The Generation Change Fellows Program (GCFP) aims to help civically engaged youth leaders develop their ability as peacebuilders in their communities. The two-year Fellowship provides participants with the additional skills, knowledge, support, and resources they need to increase their resilience as peacebuilders and civic leaders, manage conflict at a local level, and increase the effectiveness of their peacebuilding programs by providing training in effective leadership, conflict management, and prejudice awareness and reduction; providing online courses and other resources; and fostering a global learning community.
In order for these emerging leaders to build their resilience and have a bigger influence on their individual communities, the five-day program will provide training in effective leadership, conflict management, and bias awareness and reduction. The program will provide a secure environment for participants to exchange ideas, learn new skills, engage in constructive conversations, and get a greater understanding of conflict resolution, particularly as it pertains to their own country. Participants will also get the opportunity to meet professionals in the domains of leadership development and conflict resolution.
United States Institute of Peace(USIP): Overview
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an American federal organization dedicated to conflict resolution and prevention around the world. Individuals involved in diplomacy, mediation, and other peace-building methods can benefit from its study, analysis, and training.
The USIP was formed in 1984 by Congressional legislation signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, following years of requests for a national “peace academy.” To avoid outside influence, it is nominally nonpartisan and independent, getting funding only from congressional appropriations.
The Institute’s headquarters are in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C., near the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the northwest corner of the National Mall. Since its founding, it has trained over 65,000 professionals and today employs over 300 people.
The USIP Fellows Program’s Goals and Benefits
USIP will cover the costs of travel, housing, meals, and visas for participants.
USIP Generation Change Fellows Program Requirements
- You must be of Nigerian descent.
- Must currently reside in Nigeria and work there.
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
- Ability to read, write, and speak English is required.
- Must have started a peacebuilding group or served in a senior position in a peacebuilding organization for at least three years.
- A willingness to participate and learn from peers and facilitators is required.
- Between April 25 and May 1, 2022, you must be able to travel and completely commit to the program. These dates may change due to COVID-19-related constraints.
- To travel, you must have a valid ID.
Interview date, Venue for USIP
- Application Deadline: Friday, February 18 at 5:00pm Nigeria Time
- Training Location: Abuja, Nigeria
- Training Dates (to be confirmed): April 25-May 1, 2022
Required Documents for the Application
- Use Surveymonkey to submit your written application.
- Upload and upload a scanned copy of your ID as well as an updated curriculum vitae or résumé.
- The deadline for applications is February 18, 2022.
How to Apply
Are you interested and qualified? To apply, go to United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
Visit the USIP website for further information.