Build Peace Fellowship 2017 | Diplomacy Opportunities

Peace through technology

Build Peace Fellows Program for exceptional individuals who want to work at the intersection of peacebuilding, arts, research and technology. The program builds local innovative potential for individuals and organisations embedded in peacebuilding processes. Over one year, we help Fellows take an innovative peacebuilding intervention from idea to pilot implementation. Fellows also emerge with a strong understanding of best practices in innovation that will allow them to design and manage programs that introduce innovation processes to their peacebuilding work.

Fellows come together for a joint, week-long training course on participatory methodologies, user-centered design and conflict sensitivity, delivered by Build Up and relevant experts. This course does not teach specific technical skills (coding, research design, etc). Rather, the course provides fellows with the tools they need to design and manage innovative projects. We help fellows become product managers – the people who link developers / experts with business objectives, in their case with peacebuilding objectives.

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Fellowships can be awarded to individuals from any country and any background. The application will ask that Fellows demonstrate they have a team behind them that will enable them to implement their project. Fellows can present a formal organization as their team, but this is not a requirement. We will also consider Fellows who present an unaffiliated group as their team.

The target audience for this Fellowship is peacebuilders who wish to begin using technology, arts and / or participatory research. The training and support provided during the Fellowship is aimed at individuals with peacebuilding experience but with limited experience in technology, arts or research. Applications from technologists, artists or researchers who wish to begin working in the peacebuilding field will be considered, but may not be the best fit for this program.

Fellows receive a grant to cover some of the technical and implementation costs of their intervention. The exact grant amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific needs of an intervention, but in any case will not exceed 16,000 EUR. Fellows are expected to engage with all aspects of the Fellowship program; applications seeking only grant funding are not a strong match to the program.

To Apply

Applications are evaluated by Build Up staff and an external Advisory Committee according to the following selection criteria​:

  1. Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the peacebuilding context and ability to link to ongoing processes and stakeholders;
  2. Is willing to engage in participatory design with relevant stakeholders;
  3. Articulates theory of change for use of technology, arts or participatory research in the peacebuilding process;
  4. Demonstrates individual / team capacities to implement proposed project;
  5. Will benefit from the training and support provided through the Fellowship (not only the grant funding);
  6. Demonstrates ability to achieve meaningful milestone for development / completion within Fellowship timeframe.

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Applications for the Build Peace Fellows 2017-2018 are now open and will close on June 30, 2017

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