Deadline: May 23, 2014
Youth leaders from around the world are invited to apply for the 2014 Hurford Youth Fellows Program in Washington, DC. The program is organised by the World Youth Movement for Democracy and the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Youth leaders from around the world will be considered for three positions throughout the year.
For a period of four months, each fellow will have the opportunity to build his or her leadership and organizational skills and benefit from and contribute to the development of the World Youth Movement.
Specifically, each fellow will engage in the following activities:
- Facilitate online discussions;
- Maintain a weekly blog for the World Youth Movement website;
- Conduct research on topics such as civic education, the role of youth in policy development, and youth activities against corruption;
- Develop online resources, such as a collection of related publications and training materials;
- Write articles for the World Youth Movement newsletter;
- Identify a current, ongoing activity, develop strategies for enhancing its impact, and take the lead in implementing those strategies;
- Take part in planning and implementing other activities of the World Youth Movement; and
- Participate in relevant events and discussions in Washington, D.C., to deepen understanding of issues and build working relationships.
A monthly cost of living stipend and roundtrip airfare will be provided by the Program.
- Applicants interested in the Hurford Youth Fellows Program must be no older than 30 years of age.
- They must demonstrate strong interest in democratic activism and in the advancement of democracy in their respective communities, as well as worldwide.
- Youth affiliated with civil society organizations are especially encouraged to apply.
- Fellows will be selected by the World Youth Movement Secretariat staff at NED, in consultation with the World Youth Movement’s Leadership Board, following an application pro- cess.
- Selection will be based on a set of criteria including demonstrated activism or interest in the ad- vancement of democracy, a desire to network with others, and a clear explanation of how the fellow- ship will benefit their own efforts for advancing democracy.
- Prior to their arrival in the United States, prospective fellows who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States must secure a J-1 exchange visitor visa. The Interna- tional Forum for Democratic Studies consults with incoming fellows concerning their status and as- sists with the documentation needed to obtain visas
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