Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Social Change, Social Entrepreneurship, Development, Peacebuilding and Related Fields

There are countless opportunities for individuals seeking to pursue academic study and/or obtain additional professional experience at all levels to obtain financial support from private foundations, nonprofits, directly from academic institutions and from various governmental and intergovernmental agencies. In addition, there are a number of fellowships that provide funding for professional development opportunities, independent research/internships/language study (for some of these applicants need to be a current student). As part of developing increased field experience and opportunities, outside funding can be a wonderful opportunity to support work. It is not always easy to obtain a fellowship, as there can be significant competition for a limited number of fellowships. This guide is divided into four parts. The first is general suggestions how to obtain funding, the second is how to develop/write a successful funding application, the third is key funding/scholarship resources and the fourth is a list of key funding institutions.


  • Direct Funding from the University – A number of competitive universities at the BA (sometimes) MA (more often) level will offer partial (and occasionally full scholarships) directly to the most competitive students and especially at the Ph.D. level.
  • From Institutions Supporting Professional Development/Opportunities in the Field – There are an increasing number of fellowship opportunities (particularly in the social entrepreneurship/social impact fields) that provide financial support for individuals with strong skills to do applied work with partners in the field. These include ProInspire, Atlas Service Corps,  Frontier Market Scouts and others listed below.
  • Outside Scholarships – See the resources on the this page for outside funding for academic (mostly graduate) study. There are many, many resources available to students depending on the location of study. For example, the Rotary World MA Peace Fellows (open to all, for study at six select universities. Applicants need to be over 25 and have at least a few years work experience in the peace/development field) or
  • Government Agencies – Often select government agencies do provide funding opportunities. For example the US government provides Fulbright Scholarships and others. The German Government has the DAAD Agency. Check with the embassies of respective countries on their websites in your country or do some general searching.
  • Friends/Family/Local Businesses – Sometimes through a combination of creative support from friends/family and local business there may be a way to piece together funding. However, investing some time in energy in researching and applying for appropriate opportunities can be invaluable. Below are some suggestions for how to write a successful funding application and information on several leading fellowships and key organizations.



  1. Carefully Read the Funding Requirements and Goals of the Fellowship – This may sound like common sense, but it is critical to carefully read over the details of any funding opportunities. What are the goals of the funder? What are the administrative details (deadline, citizenship restrictions, etc.)? Many people do not take the time to educate themselves and frame their applications using the appropriate language to meet the goals of the funders. Alternatively, they may miss key logistical details that can cause an application to be disqualified.
  1. Frame Your Previous (and future) Experience as Part of a Coherent Narrative – One of the keys to writing a winning application is to demonstrate clearly how your previous academic and professional experience makes you qualified for a particular opportunity. Write a coherent narrative, demonstrating long-standing interest in a particular region, topic, explain how the fellowship will help you develop additional expertise and how this will be useful in the post-fellowship period in your career and for the larger society.
  1. Search out Multiple Fellowship Opportunities – Applying for fellowships can be very competitive. If possible, apply for several different fellowships at the same time. Consider that for many competitions there can be between 5-20 applicants per fellowship. Thus if you can identify various opportunities that are of interest and apply for several this will help increase your chances of having at least one (or more successful applications).
  1. Keep your Essays Focused, Clear and Logical – For most fellowship review processes, a single reviewer may read between 20-50 applications. Thus, it is important that in writing your essays that you provide clear, logical and easy to follow arguments. If it is a research fellowship, explain your research goals, questions, methods of research and intended outcomes. If it is a language fellowship, provide a clear plan of study and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing further language beyond this particular fellowship.
  1. Proofread and Peer Review – One method that can help ensure a quality application is to have your professors and/or colleagues read through the application. Ask if your essays are compelling, to assist with grammatical editing, etc. Sometimes working in peer groups where you might share your initial ideas with colleagues can help in further refining and developing your proposal.
  1. Learn from Rejection – Often applications may not be approved. You can take this a learning opportunity. Some donors will provide you with feedback about why you were not successful and perhaps encourage you to revise and resubmit in future years.
  1. Start Early – Many fellowship applications are due eight-12 months in advance. Thus you need to start research and exploring opportunities with sufficient time.
  1. What are other Suggestions? Please feel free to provide additional suggestions for writing successful scholarship applications?


There are many resources for finding scholarship opportunities and the list below provide some key suggestions.

  • Consult Your University – Often your academic advisors, study abroad offices and other university divisions can be a wonderful source of information about fellowship opportunities. Also when you’re applying to academic institutions for study, inquire about specific funding that may be available if you’re admitted.
  1. The Peace and Collaborative Development Site There are hundreds of scholarship and fellowship opportunities posted on this site. You can find these opportunities in the forums on Fellowship Opportunities and also Research. A useful way to identify opportunities is to search by keywords such as fellowship, scholarship, graduate, Ph.D., “Call for Applications”, etc.
  3. See the Association of Professionals Schools in International Affairs Guide toFellowships and Scholarships.
  4. The Chronicle of Higher Education – Provides information some advanced (usually post-doc) fellowship opportunities.
  5. Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.
  6. H-HET Website network that provides information on numerous fellowship opportunities related to academia.
  7. American Political Science Association Funding Resources – Maintains a wonderful list of fellowships and grants for undergraduate, graduate, post-doc and research opportunities.
  8. Rotary Peace Fellows Rotary Centers provide Rotary World Peace Fellows with the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas. Each year, up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities. Applications need to be over 25 years of age and have several years experience.
  9. Echoing Green’s Fellowship Program – Echoing Green awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators. Annually, we award fellowships to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas.
  10. ProInspire –  develops leaders at all levels for organizations addressing the world’s greatest challenges.
  11. Atlas Corps– develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled professionals.
  12. Fulbright Fellowships – Offers fellowship for US students and faculty to study and conduct research/teaching abroad and for international students and faculty to pursue opportunities in the US.
  13. Schwarzman Scholars – is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.
  14. United States Institute of Ph.D. FellowshipsPeace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships (open to Ph.D. students studying in the US). These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace.
  15. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (US) The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.
  16. The Herbert Scoville Jr.Peace Fellowship (US) The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites college graduates (Graduate Student or Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional) to apply for full-time, six to nine-month fellowships in Washington, District of Columbia. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues.
  17. National Security Education Program – The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate) to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.
  18. Thomas Pickering Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate). The goal of the fellowship Graduate Fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
  19. Donald Payne International Development Fellowship Program – seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  20. Gates Cambridge FellowshipThe Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established by the Gates Cambridge Trust in order to give students from around the world the opportunity to study at Cambridge in one of three programs: a second Bachelor’s degree, one-year postgraduate course leading to a Master’s degree, or research and work leading to a Ph.D. (scholars are funded for a period of 1 to 4 years). The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides University tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and one return airfare.
  21. Chevening Scholarships – are prestigious awards available to international students for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom. They are available in more than 130 countries and around 1000 new Chevening Scholarships are awarded globally each year. Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young, high-flying graduates not only to study their chosen subject, but also to meet and network with their peers in the unique learning atmosphere that the UK provides. The ultimate objective is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.
  22. Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for Summer Language Study at Middlebury College – The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed supported by the program which include Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.
  23. Reagan-Fascell Democrcy Fellows Program National Endowment for Democracy, enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research arm located in Washington, D.C.
  24. Open Society Fellowship – to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges


Many of these institutions sponsor and/or administer a number of fellowship opportunities. Therefore spending some time on each organization’s website to explore given opportunities can be invaluable.

  • Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute – Offers a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students and professionals around the world. One new fellowship opportunity started in 2008 is the Open Society Fellowship
  • International Institute for Education Offers a number of fellowships for students and non-students. Most notable include Fulbright Fellowships (which are often open to non-students), National Security Education Program for Undergraduates and Graduates (study abroad program), and many others. They also maintain a wonderful site on Scholarships for US and International Students, see
  • International Research & Exchanges Board Offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students and faculty to conduct field research abroad (short-term and long-term)
  • Social Science Research Council SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.
  • American Council of Learned Societies CLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs, for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
  • AMIDEAST Administers a number of private, institutional, and non-U.S. government scholarship programs for students and professionals from the Middle East and North Africa, most of which are for study at U.S. universities.
  • The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Souther… (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarters is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They offer several research fellowships each year.
  • German Academic Exchange Council – DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, for study and research in Germany
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) – The NFP are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment. They offer MA, Ph.D. and short-course fellowships for applicants from select countries to study in the Netherlands.
  • Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Scholarships in Conflict Resolution (only open to EU Citizens) – This Scheme will offer opportunities for suitably qualified women and men to pursue one of the following post-graduate degrees at a recognised higher education institution in Ireland which include MA and Ph.D. Degrees at select institutions that are research based.
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World’s Top Meta List of Job Sites/Resources in Social Change, Social Impact, Development, Peacebuilding and Related Fields

Finding the right job in social change, development, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how social changeworks in practice. Many people working in social change , will not find employment with “social change” or “peacebuilding”  but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, social entrepreneurship, social impact, business) working on social change related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.

I strongly encourage my students to develop  developing strong skills in social change/conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careersand a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.

Here are some additional career development suggestions

1) Develop a Strong Resume – Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

2) Follow Dr. Zelizer’s Twitter List of Key Careers Resources in Social Change. This is an excellent way to follow key job openings and news regarding careers in social change real-time.

3) Conduct Informational Interviews – Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you’re speaking with to help you find a job.

4) Subscribe or Visit Key Websites and Job Lists – There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include:

  • UNJOBLIST A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.
  • IDEALIST – Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
  • INDEED A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
  • RELIEFWEB – Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
  • DEVELOPMENT EX – Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
  • Rework– Jobs in impact with companies working on social, environmental, and cultural innovation.
  • Sustainability Careers– Job openings at Business for Social Responsibility and at BSR member organizations.
  • International Organization Careers Website – Professional employment opportunities in International Organizations (site sponsored by the US Department of State)
  • SKOLL WORLD FORUM JOB LIST– Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership, the social sector and corporate social responsibility.
  • BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
  • Social Impact Jobs – List from Echoing Green, one of the leading orgs in the field.
  • Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Job List. List positions in small and growing business member companies/organizations around the world.
  • OpenGov Hub Member Jobs – Job opportunities from organizations based at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC.
  • Liberation Tech Jobs – Listserv that has jobs exploring how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.
  • Be Social Change Jobs – Maintains a job board of positions and internships in key social change orgs.
  • Impact Design Hub Jobs – Jobs at the intersection of public interest, social impact, humanitarian, and community design.
  • Give to get Jobs – Opportunities in the for profit sector that are involved in social change.
  • ICT4D Jobs – Opportunities in information and communication technology for development.
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Job Board – Careers in international Affairs, largely NY and DC based positions.
  • Zebra Jobs – A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.
  • JOBS FOR CHANGE – Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
  • BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK – Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
  • ALERTNET – Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
  • EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
  • FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION – Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
  • JUSTMEANS – Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
  • FOREIGN AFFAIRS – Listing of jobs in International Affairs.
  • DEVNETJOBS – Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
  • JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
  • MandE News Job Forum – List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
  • EUROBRUSSELS – EU Related Jobs.
  • The New EU – European Affairs Jobs in Brussels and Europe.
  • Democracy Digest Jobs – List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
  • Elevator– the Good Job Network, is an exclusive marketplace for people
    to list, discover and apply for good jobs in the UK.
  • Society for International Development Job List – Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs.
  • – Positions related to sports and development.
  • Next Billion Career Center – Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
  • Social Venture Network – Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
  • Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
  • Jobs for Change – Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
  • Inside NGO Jobs – Jobs in international development 
  • OneWorld Jobs brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
  • Donor Committee for Enterprise Development – job postings in private sector development.
  • BCorps Jobs – lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
  • Angel List– Jobs at Startup companies largely in the Information Tech Sector (including some focused on social change).

Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:

3) Use your contacts/networks – One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you’re seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

4)Join New Networks– Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association

5) Examine Ethical Practice – When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization’s ethics and practice fit with your values. If you’re offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.

6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience – Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.

7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities – There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees – A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.

9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area – There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.Hand Written Logo Bundle (vol.1)

Call for Applications, Indigenous Fellowship Programme, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva

Indigenous Fellowship Programme

English language programme

The English language component of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) was established in 1997. It takes place at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland and lasts for 4 weeks, usually coinciding with the annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP).

The objective of this training programme is to enhance the knowledge of indigenous peoples on existing international human rights instruments and mechanisms, so they can use them to more effectively advocate for the rights of their communities and raise their concerns at the international level. At the end of the Programme, trained fellows are also in a better position to share and give training sessions on the knowledge gained to their indigenous communities and organizations.

The training combines theoretical sessions with briefings on the UN system, OHCHR mandate and activities, international Human Rights instruments (Treaties, Conventions, Declarations) and mechanisms (Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures) – including those more specifically dealing with indigenous issues (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ILO Convention 169, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, EMRIP).

Practical assignments and exercises also help better integrate the theory. Fellows are also given the opportunity to actively participate in the annual meeting of EMRIP. Additionally, they get introduced to the work of other UN and specialized agencies (ILO, WIPO, UNESCO, UNICEF) and of Geneva based Human Rights NGOs, including DoCip. You can have a better idea of the type of sessions included in the agenda by clicking on: 2014 training programme.

Participants of the Fellowship Programme are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from their country of residence to Geneva; a daily or monthly stipend to cover their basic needs in Geneva, including modest accommodation, food and transport; a basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme. OHCHR will not cover any additional expenses such as visa fees and travel insurance.

New: in 2015, the English language component of the IFP will run from 29 June to 24 July in Geneva, Switzerland, and fellows will be able to participate in the 8th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Candidates selected to attend the 2015 English language component of the programme are:

  • Mrs. Aminatu GAMBO, Mbororo, Cameroon
  • Mrs. Susanne BULJO, Saami, Norway
  • Mrs. Victoria CAJANDIG, Subanen, Philippines
  • Mrs. Robin VERNEST, Swampi Cree Metis Nation, Canada
  • Mrs. Kileni Apuki FERNANDO, San, Namibia
  • Mr. Leburu Molatedi ANDRIAS, Khoi-San, Botswana
  • Mr. Neth PRAK, Bunong, Cambodia
  • Mr. Tilu LINGGI, Mishmi, India
  • Mr. Phoolman CHAUDHARY, Tharu, Nepal
  • Mr. Watson PUIAHI, Solomon Islander, Solomon Islands

Please note that the deadline to receive applications for the 2016 English language programme is:  25 May 2015.

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2015 ProInspire Fellowship

What would you do if you could change the world?

At ProInspire, we develop leaders at all levels for organizations addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Our goal is to help individuals and organizations achieve their potential for social impact. We believe that expanding talent pipelines, developing professionals, and increasing diversity will catalyze social sector performance. We have been operating in the Washington DC region since 2009 and in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2012. ProInspire partners with nonprofit, public, and social enterprise organizations addressing the most important social issues of our time – access to education, employment, family wellness, health, housing, and youth development. We work with organizations across impact areas – local, national, international – because the needs in this world are great and impact has no boundaries. We were named by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of 7 Nonprofits to Watch in 2015.

We are currently recruiting top professionals with 2-5 years of business experience to be a part of our flagship program, the ProInspire Fellowship. This highly competitive program offers targeted positions with leading organizations, monthly trainings with a cohort of peers, a coach, and a network to support career growth. Fellows spend one year working in a role focused on analysis, finance, fundraising, marketing, operations, or strategy.

About ProInspire Fellows

ProInspire Fellows bring strong skills and experience to their hiring organization, and a desire to learn through on-the-job experience and professional development.

Previous ProInspire Fellows come from across the U.S. with experience in consulting (e.g. Accenture, Bain, PwC), finance & accounting (e.g. Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG), investing (e.g. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, The Carlyle Group), marketing & communications (e.g. Cone, dunnhumby, Zenith Media), corporations (e.g. General Mills, Google, McMaster-Carr), and non-traditional backgrounds (e.g. entrepreneurs, military, nonprofit).

After the Fellowship, Fellows can pursue multiple paths, including staying at their organization (typically more than 70% of Fellows stay), attending graduate school (alumni are now at Chicago Booth, HBS, Kellogg, NYU Wagner, Stanford GSB, and other top programs), and pursuing other opportunities (alumni have gone on to jobs with Bain, IDEO, Parthenon Group, the World Bank, and more).

Program Overview

The Fellowship program runs for 12 months, with the training program starting in August 2015. Fellows work full-time for a ProInspire partner, and participate in our industry leading professional development program. ProInspire’s professional development includes orientation, Fellows retreat, monthly workshops, coaching, and leadership development projects. Fellows also receive career/graduate school support.

Annual compensation and health benefits are provided by the hiring organization. Compensation is $45,000 in Washington, DC and $47,500 in San Francisco Bay Area.

Roles for past ProInspire Fellows include:

  • ACCION International: Impact Investing Fellow
  • FHI 360: Strategy Fellow
  • Global Giving: Operations Fellow
  • Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy: Marketing Fellow
  • Meals on Wheels: Finance Fellow
  • Share Our Strength: HR Fellow
  • San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center: Data Fellow
  • Year Up Bay Area: Communications Fellow

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates will have:

  • A minimum of two years of business or fundraising experience by August 2015
  • Passion for using their business skills to have a positive impact on society
  • Humility and eagerness to learn
  • Demonstrated initiative, self-direction and a “can-do” attitude
  • Adaptability in ambiguous situations and demonstrated ability to learn quickly
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and project management skills
  • Willingness to live in the SF Bay Area or Washington D.C. for the program

Learn More

To Apply

Apply online at Candidates will be considered for placement dates and locations based on their application preferences. Details and further information regarding the application and selection process can be found at Written Logo Bundle (vol.1)

Small Grants Program for Peace Psychology Research, Peace Education, or Community Projects

Small Grants Program for Peace Psychology Research, Peace Education, or Community Projects

The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division 48 of the American Psychological Association invites applications for small grants for projects that will foster the development of the field of peace psychology through research, peace education, and the application of peace psychology in community settings. Grant applications may request between $300 and $1,500.

The Society welcomes applications from anyone with the qualifications to conduct the proposed project, including graduate students and persons from all nations. Approximately half of the grants will be awarded to graduate students or persons in their early careers. Membership in the society is required to receive, but not to apply, for a grant.  To apply for a grant, please read the instructions posted on the Division 48 website at

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2015 and the Div. 48 Small Grants Committee will announce decisions on July 6, 2015. For questions related to the application process, please contact Urmitapa Dutta at Written Logo Bundle (vol.1)

Call for Applications, Open Society Fellowship, to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges

Open Society Fellowship


The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations’ expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization’s ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.

Eligibility Criteria

The Open Society Fellowship accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Ineligibility Criteria

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

This is a fellowship for individuals only; proposals from two or more applicants will not be accepted.


Interested applicants should first download and review the complete fellowship guidelines. To apply, submit applications here.  

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Call for Concept Notes, Fellowship Opportunity in Reconciliation, United States Institute of Peace

Fellowship Opportunity in Reconciliation: Call for Concept Notes

USIP Jennings Randolph Fellowship
Deadline Date: 
May 11, 2015, 5:00 pm EST


A key puzzle in post-conflict peacebuilding is that we do not know the best methodologies to measure changes in intergroup relations. This makes it very difficult to evaluate the impact of reconciliation programming, and thus to improve programming.

Barometers, or indices, of reconciliation do exist, several in Africa based on a prototype developed for South Africa, some developed separately (Australia; Cyprus). They attempt to measure reconciliation at a national level, with no mechanisms for local level reconciliation nor for changes from year to year,  among other critical gaps. At best, they attempt to reflect the state of intergroup relations at a national level, but they are not set up to produce any recommendations for action in the form of policy or programming.  No comparative, analytical studies of these barometers exist, nor have those researchers who created or produced existing barometers been brought together to discuss methodologies, successes, shortcomings and “new generation” ideas.

Fellowship Description:

The Reconciliation Research Project in USIP’s Center for Applied Research on Conflict [ARC] seeks concept notes for a Jennings Randolph Fellowship. Over the course of 8-10 months, the Fellow will:

  • Carry out a review of existing methodologies of instruments to measure reconciliation;
  • Write a USIP Special Report on instruments to measure reconciliation, as well as a minimum of one shorter publication to raise awareness of the research and begin to identify other experts working in this field and potential stakeholders among practitioners and policy-makers
  • Working with ARC staff, organize a workshop to convene creators of and researchers working on existing barometers to discuss the development of this type of tool to better measure reconciliation;
  • Working with ARC staff, begin to lay the groundwork for a prototype of a Reconciliation Barometer for a conflict or post-conflict context,  to be used as a base for barometer planning. Colombia is potentially a strong case study as it is in a peace process, and has wide variation in local experiences of conflict and therefore local as well as national-level reconciliation needs. Proposals for alternative sites will be considered; identifying potential in-country partners (individuals and institutions) will be key to developing this project strand;
  • More broadly, the Fellow would serve as a resource and advisor on future applied, empirical reconciliation research, including the development of potential case studies

The Fellowship may be split into two residencies. The research proposal may include trips to the field for short-term research.

Evaluation Criteria:

USIP envisions that the selected Fellow will be mid- to senior-level professional. Concept note submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • A strong background in social science research in post-conflict environments, including a PhD, strong methodological skills, including quantitative, relevant publications record;
  • Familiarity with the literature and problematics of post-conflict peacebuilding, including reconciliation as a conceptual framework;
  • Evidence of the necessary local/regional expertise, including relevant language skills, to carry out the proposed case study;
  • A proven track-record of carrying out comparable research and practice- and policy-oriented writing projects;
  • Interest in, familiarity with and preferably engagement or experience in relevant peacebuilding/humanitarian/development practice, in order to understand the needs of the field and the nature of USIP;
  • Depth and range of experience, as well as creative thinking and analytical approach, to expand USIP’s current research agenda;
  • Established track record of writing and publishing on his or her research topic; and,
  • Potential to expand USIP’s relationships with practitioners, researchers and national, regional and international organizations engaged in projects to promote reconciliation.

You must apply by using our Concept Note Template. You must also fill in this personal information form.

A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a longer application based on the Concept Note.

To submit the Concept Note, together with a CV, and for information email: Dr. Elizabeth Cole, Senior Program Officer, directs the Reconciliation Research strand within USIP’s ARC. Please send the Concept Note as an attachment and put Reconciliation Fellowship Concept Note Submission in the subject line.