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2021 AFRE Fellowship - South Africa and the United States

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 1, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on January 19, 2021
AFRE - Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity
AFRE - Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

South Africa and the United States are shaped by and connected to a complex legacy of anti-Black racism and racialised exploitation and violence. Over the last two centuries, advocates in the two countries have learned from and inspired each other in the struggle to achieve full equality. AFRE builds upon—and reinvigorates— this rich history of exchange by creating a transnational space for leaders to come together to explore, imagine, experiment and build long-term solutions for impactful change.

Fellowship in AFRE is grounded in a deep respect and appreciation for diverse experiences and perspectives and what we can build collectively. Each year we accept 20 high-impact change-makers from South Africa and the United States into the fellowship, which consists of an 18 months-long, non-residential experience that builds knowledge and capacity to effectively address the causes of racial inequality and to imagine more equitable futures.

The experience is immersive and dialogue-based, with virtual participation and some international travel. It is designed to support Fellows personal growth as leaders who are rooted in deep self-awareness, resilience, mutual support and collective accountability, while also facilitating new understandings and solidarities to emerge across sector, identity, and nationality. Projects are used as a tool to cultivate innovation, collaboration and creative problem solving. The fellowship is led by a transnational team of staff and facilitators from Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Our Fellows share the following characteristics.
They are:
• Experienced in their field of work with a track record of impact in furthering racial equity;
• Proposing work with the potential to significantly advance the development of new policy, institutions and/or narratives for greater equity;
• Willing and able to navigate and learn from diversity and complexity on a local and global scale;
• Committed to working with and supporting others to achieve individual and collective impact.

Utilize This Offer

Are you a change maker passionate about racial equity? Apply to join the 2021 AFRE Fellowship.

This programme is for individuals who are committed to achieving equity, have a track record of significant impact, and deeply value dialogue with, and learning from, diverse perspectives and voices as a critical step towards achieving societal transformation.

There are no academic qualifications required to apply.

The programme is delivered in English.

AFRE will cover all travel, lodging, meals and incidentals such as wifi access during programme activities.

All Fellows will be awarded $10, 000 over the course of the programme year.

Applications are due by 11:59pm SAST / 4:59pm EST on the 20th January 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020