Peace First’s Fellows in Residence Fellowship Program for Social Change Leaders
The Fellows in Residence Program is a paid, year-long Fellowship for emerging social change leaders who aspire to build a movement of youth working for change. We search the world for young people who have led movements, campaigns, nonprofits, and social enterprises, made significant positive change in their community and are also looking for their next leadership opportunity as they work towards a lifelong career as a leader in the social sector. Through a competitive application process, we select an exceptional cohort of young people (under age 26) who join the Peace First team for one year to lead our programs in their home region.
During their year of service, Fellows in Residence receive competitive pay, professional development funding, mentorship and training and travel opportunities. They join a global Community of Practice, by also collaborating with other Fellows in Residence from around the world who become a critical source of support, guidance, feedback and friendship on their journey. Over the course of the year, Fellows in Residence grow their networks within and also beyond their region and build skills across many different domains critical to social change leadership.
Fellows in Residence lead Peace First’s programs in their region, working to mobilize and support hundreds of young leaders in their community as knowledgeable yet approachable near-peers.
Job duties of the Fellows in Residence
The duties of the Fellows in Residence include the following:
- Designing and implementing recruitment strategy in their region
- Mobilizing and managing volunteer Ambassadors to meet regional goals
- Providing feedback and support to a large portfolio of youth project leaders
- Reviewing and approving all mini-grant applications within their region
- Developing and also managing partnerships with organizations in their region
- Serving as a coach for Accelerator grantees
- Hosting Labs, Community Calls and other trainings for young people
- Speaking on behalf of Peace First
- Supporting the design of new and also improved Peace First programming
- Contributing to organizational fundraising and storytelling efforts
The Fellows in Residence program is designed to be a launchpad for the next generation of social change leaders. Our alumni have received Fulbright, Chevening and Mastercard scholarships for further study, advanced into management positions in the social sector and startups and returned to their organizations with the skills, networks and knowledge needed to take their ideas to scale. Many Fellows in Residence choose to serve a second year in the program.
- Under 26 years old on June 1, 2021.
- Based in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Fluent in English.
- Have reliable access to a fast, stable internet connection (assuming the cost of internet access is covered).
- Able to commit to at least one year as a Fellow in Residence, beginning August 2021.
- Hold a valid passport and are able to travel.
Terms of the Fellows in Residence fellowship
Fellows in Residence will be selected for one year, which is also renewable.
Each Peace First Fellow in Residence will receive a fellowship stipend that varies based on location. The stipend takes into consideration the cost of living, comparable fellowship stipends, local compensation for full time employees, local taxes and also local purchasing power. To ensure pay equity among our fellows, we run an annual stipend audit and use the learnings from the audit to inform our fellowship stipend band for the following year.
In addition to intensive training and network building, Peace First will offer Fellows dedicated professional development support, including mentorship and a $1,000 USD fund for professional development expenses.
Peace First will also provide an additional $80USD/month stipend for tech and internet expenses. Fellows may elect to use their own laptop or a Peace First-provided one. Peace First will also cover all of the Fellows’ travel expenses.
Fellows in Residence will also report to the Senior Program Manager.
Visit the Official Page of the Peace First’s Fellow in Residence Fellowship Program here for more details.