HUMANGLE ACCOUNTABILITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME (JUN. TO DEC., 2023)
Before going through the requirements and applying, please take some time to go through the frequently asked questions and answers.
“What’s the HumAngle accountability fellowship about?”
It is a six-month programme where successful fellows are selected on the strength of their self-designed projects or proposals. The fellowship provides resources, training, and mentorship to develop the project to the implementation stage.
The self-designed projects or research proposals by the applicants must fall within the following thematic areas within Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states —
- Accountability in the security and humanitarian sectors
- Climate security
- Sexual and gender-based violence
- Transitional justice
“What will I be required to do as a fellow?”
As a fellow, you can conduct investigations and write stories, carry out advocacy projects at the grassroots, or conduct research of your choice within HumAngle’s niche. You can also do all of these activities if you can within the timeframe of the fellowship.
“What makes an application stand out?”
Your application should include a personal essay and a self-designed project essay or research proposal within the thematic focus of the programme. An exceptional applicant’s submission is expected to be specific and concise, show a good command of English, and establish a clear-cut plan on how they intend to carry out their activities.
“Can I apply if I live outside the Borno, Adamawa or Yobe region?”
Yes, but note that HumAngle will not be liable to bear any relocation expenses if the applicant is selected.
“Can I change my application after submitting it?”
Yes, you can change your submission before the application deadline. However, there is no chance for anyone to change their project after the application deadline.
“Do I have to be aged between 22 and 30?”
Yes. We will, however, consider applicants outside the age group if their applications are exceptional.
“Can I apply if I am fully employed?”
Yes, but we require a letter from your employer stating that you will be allowed to participate fully in the intense six months fellowship programme.
“Can I speak to a team member to seek clarification?”
Yes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Will fellows be entitled to payment?”
Yes, each fellow will receive a monthly stipend until the end of the fellowship. The stipend covers expenses related to fieldwork and assignments during the programme. Please note that the amount is subject to terms and conditions, with HumAngle reserving the right to adjust the figure depending on the circumstances.
In addition to preparing the fellows to develop their respective projects, HumAngle may consider partnering with them, especially on projects with tremendous public interest value.
About The Fellowship
Before completing the application, you should read the instructions carefully and understand the criteria.
The HumAngle Accountability Fellowship is a merit-based professional programme that prepares young people at the start of their careers to develop self-designed projects around accountability in the security and humanitarian sectors, climate security, education, sexual and gender-based violence, and transitional justice. It enables the fellows to make informed career choices and cultivate emerging leaders and change-makers.
The HumAngle Foundation manages the fellowship programme through a merit-based and competitive application process. The programme aims to identify exceptional young men and women passionate about professionally implementing and advancing their self-designed projects.
We are seeking nine (9) young, passionate individuals from these areas to undergo a 6-month programme with us. Fellows must be interested in either investigation and storytelling, advocacy at the grassroots, and conducting ground-breaking research or all of the above. We will select fellows from all senatorial districts in the three states. They will undergo training in the following thematic focus areas:
- Accountability and whistleblowing at the grassroots level.
- Tracking of funding activities in the humanitarian and security sectors.
- The prevalence of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and how to track and report cases.
- The impact of climate change on vulnerable populations and mitigation efforts.
- Tracking and reporting access to education.
- Transitional justice in peacebuilding.
The fellows will also double as Investigative Champions. They will go through an intense mentorship programme virtually and physically in their respective state capitals and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to begin implementing their self-designed projects.
The fellowship programme runs twice a year, each cohort for six months.
- Applicants must be indigenes of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe and will be required to carry out their assignments in the senatorial districts of their projects.
- Applicants must be aged between 22 and 30.
- Applicants must possess at least a Diploma degree.
- Applicants must demonstrate passion in the thematic areas and show a track record of work.
- Applicants should be residents in their place of assignment; otherwise, they should be willing to relocate at their own expense.
- Applicants must be familiar with the region if they do not reside there.
- Women are strongly encouraged to apply for this fellowship.
- Applicants must send a 250-word personal essay alongside a 500-word self-designed project essay. The essay should state why the applicant is interested in the fellowship and what they expect to gain from it. The project essay must clearly outline how the applicant intends to carry out the activities and why the project is important to the community. The project essay title should indicate the thematic area under which the project falls.
- The application requires two letters of recommendation and a resume.
- Fellows will receive monthly training and mentorship from industry leaders while they begin to test the viability of their respective projects in the field.
- Fellows will be provided with a monthly stipend to support their fieldwork and cover the cost of transportation and data/communication.
- Fellows become freelancers for HumAngle after the duration of the fellowship, if they wish, and will be paid in that capacity each time their work is published.
- Fellows will be awarded certificates at the end of the fellowship.
- Fellows will be provided with wider professional networks to pursue their goals.
- Fellows will have monthly conversations with exceptional individuals who have excelled in their careers.
- Fellows will get referrals from HumAngle for a wide range of opportunities, and outstanding fellows will be invited as facilitators for subsequent cohorts.
- Fellows who contribute articles and reports and do so diligently and professionally may be considered for a full-time or part-time role in HumAngle newsroom.
- Fellows must be of good moral character and must not have a record of criminal misconduct.
- Fellows must not miss any training schedule or fail to submit a monthly report detailing their activities without informing the facilitators to give them a grace period.
- Fellows must ensure that their self-designed projects are their original ideas.
- Fellows must have good knowledge of the project and the environment in which the project will be implemented.
- Fellows must undertake step-down training in their respective communities and continue their work on accountability after the programme.
Please note that any applicant that does not meet all of the listed criteria and does not fill out the application according to the instructions will be automatically disqualified.
The deadline for applications is June 2, 2023.
If you are shortlisted, you will be notified on the 12th of June and invited to participate in an individual or group interview the following week.
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