The Advocacy Project (AP) is recruiting graduate students to volunteer with AP’s community-based partners this summer (2014). This is the fellowship for those who relish a challenge and want to work on the front lines for human rights! AP has sent 253 Peace Fellows to work for human rights since 2003.
Deadline for applications: March 3, 2014.
To Apply: Applying for a fellowship is easy! View the 2014 Fellowships and select the fellowship(s) of your choice. Fill out an online application form and email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list the fellowship # and position in the Subject line of your email. You may apply for more than one position, but please indicate your order of preference. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information: http://www.advocacynet.org/page/becomeafellow. Read the **FAQs**; consult the **blogs of past fellows** and read their **feedback**; visit the **partner pages** of the organization that interests you. Call our office for more information (+1 202.758.3328) or email email@example.com.
The Work: All Fellows will offer their hosts one or more of the Five by Ten services. Fellows will also help their hosts to outline a long-term program. Finally, fellows will be expected to produce the following deliverables: a) weekly blogs; b) photos on Flickr; c) material for AP bulletins; d) material for a partner page; and e) a final evaluation on the fellowship.
Duration: Most of the 2014 Fellowships will last 10 -12 weeks and start in June. A few will run for an initial 6 months (June to December) but may be extended. Fellows will be able to determine their exact date of departure, so as to best meet their school schedule. All Fellows will be required to attend a week of training in Washington DC at the end of May.
Stipend: All long-term fellows (6 months) will receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 and the cost of travel. Short term fellows (3 months) will receive a stipend of $1,500. They will also be expected to cover the remaining costs.
Qualifications: There are no geographic or nationality restrictions. In general, the program is geared toward graduate students who are studying for a Masters degree, although exceptions may be made. Essential qualifications are: a) experience of working abroad; b) IT skills and interests; c) a commitment to human rights and advocacy; and d) an ability to adapt in a challenging environment. A foreign language may be required for some posts.
OPENINGS (February 1, 2014)
Long-term fellowships (6 months)
Fellowship #1. Reducing the risk of sexual violence in Mali: Help Sini Sanuman (“Healthy Tomorrow”) to open a healing center for survivors of war rape in Bamako, Mali. The Fellow will also help Sini Sanuman to develop a presence in the North from which to launch risk-reduction activities. New AP partner. French required. Based in Bamako, Mali
Fellowship #2. Build accessible toilets in Uganda: Help the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) to build two accessible toilets for persons with disabilities; and lobby the Gulu district government to end discrimination against the disabled in providing sanitation services. Read John’s blog for more information. Based in Gulu, northern Uganda
Fellowship #3. Support survivors of Agent Orange inVietnam: Work with the Association for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (AEPD) to provide medical and other support to survivors of Agent Orange and their families in Quang Binh province. Read Kelly’s blog for more information. Vietnamese a plus. Based in Dong Hoi, central Vietnam
Short-term summer fellowships (10-12 weeks)
Fellowship #4. End abusive child labor in Nepal: Help Backward Society Education (BASE), to: a) Identify working children and their employers; b) Help BASE to rescue children, and c) Develop a legal case against one or more of the employers. The Fellow will work with SWAN and CONCERN Fellows. Read the 2013 blogs of Sujita and Emily for more information. Based in Tulsipur, central Nepal
Fellowship #5. End abusive child labor in Nepal: Help Society Welfare Action Nepal (SWAN) to: a) Identify working children and their employers; b) Support SWAN’s efforts to rescue the children, c) Develop a legal case against one or more of the employers. The Fellow will work with BASE and CONCERN fellows. Read the blogs of Sujita and Emily. SWAN is a new AP partner. Based in Tulsipur, central Nepal
Fellowship #6. Ending abusive child labor in Nepal: Help CONCERN to: a) Identify working children and their employers; b) Support CONCERN’s efforts to rescue the children, c) Develop a legal case against one or more of the employers. The Fellow will work with SWAN and BASE Fellows. Read the blogs of Sujita and Emily. CONCERN is a new AP partner. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal
Fellowship #7. Curbing uterine prolapse in Nepal: Work with Care Women Nepal to: a) Research the mortality rate of women with prolapse in Dhankuta District; b) Profile beneficiaries who attend health camps, c) Build a website, and d) Support AP’s advocacy and fundraising in Washington. Read Heather’s blog for more information on uterine prolapse. New AP partner. Based in Kathmandu and Dhankuta, Nepal
Fellowship #8. Supporting tribal women and LBTI rights in India: Work with VIKALP Women’s Group to: a) Establish a shelter for tribal women; for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people; and for victims of domestic abuse; b) Support VIKALP’s efforts to offer legal redress through women’s courts, and c) Provide economic opportunities for tribal women through microloans. Read the blogs of Jasveen and Andra for more information.Based in Gujarat, western India.
Fellowship #9. Educate the children of river gypsies in Bangladesh: Help the Subornogram Foundation to: a) Fund a feeding program at seven schools; b) Maintain and update the Subornogram website, c) Profile the teachers; d) Describe the work of Subornogram in videos, blogs and partner page. Read the blogs of Chris and Matthew for more information. Based in Narayanganj, Bangladesh
Fellowship #10. Empowering the blind in Bangladesh through microcredit: Help the Blind Education and Rehabilitation Organization (BERDO) to: a) Produce a research paper on BERDO’s microcredit program in Barisal; b) Profile the quilters of The Women’s Microcredit Quilt; c) Partner with a BERDO microcredit group to raise money for microloans through embroidery and greeting cards; d) Research upgrading BERDO’s school for the blind. Read Amanda’s blog for more information. Based in Dhaka and Barisal, Bangladesh
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
Fellowship #11. Workers rights in Palestine: Help the Democracy and Workers Right Center (DWRC) to: a) Upgrade the website; b) Design a campaign; c) Produce a promotional video; d) Revise DWRC’s partner page on the AP website, including possibly an Arabic-language version. Arabic required. Read Nur’s blog for more information. Based in Ramallah, Palestine
Fellowship #12. Palestinian-Israeli cooperation: Help the Alternative Information Center (AIC) to research cooperation between peace activists on both sides of the Wall, and produce content for the AIC website and news service. Please submit a writing sample. Read Nikki’s blog for more information. Based at the AIC offices in Jerusalem or Beit Sahour, Bethlehem.
Fellowship #13. Support women’s weaving in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Work with the Ain Leuh Weaver’s Cooperative to: a) Promote Ain Leuh’s carpets, including at a traditional craft fairs; b) Maintain the Ain Leuh website and online catalogue, c) Grow sales. Read the blogs of Benan and Mohammed for more information. Arabic required. Based in Amazigh, Morocco
Fellowship #14. Remembering the disappeared in Peru through quilting Work with the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) to: a) Help relatives from the Pampas region to produce squares for a quilt; b) Profile all quilt artists; and c) Develop EPAF’s promotional work (photo exhibits, videos etc). Read Catherine’s blog. Spanish required. Based in Lima, Peru