Become a New Voices Fellow

Become a New Voices Fellow

Deadline: November 1, 2015

The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion! This Fellowship is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and it offers development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.

The program will help Fellows to sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of media platforms – illuminating crucial grassroots perspectives for a broad worldwide audience.

Fellows can be drawn from a variety of development disciplines, ranging from public health and education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, sanitation and community activism.  Ideal candidates are experts in their fields who have a deep understanding of broad development challenges and a passion for communicating their views.


  • This is open to anyone from the developing world
  • Candidates for the Fellowship are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience.
  • Please note, this is not a fellowship for journalists or others trained and working in communications.

Covered Costs

All expenses related to the fellowship are paid, including certain media-related travel costs.

How to Apply
The Fellowship is open by nomination only.
  • Ask someone to nominate you. This person could be a mentor, supervisor or professor. [Nomination form]
  • Nominations will be reviewed. If you pass through the first round, you will be invited to submit an application. This application involves two essays and a series of questions.
  • Once the New Voices team has reviewed applications, finalists will be invited to participate in an interview via Skype or phone.

For more information, visit Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship