how past Fellows used these new skills to describe the experience!

A Day in the Life of a Peace Fellow, on Video

How Fellows Are Affected

Ash Kosiewicz (Georgetown University) developed a passion for blogging while serving as a Peace Fellow in Peru in 2008 and now podcasts about hunger for the UN World Food Program (photo). Ash is one of several experts who will train the 2018 cohort of Peace Fellows. Photo: WFP/Guido Dingemans

We expect our fellowships to build character; generate material for school; and prepare Fellows for a career in peace and human rights. And it doesn’t end there. We continue to follow the professional achievements of past Fellows with pride and have helped several to find challenging jobs

See how our Fellowships have changed lives!

Ambassadors for Multiculturalism

Mealanny Purwaningrum from Indonesia, served in Nepal in 2011 with Corey Black from Canada and Chantal Uwizera from Rwanda.

Peace fellows have come from 45 different countries including Syria, Belarus, Mongolia and Saudi Arabia. Mealanny, our first Fellow from Indonesia (photo), works for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northeast Nigeria. She wrote to AP: “AP has been very instrumental in shaping my career path and I will never thank you enough for that!”

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