About the Fellowship Program:
The Smitu Kohtari Fellowship Program at the International Accountability Project (IAP) is a unique learning opportunity for young advocates from Asia, Africa and Latin America, created in honor of IAP founding board member Smitu Kothari. A leading scholar-activist in India and globally,
Smitu Kothari made prolific contributions in the fields of environmental justice and rights-respecting development, and served as a mentor to countless students and advocates in our movement.
The aim of the Fellowship Program is to advance an area of work that Smitu gave much of himself to — creating opportunity for young people to enter the movement for global justice and strengthen their abilities as activists, critical thinkers and change-makers. The Smitu Kothari Fellowship Program at IAP is a 12-month program designed to support the leadership of exceptional young activists in our movement for global justice.
How does the Fellowship Program work?
International Accountability Project (IAP) is the host organization: Fellows are based at IAP’s office in Washington, D.C. for 1 year where they are responsible for leading an advocacy initiative during their Fellowship year. Fellows work closely with IAP staff and colleagues to carry out their advocacy initiative, including doing research, writing, presenting to decision-makers at financial institutions such as the World Bank, and producing easy-to-understand information materials for IAP community partners. In addition, Fellows will also provide coordination support to IAP’s Global Advocacy Team initiative.
Atlas Corps provides logistical support to make the fellowship possible. Atlas Corps manages placement of international fellows at numerous nonprofit organizations in the United States and has expertise in handling visas, travel, stipends, insurance, supporting fellows to find housing, and also providing top-quality orientation and professional development trainings throughout the fellowship year. Atlas Corps will ensure that Fellows have the support they need throughout their Fellowship experience, and they also provide the opportunity to connect with other international fellows at diverse nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
Fellowship applications will be received on a rolling basis, however, applications received by September 25th, 2015 will enjoy priority consideration. Fellowships start in January.
Who can apply?
We are looking for passionate, capable advocates with a commitment to creating development justice in their home country and region. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience advocating for development that respects human rights and the environment — and who will utilize the Fellowship experience to advance their work and leadership in this field in the future.
IAP is looking for candidates who have:
At least 3 years of work experience in the field of advocacy for development justice, human rights and environmental justice. This experience can be at the community level, organizing your own communities or other communities with which you are working in solidarity;
Experience working directly with communities to make their voices heard and influence development projects and policies;
Some experience working specifically on issues of resettlement, eviction and displacement;
Proficiency in English;
A profound personal commitment to serve as an advocate/leader in this field for the long-term, and a strong desire to utilize this Fellowship experience to advance his/her advocacy capacity; and
Heart, humility and humor.
In addition, Atlas Corps requires that candidates meet the following Eligibility Requirements:
2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
35 years or younger
Commitment to return to your home country after the 12 month fellowship
After initial screening by AtlasCorps, Fellows will be selected by IAP’s Fellowship Advisory Committee that includes IAP staff, board members and colleagues.
Responsibilities for 2016 Fellow:
For the 2016 Fellowship year, IAP will be selecting one (1) fellow. The Fellow will be responsible for supporting the work of IAP’s Global Advocacy Team, to influence the World Bank Safeguard Policy Review. Tasks will likely include
Coordinating communication, travel and online-sharing among the members of Global Advocacy Team;
Supporting the application process for the 2016 Global Advocacy Team initiatives;
Coordinating translation and distribution of IAP tools for activists, such as IAP’s Community Action Guides;
Assisting with the preparation of information materials for workshops with NGO partners in several regions;
Assisting as needed with IAP events, work-planning, program evaluation, and fundraising. IAP is a small organization, and the Fellow will be an integral part of the team during his/her Fellowship year.
Researching proposed development projects that could cause human and environmental abuses and conducting community outreach.
How to apply:
Submit an online application through the Atlas Corps website: http://atlascorps.org/apply-to-united-states.php
Include the following in your application:
Enter “IAP” as the response to the “Where did you hear about Atlas Corps” question
Attach a cover letter to your application. The cover letter should address the following questions:
Why do you want to work with International Accountability Project (IAP)?
What would you want to accomplish during your fellowship year?
How would you use the fellowship experience to advance your advocacy work upon your return to your home country?