Apply for a 2021 Peace Fellowship!


The Advocacy Project exists in part to provide opportunities for international service to university students. This is not easy in the era of COVID-19, but 2020 has shown that much can be achieved remotely. Indeed, remote service can open up exciting new opportunities for innovative long-distance support.

It is in this spirit that we invite applications for our 2021 fellowship program.

In 2021 we will recruit up to 15 Fellows to support our community-based partners in Nepal; Vietnam; Zimbabwe; Kenya; Uganda; and Mali. We assume for now that all 2021 fellowships will be remote. If travel restrictions are lifted we may also deploy Fellows in the field in the summer of 2021 and resume hosting Fellows at our office in Washington.

Fellowships last for ten weeks and are usually offered for three periods on the year (January 15 to April 15; May 15 to August 15; and September 15 to December 15.) These dates are not hard and fast and can be adjusted. We can take up to five Fellows at any one time and accept applications year round on a rolling basis. Please allow a month for applications to be processed.

We have now filled all of our summer 2021 spots and unfortunately will no longer be taking applications for that period. We encourage all interested applicants to submit applications for the fall session. We look forward to reading your applications.

To apply, send a cover letter, a reference and a resume to Call Iain Guest (+1 202 422 2479) for further information. Tell us which startups you would like to work on and we will try to accommodate your interests.



AP Fellowships are open to university students. We welcome applications from undergraduates and graduates alike. There are no restrictions based on nationality, age, gender, race, religion etc. All applications will be judged solely on their merits.

Responsibilities and requirements

Support startups for social change. AP will invest in up to 15 startups in 2021, as described on this page. Each startup will be supported by an AP team under the coordination of a Peace Fellow who will: a) Raise funds (including an appeal on GlobalGiving in June 2021); b) Provide advice at a Zoom meeting between AP and the partner organization; c) Develop a phase 1 budget (January to June) or phase 2 (July to December) budget and workplan; d) Draft and sign an MOU between the partner and AP (January); e) Provide technical support for the partner (see below).

Research (optional): Fellows are encouraged to explore a research topic and/or school project with their school and partner organization. Research papers will be posted on the AP and partner sites.

Technical support: We ask Fellows to use their tech skills to support AP and partner organizations in the following areas: a) WordPress website development and maintenance; b) Social media (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn); c) Managing content on Dropbox and Google Drive; d) Photo management (Pikmonkey and Flickr); e) Story-telling through embroidery and advocacy quilting; f) Design (Canva, Photoshop etc) for brochures, flyers, catalogues, and reports; g) Podcasting; h) Video (taking footage; editing; posting); and i) identifying new partners and startups.

Basic tech skills and an ability to work and communicate remotely.

Attend a (remote) weekly AP team meeting.

Post three blogs on the AP website describing the fellowship experience.

Commission at least one blog from the partner organization.

Complete an end-of-fellowship evaluation for use by AP and school.

Compensation and insurance

We are discussing an appropriate level of compensation with university partners but will offer a minimum monthly stipend of $200 for remote fellowships and a lump sum $1,000 to Fellows who are deployed in the field. We will help Fellows seek additional funding and cover accident and medical insurance if this is not provided by schools.

2021 fellowship letter of engagement

This letter provides additional information. We suggest that applicants review it before contacting us.

Apply now!