Vital Voices’ 2015 VVLead Fellowship Program for Women Leaders

Vital Voices’ 2015 VVLead Fellowship Program for Women Leaders

Deadline: November 23, 2014

Vital Voices seeks applications for the 2015 VVLead Fellowship Program from women leaders. The program supports a global network of emerging and established women leaders who provide unusual and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impeded women and girls’ progress to participate fully in society and the economy.

Recognizing that in order to advance the causes of women, women themselves must connect with, empower, equip and inspire one another at all levels of society, Vital Voices — with funding support provided by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) — is committed to helping create a unified response, not just from women’s rights activists and sectoral experts, but also from a wide range of professionals and practitioners across fields and methodologies.

The VVLead Fellowship Program offers participants unique opportunities to exchange information, obtain resources and tools, mentor and be mentored and receive vital training over the course of three years through offerings tailored to meet their needs, goals and objectives.


The fellowship is open to women leaders who are committed to tackling issues related to economic disparities, violence against women and harmful cultural practices — with particular focus on forced/early marriage — in order to create a more prosperous and secure world. Knowing that this work will take many forms, leaders may be engaged in this change through work in a variety of fields including business, non-profit/non-governmental organization, public office/government (elected or appointed), advocacy initiative or community-based organization.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • 20 years or older;
  • living and working for change in a developing country;
  • able to demonstrate vision, strategy and high-impact;
  • and actively committed to the progress of their cause on a full-time basis.

All programming and coursework is conducted in English and participants are thus expected to be proficient in the language. Additionally, all Fellows are required to have regular internet access to actively participate in the online portion of the program.

(Note: Women leaders whose primary citizenship is the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore or an EU nation are not eligible to apply.)

How to Apply

To apply for the VVLead Fellowship Program, please visit: The
application process should take between two and three hours to complete.

For more information, visit the VVLead Fellowship Program.