WASHINGTON, DC August 15, 2018 – The Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship today announced a call for nominations for the 2019 Fellowship class, including an exciting new expansion of the program to recruit a cadre of global fellows who are grassroots experts on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The New Voices Fellowship initiative offers development experts from across Africa, Asia and Latin America a year-long program of media support, advocacy training, research and writing coaching under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.
Fellows must be from a developing country, and ideally work and live in the Global South.
The Fellowship will recruit a total of 25 Fellows. We are looking for 15 Fellows who are experts in fields relating to global health and development. The Fellowship this year is particularly interested in professionals with backgrounds in food security, global health, development economics, health and human rights, and climate change.
We are also looking for 10 additional Fellows who are experts working on the frontlines of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“Many women face health and economic hardships connected to their lack of reproductive rights. To address this challenge, we are thrilled to introduce a second cohort of the New Voices Fellowship focused on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,” said New Voices Director Andrew Quinn.
“The 10 people selected for these new fellowship positions will be local trailblazers on these issues, working as researchers, practitioners, community organizers, medical staff or advocates. Together with our other Fellows, they represent a powerful new generation of global development leaders.”
Over the course of a year, the Fellowship works to prepare and support Fellows to become recognized thought leaders, helping amplify their insights and ideas rooted in experience on the ground. They will be given training and support to speak at major events; write conversation-starting op-eds and think pieces for major outlets; and build their social media platforms. The Fellowship is non-resident, but includes travel to training workshops as well as opportunities for travel to select international conferences.
Current Fellows have had their work featured in media sites ranging from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and Al Jazeera to the Huffington Post, Africa Report, and AllAfrica.com. Fellows have been interviewed by news organizations including the BBC, CNBC, and National Public Radio (NPR), appeared in a host of influential media outlets throughout Africa and South Asia, and been invited to speak at events including TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Application to the Fellowship is by nomination only through the program website at www.aspennewvoices.org/nominations/. The nomination period will close on October 15, 2018 and the incoming class will be announced in January 2019.
The New Voices Fellowship
The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. Launched in 2013, and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundations and other funders, the New Voices Fellowship is part of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. For more information, visit www.aspennewvoices.org.
The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.