The Advocacy Project is inviting applications from students to serve as Peace Fellows in 2023. 332 Fellows from over 60 university programs have volunteered with our partners since 2003, including during the pandemic.
We expect to recruit between eight and twelve Fellows this year. Several will be deployed in person over the summer to partners in Asia and Africa. We are also seeking creative proposals from students to work from the US in support of projects listed on this page. Please consult the projects and the linked documents carefully before making a selection.
Fellowships will be open to students at all levels, from high school to graduate school, and will last for ten weeks with an option to extend. Please allow a month for applications to be processed.
We welcome applications from High School students, undergraduates and graduates who will return to school in the Fall after their fellowship ends. There are no restrictions based on nationality, age, gender, race, religion etc. All applications will be judged solely on their merits.
Fellows deployed to the field will receive a lump sum of $1,000. Remote Fellowships carry a monthly stipend of $150. Fellows will be responsible for insurance coverage, which is often provided through school.
Peace Fellows play a vital role in helping us to support community-based partners in the Global South. So far this year, partners have requested in-person Fellows in India, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya (two Fellows), and Zimbabwe. We are also inviting applications from students interested in providing remote back-up to projects from home or from the AP office in Washington. This applies to all 14 projects.
Once an application is accepted, we will work with the Fellow and host organization to draft a contract that sets out specific goals, in line with the existing MOU between AP and the host organization.
Personal: In selecting Fellows for the field we look first for experience of the issue and country, and for language skills (if relevant). We also value the following personal qualities in this order: adaptability and an ability to work in a difficult environment; creativity; innovation; an ability to make friends; enthusiasm; a commitment to the team; and a willingness to communicate regularly. A big part of the Fellow’s job is to listen, advise and sympathize. We make every effort to accommodate any special talents or interests.
Technical: In addition to helping the host organization reach the goals set out in our MOU, Fellows will: help their host use Excel and manage receipts; fill in a weekly output tracker on our Drive; take, edit and post 100 high quality photos; shoot video footage; organize a fundraiser on GlobalGiving; help the host to report to donors; describe the fellowship experience through weekly blogs; and post to social media (personal, AP and host). We make every effort to accomodate special needs and talents, so let us know your interests and skills.
The application process
To apply, please read the description of our 2023 projects carefully and send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating: a) which project you would like to work on and why; b) when you would like to serve; and c) whether you want to work in the field or remotely from the US.
All applicants will be invited to a preliminary Zoom interview. This is a competitive process and we will ask you for concrete suggestions about how you would support your host organization. All 2023 Fellows will have a hand in designing their fellowships and creativity will be rewarded.
On receipt of an offer, you will be added to our 2023 team and asked to sign a contract and waiver. We will also ask for a $95 deposit in advance from Fellows to be deployed abroad, to ensure against last-minute drop-outs. The deposit will be refunded before departure.
Deadline: There is no application deadline. Offers will be made for summer fellowships up to April 15.
Fundraising: We will pay half the stipend up-front, once a contract is signed, and the remainder on completion of the fellowship. We will also work with Fellows to secure other funding through schools and a private foundation.
Evaluation: We ask Fellows to submit a comment on our website when their fellowship ends. (Click here to see feedback from past Fellows and interns). We will also help with school requirements.
Stay in touch! We remain in contact with many past Fellows and are happy to help with letters of reference.
For more information email Iain Guest: email@example.com or call +1 202 422 2479.