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Deadline: December 10, 2018 16:59 (GMT-0800)| Apply here
Eligibility: Applicants must be mid-career practitioners and have at least 10 to 12 years of experience in the fields of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Candidates must be from and currently reside in a country where democracy is not well entrenched.
Dates: July 14 - August 2, 2019
Location: Stanford, the United States

Draper Hills Summer Fellowship 2019

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows alumni network includes 350 alumni from 82 developing democracies worldwide.

Their professional backgrounds are as diverse as the problems they confront in their home countries, but the one common feature is their commitment to building sound structures of democracy and development.

The regions of Eurasia, which includes the former Soviet Union and Central Asia, along with Africa, constitute almost half of our alumni network.

Previous Draper Hills Summer Fellows have served as presidential advisors, senators, attorneys general, lawyers, journalists, civic activists, entrepreneurs, judges, think-tank directors, and influential members of the international development community.

The program is highly selective and receives hundreds of applications each year.

Who should apply?

This program is aimed at mid-career practitioners working actively in the fields of democracy, development, and the rule of law.

Applicants can be working as policy-makers, academics, legal professionals, social entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations (such as representatives of trade unions, nongovernmental organizations, the media, business and professional associations).

In their present capacity, applicants should play important and influential roles in their country’s political, economic, and social development.

Selection criteria

Please review the criteria below very carefully before submitting your application to the program. If you do not meet these criteria your application will not be reviewed.

  • This is not an academic fellowship but meant for practitioners only. Draper Hills Summer Fellowship values practical experience over academic credentials, and they admit scholars only to the extent that they are active in government, public policy, civil society, economic development and rule of law. They should hold leadership roles in their respective sector.
  • Applicants must be mid-career practitioners and have at least ten to 12 years of experience to qualify for the fellowship. Those with more experience are much more competitive in the selection process.
  • Candidates must be from and currently reside in a country where democracy is not well entrenched. Candidates residing outside their home country due to war or conflict may be granted exceptions.
  • Applicants will not be accepted from countries such as: the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and member states of the European Union.
  • Candidates must be at least 28 years of age at the start of the fellowship in July 2018. The average age of the fellows at the time of the program is 38.
  • Candidates must be actively working in the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Candidates who are in the midst of full-time university degree programs will not be accepted.
  • Candidates must have a solid command of written and spoken English. All program materials and sessions are in English.
  • Participants will also be required to give 7-minute TED-style talks throughout the three-week program regarding their work and motivation. English language proficiency is very important in order to benefit and contribute to the program dialogue.

Interested in applying for the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship 2019? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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