About the Fellowship Program
IAP launched the Summer Research Fellowship program in 2007. Over the five years since its launch, the field research produced by fellows has contributed to IAP popular education manuals, shaped policy recommendations submitted to the World Bank, and
identified cases of on-the-ground rights violations that led to formal complaints being filed at international accountability mechanisms.
In addition, the experience of working with IAP and our partners has often resulted in a profound deepening of fellows' personal commitment to, and understanding of, issues of global justice.
This unique program allows currently enrolled graduate students and young advocates to participate in substantive work with IAP and our colleagues in Asia and Latin America, and to conduct research that advances our shared campaigns.
Fellowship positions are open to graduate-level students and advocates/professionals with coursework and work experience in the issues IAP addresses. While fellows have come from diverse academic backgrounds and career paths, all fellows must have a passion for global justice, an ability to work independently in remote and sometimes challenging circumstances, and a capacity to connect across differences with humility and grace.
The Fellowship program is 12 weeks, including a two-week orientation
in IAP's offices, 9 weeks in the field, and a one-week wrap-up and final presentation
back at the office. Start and end dates are flexible but ideally early-June to mid-August.
Fellowship opportunities for 2012
In 2012, IAP seeks
2-3 Summer Research Fellows to work in two of our program areas. IAP
seeks one to two Summer Research Fellows with a strong interest in renewable
energy, environmental or public policy and sustainability in international
development. Fellows will conduct a scoping study of organizations, individuals
and institutions involved in research and promotion of renewable energy in
either Bangladesh or Vietnam. This study will lay the groundwork for IAP
efforts to promote partnerships between grassroots communities facing
destructive energy-sector development projects and ongoing work on renewable
energy alternatives. If fellow(s) is interested, some additional work related
to IAP’s ongoing campaigns may be incorporated into the work plan.
In addition, IAP seeks one Summer Research Fellow with experience working
with grassroots networks and capacity building programs. The Fellow will
participate in two projects. In the first, the Fellow will conduct outreach and
gather feedback from community partners who participate in field-testing a
popular education resource, A Community
Action Guide to the Asian Development Bank: Making Safeguard Policies Work for
Justice. In the second, the Fellow will help to support efforts by
communities and NGOs to monitor investments by the International Finance Corporation (the private sector lending arm of the World Bank).
Both projects will be conducted in India.
Fellowship positions are open to currently-enrolled graduate students with
coursework and work experience in the issues IAP works to address.
Funding: We encourage candidates to explore opportunities for partial
or full funding through their graduate programs, to enable travel and work with
IAP partners in the Global South. IAP will make every effort to
supplement funding as needed to cover project and travel costs. Unfortunately,
all fellowship positions are unpaid at this time.
Application process: To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter on
what motivates your interest to work with IAP on this project to: Emily@accountabilityproject.org.
In your letter, please indicate the project for which you wish to apply. If you
are interested in the renewable energy project, please indicate whether your
interest is limited to one of the two countries, or if you would be open to
Applications are due Tuesday, February 28th, 2012.
Feel free to email or call the office (415.659.0555) with any questions.
Thank you for your interest in our work!
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