Effective Activism Fellowship 2015/2016
The Effective Activism Fellowship Program (EAFP) started in 2014 within the broader framework of the Effective Activism project, within which we identified new forms of activism and emerging groups across Europe as potential allies in supporting the transformation of European democracy.
The Effective Activism Fellowship Program is a result of our thinking around how to support individuals and grassroots activists, who do important work in their countries but are not part of existing civil society organizations or any other institution through which we could support their efforts. Funding opportunities for these activists are severely limited. Sooner or later they face pressure to either join established NGOs, which could bring additional limitations to their work (dependence on international funding, elitist image, inability to shape majority public opinion and lack of grassroots outreach), public administration, corporations or they simply burn out. The Effective Activism Fellowship Program specifically targets activists that have a proven record of extensive activist experience in increasing civic participation in politics, community organizing, critical thinking and progressive social change through various forms of cultural expressions, reaching wider constituencies, inclusion of marginalized communities, developing policy ideas to tackle systematic inequality and promoting open society values in the face of ultraconservatism, nationalism and populism. Possible candidates for this fellowship are grassroots activists with strong advocacy experience, experienced community organizers, public intellectuals or independent experts in various fields, investigative journalists and other inspiring individuals.
The Effective Activism Fellowship Program was designed to support the work of experienced activists by providing financial support and thus opening time and space for them to further develop their work, as well as to provide opportunities for them to share their ideas with a network of peers.
‘I believe that what makes an ideal fellow fitting to the program is his or her highly individual, authentic way of getting around the subjects of public interest’ (Effective Activism Fellow, Slovakia)
‘On a personal level, I have learned how to be more productive in multitasking environment, how to delegate and how to use volunteer help - otherwise it’s a one-man show with limited results. Personal productivity is the key for success of every activist who has limited time for this in order to keep the work-life balance’ (Effective Activism Fellow, Bulgaria)
The Fellowship Program in 2015 will offer the following to potential candidates:
financial support (as this is a full-time fellowship we provide financial support for one year which includes costs of living and a small travel budget)
networking opportunities (major part of this fellowships is creating links between activists, but also with different OSF programs and offices, as well as with OSF grantees)
capacity building trainings (variety of possible trainings; from social media trainings to storytelling)
· visibility (possibility to amplify the work of our fellows)
Eligible countries for 2015: Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary
Profiles of the potential fellows: grassroots activists, dedicated to achieve social change in their countries, reaching wider constituencies, using novel, innovative methods, in line with open society values, committed to work in their communities/countries (fellows should remain in their countries for the duration of the fellowship), proven record of activist experience in their countries
In order to apply for the fellowship please send these 2 documents:
Biography/record of your activist experience (please provide a short biography which includes a list of your previous activities, initiatives or projects, that testify to your activist experience)
Project proposal (see the attached application form)
Fellowships should start in 2015 and should last 12 months in length. Applicants will receive confirmation that their application has been received and will be informed of the next steps by email. While OSIFE will endeavor to communicate its decisions as quickly as possible, please bear in mind that the process of review of the proposal, decision making and contracting can take two or three months. A Selection Committee will review the proposals and reach a consensus on the strongest applications. Three applicants will be selected for 2015.
Please note that all selected Fellows will be required to provide an interim and final report detailing their project’s outcomes, main achievements and what they would do differently. As an informative tool for OSIFE, individuals will be asked to provide a short summary of their experience and impressions about this initiative within the final report. Specific requirements will be further clarified at the moment of approval.
Deadline for applications is September 4th, 2015. Please send your proposals to email@example.com.
In case you have additional questions feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org