VVEngage is a Vital Voices signature fellowship supporting outstanding women political leaders making and influencing policy across the globe. Through this fully-funded fellowship, we aim to increase the capacity, decision-making power and effectiveness of women leaders in politics and government, shifting culture around women’s public leadership and moving towards equality in public representation globally. We also aim to work towards a more inclusive and equitable world by advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through policy.
Through this fellowship, Vital Voices advances women’s political leadership and the SDGs by conducting online and in-person* trainings with experts such as women leaders from the Vital Voices Global Network and professors from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship also connects participants to a global network of peers and mentors, such as current and former female heads of state with the Council of Women World Leaders, with whom they can brainstorm and share challenges and best practices.
Building on 20 years of leadership development work conducted by Vital Voices, the customized fellowship curriculum includes 9 months of inspiring and rigorous courses in topics such as Leadership, Strategic Communications, Political Strategy and Governance. Fellows will acquire specific skills to achieve their goals and advance the SDGs in their communities.
*Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in-person trainings have been suspended
The 2021 cohort of VVEngage will consist of women leaders from across the globe who will be selected based on the following criteria.*
All applicants must fall into one of these categories:
In addition, all applicants must fit all of the following criteria:
*See application for full criteria
This fellowship is a 9-month commitment that includes virtual trainings and events throughout the year. The time commitment is an estimated eight hours per month.
The application must be submitted by 4:59pm EST on January 21, 2021. You can access the application here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/5729277/VVEngage-Application-2021
For more information, please contact the Vital Voices Political & Civic Engagement team at VVEngage@VitalVoices.org.
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