The Fully Funded Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship will provide support and opportunities to a cohort of individuals from around the world. Each year a chosen theme will focus on a global issue, on which Resilience Fellows will collaborate on finding new perspectives and responses, drawn from their diverse – yet shared – experiences.
For 2020, the theme of the Resilience Fellowship is: “Disappearances Related to Organized Crime”. Within this framework, Fellows will combine their various perspectives in the development of collaborative outputs. Further, they will represent the Fund as “Resilience Fund Ambassadors,” raising awareness of the theme, issues; and the importance of civil society in countering organized crime.
Disappearances have been used to politically or criminally repress opponents and those who speak and act against human rights abuses. This global issue is prevalent around the world, making it a relevant and extremely important theme to many potential Fellows.
Working areas of potential candidates can include:
- Killings by organized crime groups, for example in Mexico and Central America, and the state’s role in extrajudicial killings in the drug war in the Philippines.
- Missing migrants traveling from Africa to Europe, such as in Libya, the Horn of Africa or the Sahel.
- Human trafficking and harvesting of human organs.
- Arbitrary and unaccountable detentions.
Fully Funded Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship
The recipients of the Fully Funded Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship will receive several opportunities including a lump scholarship for one year as well as networking opportunities.
- Sponsorship: Providing financial support so that Resilience Fellows will have the time and resources for their individual work and a collaborative project during the fellowship year. Each Fellow will receive Grants of USD $15 000 for one year.
- Networking: Offering mentorship opportunities with experts from GI-TOC, as well as bringing Resilience Fellows together via a residency retreat to begin the collaborative project to be undertaken during their fellowship year.
- Dissemination: Creating a platform for Resilience Fellows to publicly share their work and ideas — via such venues as festivals, conferences, civil society forums, and national and international publications — which will widen public discourse, deepen engagement with society, and invite the support and participation from the general public and, ultimately, policymakers.
Eligibility for the Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship
In order to be eligible for the fully funded Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship, participants should be:
- From countries disproportionately affected by organized crime, and/or from developing countries.
- Ideally, work closely within communities severely affected by disappearances related to organized crime, or have strong ties within them, as well as have ongoing or established projects or engagement.
- Able to demonstrate how funding and support will be used.
- Participants who have direct experience in their communities’ issues, related to the annual theme, are particularly welcome to apply.
- Fluent in at least one of the three languages: Spanish, English, and French.
- The prior work of participants should demonstrate a commitment to the ethics and values of the Resilience Fund.
How to apply for the Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship?
In order to apply for the Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship, candidates must send their application via email. The application constitutes:
- A short biography – 2 pages – (name, nationality, date of birth, etc.):
- A letter of motivation – 2 pages – outlining:
- How organized crime has affected your community – with emphasis on this year’s Fellowship theme of disappearances?
- What does resilience mean to you and what have you done to encourage it in your community or the community you have been working with?
- What tools do you need to continue doing that work?
- Why do you need support from the Fellowship?
- What would you like to achieve and gain from the Fellowship? (identify clear and specific actions)
- Further, if you are executing other grants or fellowships please specify and explain the coordination mechanisms you will use to comply with all.
- An outline – 1 page – or portfolio of the work you have done so far, including samples of your work (e.g.: news clippings, videos, documents, etc.)
Application for the fully funded Global Initiative Resilience Fellowship is open until 15 November 2019. Late applications are invalid for the fellowship.