Applications Open for Build Peace Fellows Programme 2017-2018!

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Applications are open for Build Peace Fellows Programme 2017-2018 for exceptional individuals who want to work at the intersection of peacebuilding, arts, research and technology. The program builds local innovative potential for individuals and organisations embedded in peacebuilding processes.

Fellowship Components

  • Training
    • Fellows come together for a joint, week-long training course on participatory methodologies, user-centered design and conflict sensitivity, delivered by Build Up and relevant experts. This course does not teach specific technical skills (coding, research design, etc). Rather, the course provides fellows with the tools they need to design and manage innovative projects. The program will help fellows become product managers – the people who link developers / experts with business objectives, in their case with peacebuilding objectives.
  • Mentorship
    • Each Fellow is assigned a Build Up staff who acts as their lead mentor. Through monthly calls, regular email communication and one visit to their project location, the lead mentor provides project management support, technical advice and hands-on problem solving. Lead mentors work with Fellows to identify three or four mentors who have skills or experience relevant to the Fellow’s intervention. Mentors offer 3 or 4 one-hour calls over the course of the Fellowship to explore questions and share advice.
  • Technical support
    • For Fellows working on a technology tool, Build Up works with Fellows to identify a suitable technology partner who can deliver a working “alpha” product that Fellows can test and pilot during the Fellowship. For Fellows working in the arts, Build Up works with Fellows to find relevant artists who can partner on a pilot arts intervention during the Fellowship. For Fellows working on research, Build Up staff provides technical training and hands-on advice to design and pilot a research process.
  • Grant funding
    • Fellows receive a grant to cover some of the technical and implementation costs of their intervention. The exact grant amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific needs of an intervention, but in any case will not exceed 16,000 EUR. Fellows are expected to engage with all aspects of the Fellowship program; applications seeking only grant funding is not a strong match to the program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Fellowships can be awarded to individuals from any country and any background.
  • The application will ask that Fellows demonstrate they have a team behind them that will enable them to implement their project.
  • Fellows can present a formal organization as their team, but this is not a requirement.
  • Fellows who present an unaffiliated group as their team are also considered.
  • The target audience for this Fellowship is peacebuilders who wish to begin using technology, arts and / or participatory research.
  • The training and support provided during the Fellowship is aimed at individuals with peacebuilding experience but with limited experience in technology, arts or research.
  • Applications from technologists, artists or researchers who wish to begin working in the peacebuilding field will be considered, but may not be the best fit for this program.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Build Peace Fellows 2017-2018.

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