Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship 2018 (fully-funded)

Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship 2018 (fully-funded)

Deadline: Ongoing

Nominations are open for the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship 2018. The Fellowship is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals 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.

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. While the fellowship is non-resident and not full-time, it does require a significant and sustained time commitment as fellows write opinion articles, participate in interviews with local and international media, and speak at international conferences.

Aspen Institute holds two major meetings during the fellowship year, where you will be expected to travel and take part in intensive media training. These are usually each about 5 days long. In addition, most fellows estimate spending about 5 hours per week working on fellowship-related activities, including meeting with their mentors, taking part in interviews, and writing opinion pieces.


  • Organisers pay all expenses for the fellowship, and often provide funds for Fellows to participate in media-related activities and conferences.


  • Open to candidates from any developing country;
  • There is no age limit to this fellowship;
  • They are looking for people
    • with big ideas, who have a proven track record of implementing them;
    • with strong personal stories and the ability to think critically about development as it relates to their own experiences;
    • who aren’t shy about sharing their opinions, and have strong potential in writing and public speaking.
  • The Fellowship is open by nomination only. Self nomination is not allowed.


  • Ask someone to nominate you. This person could be a mentor, supervisor or professor. This person should know you and your work well;
  • Your nomination will be reviewed. If you pass through the first round, organisers will be in touch with you directly, asking you to submit an application. This application involves two essays and a series of questions;
  • Once the New Voices team has reviewed applications, they will ask a small group of finalists to participate in an interview via Skype or phone. From this group, they will choose the final class of Fellows.

For more information, visit Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship.