VAV Fellowship

Coordinating efforts to prevent and respond to GBV while protecting survivors around the world


Vital Voices Global Partnership invites you to apply for the Voices Against Violence Fellowship (“VAV Fellowship”). The VAV Fellowship is an innovative, cross-regional, one-year program that seeks to engage twenty (20) fellows from ten (10) civil-society organizations across two regions, and in up to two different languages (to be determined by the selected fellows). The applicant organization must nominate two candidates, both of whom must meet the requirements described in the participant eligibility section. The VAV Fellowship will advance the capacity and global network of community-based organizations combatting gender-based violence. The VAV Fellowship is a project of Vital Voices under Voices Against Violence: The Gender-Based Violence Global Initiative, which seeks to improve protections and access to justice and resources for advocates and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

The VAV Fellowship will include tailored trainings and promote peer-to-peer learning and exchanges among participants; it will include virtual and in-person gatherings and activities, the latter of which will depend on the evolving COVID-19 situation and consequent travel restrictions. The selected fellows will gain knowledge of innovative strategies to address systemic and institutional gaps in their region or country, as well as leadership development experience, grant-management skills, fundraising techniques, the capacity to establish and implement clear policies and procedures within their organization, and best practices for mitigating secondary trauma and supporting self-care efforts.

The trainings and cross-regional discussions will be carried out in combination with concurrent small grants of $20,000 – $30,000 USD (the award amount will depend on organizational capacity) for each organization to strengthen their individual and organizational capacity to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. Fellows will have the opportunity to submit a proposal for their grant-funded project once the fellowship is in progress.

Applications are OPEN till Friday, June 11 @ 4:59 pm EST!