The Iraq Leadership Fellows Program helps Iraq’s next generation of leaders develop the skills they need to build sustainable and transformative social and political movements. The Fellowship brings together young activists from around Iraq for three residential training sessions over the course of a year, with each training comprising of three or four days of intensive learning with leading international instructors and high-level guest speakers.
Fellows receive additional one-to-one mentorship in between trainings, and the best in class are offered further development opportunities. Graduates of the program join an illustrious alumni network of former fellows who represent the next generation of Iraqi change-makers. The Fellowship is supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and DT Institute and is hosted at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Tuition costs, accommodation and travel are all covered by the fellowship.
There are two Fellowship tracks on offer in 2019/2020, each Fellowship will accept 25 Fellows:
Social Activist Fellowship This Fellowship is targeted at young civil society activists, and offers training on the skills they require to build effective and sustainable campaigns and change movements. Fellows learn how to develop campaign strategies, how to identify constituencies of support, how to advocate with policy makers, how to build public awareness, and how to use narratives to persuade. Fellows also engage in personal reflection to identify ways in which they can improve their leadership styles and can build and motivate teams of supporters. As part of the program, Fellows will develop and launch real-life campaigns, and the most effective campaigns may be offered further support to enable their ongoing success.
Political Candidate Fellowship This Fellowship is targeted at young political activists who wish to bring about positive change in Iraq through participation in the political process, and who intend to run for election at some point during their careers. Fellows will learn how to identify and develop their political values and principles, how to engage in political negotiations, how to communicate with different types of audiences and how to mobilize political support. The training includes several simulations, including creating political platforms, electing leadership teams, negotiating to create political coalitions, and speaking to the media.
Candidates for the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program should:
- Be Iraqi citizens and residents of Iraq
- Be between the ages of 25 and 35
- Have 2+ years of experience in either social activism or political campaigning/activities
- Have exceptional academic, professional or personal achievements
- Be committed to attending all three residential training sessions, to reading all preparatory materials, to engaging in the mentorship sessions in between the trainings, and to pursuing follow-on activities.
- Be fluent in either Arabic or English
We also expect Fellows to be:
- Dedicated to expanding their roles as political or social leaders, and passionate about peacefully bringing about positive change in Iraq
- Positive in their attitude, and have demonstrated perseverance and initiative
- Intellectually curious, tolerant of diverse perspectives and willing to take risks
- Committed to upholding democratic values and to exercising personal integrity
- Mentors with a passion for investing in others, and ready to contribute to and enhance the experience of other fellows
- Coachable and in search of feedback; humble and able to ask for help
- Results-oriented, mission-driven, and innovative
- Service-oriented coalition-builders who can effectively negotiate and manage conflict as a member of a team
- In a position to share with colleagues, students, or broader audiences the ideas learned and contacts made in the ILF program
- Capable of listening and communicating effectively in written and spoken word
- Able to demonstrate leadership potential
The Fellowship seeks diversity of representation in terms of governorate, ethnicity, religion and gender.
To apply for the 2019/2020 Fellowships, complete the below form. The deadline for applications is 12 midnight Iraqi time on 1st September 2019.
If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process please email [email protected]