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Vital Voices Global Fellowship for Women Empowerment in Social Entrepreneurship and Political Leadership(Fully-funded)

Vital Voices Global Fellowship for Women Empowerment in Social Entrepreneurship and Political Leadership(Fully-funded)

The Vital Voices Global Fellowship brings together women leaders from across sectors to build skills and capacity, foster a collaborative network, and exchange ideas. In addition to learning successful leadership practices both from experts and each other, in our inaugural year, we are offering programming across two pillars – social entrepreneurship and political leadership. Fellows will engage in focused learning on sector-specific skills and knowledge and with changemakers relevant to their industries. Through the fellowship, Vital Voices also aims to create opportunities for cross-issue collaboration and harness the collective creative potential of women leaders working on critical challenges disproportionately affecting women and girls.

Through participating in the Vital Voices Global Fellowship, Fellows will: 

  • Gain access to a cohort of diverse women leaders within their own pillar and across sectors, similarly, committed to making a positive impact in their communities
  • Build leadership and confidence through the Vital Voices Leadership Journey (VVLJ), which includes building personal narrative and storytelling skills
  • Receive an invitation to attend an in-person convening in Washington, DC
  • Develop new skills and tools to increase their capacity
  • Receive a certificate of achievement upon completing the fellowship
  • Join the Vital Voices global network of more than 20,000 women leaders from around the world

Fellowship Criteria
To be considered for the Vital Voices Global Fellowship, fellows must meet the following criteria:

  • This fellowship is open to women, including all those who identify as women
  • English proficiency
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Vital Voices core principles of leadership: innovative, collaborative, driven by a clear sense of mission, has strong roots in her community, and is committed to connecting across lines that divide
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Be willing to commit to participating in the fellowship and engaging with diverse women leaders from around the world
  • Meet all the criteria for the pillar to which they are applying (see pillar web pages)

Program Expectations  
What are the program expectations and what do fellows commit to as part of their participation?

  • Attend all virtual trainings beginning June 2024 to March 2025, complete all assignments and any additional phone calls/engagement with other fellows, trainers, or program staff
  • The average monthly commitment is 8 hours per month
  • Online sessions are typically 1-2 hours and held between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. US There will be 2-3 online sessions per month
  • Attend the entire in-person gathering in Fall 2024 (exact dates TBD)
  • Submit surveys up to three years after the end of the program

Learn more about the program’s Social Entrepreneurship and Political Leadership pillars.

How to apply – Apply here by April 22, 2024

What happens after I apply?
Applicants may be asked to participate in a follow-up call to answer any clarifying questions. All applicants will be notified about final decisions by May 31. Early applications are strongly encouraged.