The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a year-long, non-residential program that provides intensive media support, advocacy lessons, training, and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers for frontline development experts from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With support from a team of experienced mentors and trainers, New Voices Fellows develop and amplify their ideas to bring about meaningful change. On average, Fellows devote 10% of their working time towards the Fellowship over the course of the year.
The program helps Fellows sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of media platforms – illuminating crucial perspectives for a broad worldwide audience in order to champion policy change.
Fellows come from a variety of disciplines, ranging from public health to education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, and community activism. All Fellows are experts in their field with a deep understanding of broad development challenges and a passion for communicating their views
The Fellowship is recruiting a total of 20-25 Fellows for 2021.
The Fellowship is open by nomination only.
The nomination period runs from August 17, 2020 – October 17,2020.
The Fellowship Year at a Glance
FEBRUARY KEY IN-PERSON TRAINING
Fellows meet in Nairobi, Kenya for a week-long intensive media and advocacy boot camp.
MARCH – MAY
Fellows complete one-on-one remote work with their selected mentor. Fellows and mentors focus on the Fellow’s customized program goals, such as publishing op-eds, giving speeches, and working towards tangible advocacy and policy objectives.
JUNE KEY IN-PERSON TRAINING
Fellows meet in Aspen, Colorado for the Aspen Ideas: Health Festival and an intensive story-telling training.
JULY – SEPTEMBER
Remote work continues as Fellows receive support to write, pitch, and publish Op-Eds, complete media appearances, advocate for their work and broader policy change, and share their stories with targeted audiences.
OCTOBER KEY IN-PERSON TRAINING
Fellows meet in Washington, DC for the Aspen Institute’s foundational seminar program. Fellows also explore advance advocacy strategies and prepare for their futures as Senior Fellows.
NOVEMBER – JANUARY
Fellows receive continued support from their mentor until the next class is announced. At that time, Fellows graduate to become Senior Fellows and receive continued guidance and support from the New Voices Alumni Coordinators.
Opportunity focus Area:
– Global health
– Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
– Human Rights
– Food Security and Nutrition
– Environment/Climate Change
– Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
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