Smith College Professional Fellowship Program in Rwanda
Smith College is soliciting applications for participation in a Professional Fellowship Program. The project will bring eleven Rwandan professionals and eleven Ugandan professionals to the U.S. for six weeks on a fully-funded trip. Approximately half of those selected would participate in a U.S. program from April 30 to June 10, 2016, and the other half from October 1 to November 11, 2016. The theme of the project is Cross-Sectoral Development in the field of Tolerance and Conflict Resolution.
Participants of the US-based programs will be from Rwanda and Uganda. Each program will start with one week of orientation activities at Smith College in Western Massachusetts. In addition to orientation activities, the week will include lectures, site visits, and cultural outings. During weeks, 2-5, small groups of participants will be placed with host organizations throughout Massachusetts and neighboring states to learn how those organizations provide conflict resolution and other services, and to contribute their own knowledge and experience. During the final week of the program, participants will travel to Washington, DC for cultural activities and a closing conference hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Participants will be guided and supported throughout the programs by staff at Smith College.
Once selected, participants must secure a valid passport, and make an application for a J1 visa from the U.S. Embassy in their country. In addition to submitting a written application, visa applicants must attend an individual interview at the Embassy. Staff will facilitate the visa application process for each participant. Only those who are granted a visa may travel to the U.S.
On their return from their U.S. program, African participants will be required to implement a project relating to improving tolerance and conflict resolution programs in their communities. The projects will be defined by the participants, with support and guidance from U.S. and African project organizers, and will be developed during the U.S. program.
African participants will also be expected to be actively involved in the development and implementation of a two-week Africa-based program for four American participants in July/August, 2016 in Rwanda, and a comparable program in January, 2017 in Uganda. The U.S. delegations will consist of people actively involved in the U.S. fellowships for Africans, and work in the same fields. They will visit for two weeks, traveling to many of the African alumni organizations and communities. The Americans will be expected to support the African delegations in implementing their projects.
More information regarding activities and responsibilities for the projects and for the Africa-based program will be provided during the U.S. program.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPANTS
To be eligible, an applicant must:
· be between the ages of 25 and 50
· be a citizen of Rwanda
· have significant volunteer and/or professional experience in community involvement relevant to the project theme
· have demonstrated an understanding of project goals and objectives
· commit to developing and implementing an action plan
· be open to new ideas and perspectives
· have limited travel abroad experience and no previous participation in this type of program.
Other criteria that will be considered include diversity among group members, including ethnic, socio-economic, and gender diversity. Special consideration will be given to female candidates.
The selection process is as follows:
1. Application forms for the spring program are due no later than 31 December 2015. Applications by Rwandans must be submitted to Ms. Dora Urujeni (see below for contact information).
2. The Selection Committee will consist of 3-5 people working in the fields of tolerance and conflict resolution, and will possibly a representative of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. Selection Committee members will review applications and select up to 22 semi-finalists from Rwanda.
3. Individual interviews for the semi-finalists will be held during the month of January 2016.
4. Eleven finalists and six alternates will be announced by 31 January 2016.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION
To be considered complete and valid, your application must include:
Section 1: Personal Information
Section 2: Essay Question Responses
Section 3: One recommendation
How To Apply
Find here the Application Form to be filled document and send it on this email address "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Please consider all of the above information carefully before deciding to apply.
Print clearly or type, in English. Do not include these cover pages with the application.
Completed Applications must be received by Dora Urujeni, Rwanda Coordinator, no later than midnight on 31 December 2015.
RWANDA APPLICATION AND RECOMMENDATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2015
Rwanda applications may be delivered to Ms. Dora Urujeni (tel: 0788308983)
Post: Memos, P.O. Box 6433, Kigali- Rwanda