Refugees International’s Refugee Fellows Program 2024 for emerging leaders.

May 15, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: June 5, 2024

Refugees International is now accepting applications for the second cohort of its Refugee Fellows Program, set to start in July 2024.  The Refugees International invites individuals with personal experiences of forced displacement and a commitment to advocating for displaced people’s rights and safety to apply, especially emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds. Refugees International’s Refugee Fellows Program enriches and supports the advocacy efforts of refugee leaders around the world. This year-long fellowship equips fellows with the necessary tools and resources to amplify the perspectives of refugees and displaced individuals and drive meaningful change in their communities.

Fellows are formally affiliated with Refugees International and collaborate closely with our staff on various advocacy initiatives, including reports, opinion pieces, events, research trips, and direct engagement with policy makers. Additionally, fellows participate in peer-to-peer learning and formal and informal training sessions with advocacy and communications professionals.

Duration: July 22, 2024 to July 22, 2025.


Fellows will receive a $15,000 grant in four quarterly installments throughout the year, for working up to 5 hours per week.

Key ComponentsoftheFellowship:

1. Technical Training: Enhancing skills such as public speaking, advocacy planning, and fundraising, or other themes tailored to meet the needs of the fellows.

2. Professional Networking: Connecting fellows with a wide network of influential figures in the humanitarian field, fostering professional relationships and collaborative opportunities.

3. FundingOpportunities: Supporting fellows in effective fundraising training and networking.

4. Collaborative Advocacy EventsandTrips: Offering opportunities for partnership with Refugees International on key advocacy issues through collaborative events and research trips

With financial support from Refugees International, fellows will be expected to:

Participate in Regular Meetings:

  • Attendance at regular meetings is essential for staying aligned with the program’s objectives and collaborative efforts.
  • Attend an In-Person Retreat: If feasible, fellows will participate in an in-person retreat, with details to be agreed on with the fellows.
  • Organize andPresentaWebinar: Fellows are expected to plan and conduct a webinar focusing on an advocacy issue relevant to their work, in collaboration with Refugees International staff.
  • Co-Publish at Least OnePublication: Each fellow is required to co-publish at least one piece of written work with Refugees International, which could include a statement, policy brief, op-ed, report, or similar publication.
  • Plan and Conducta Field Research Trip: If feasible, fellows should organize a field research trip in collaboration with Refugees International aimed at supporting mutual advocacy efforts.
  • Participate in Regional or/and Global Refugee-Related Events: If feasible, fellows will take part in one or more regional or/and global events addressing refugee issues.

Language Proficiencies:

  • English language competency is preferred for the ultimate success of the fellowship program so that fellows may engage with all aspects of Refugees International work and staff.
  • Competency in other key advocacy and local languages also preferred.

    Digital Access:

  • This is a remote program, so candidates must have their own computer and internet access to participate.

    Eligibility for Grant:

  • Fellows must have a bank account to which the grant can be transferred in adherence with U.S. law.

How to Apply:

  • To apply, applicants must complete an application form, submit a personal statement, and provide a concise work plan for the fellowship year.
  • Candidates will be invited to a panel interview during the second half of June.
  • Decisions about fellowships will be made by the beginning of July, and fellowships will begin on July 22, 2024, for a one-year term.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Refugees International’s Refugee Fellows Program