Fellows in Residence Program – a one year, paid fellowship for emerging social change leaders

Fellows in Residence will serve as key designers of Peace First programs, and support fundraising efforts by sharing their stories and the stories of other changemakers, the work they are leading on the ground and what they are learning from young people leading change to deepen the connections donors have to Peace First and young people. They will also support communications and storytelling efforts helping amplify the voices of the young people from their regions on all Peace First platforms. The Fellow in Residence, a paid, one year fellowship program with Peace First, is an unparalleled opportunity to build your skills and networks as an emerging leader – and set you up for a career of lifelong leadership for social change.

  • Build a diverse skill set: In your day to day work, you’ll hone your skills at program design, facilitation and training, grant making, organizing, storytelling and more. Fellows in Residence will also have opportunities to interact with and learn about the other operational areas of a global nonprofit and regularly meet with and work alongside members of the senior team.
  • Build a network: As the lead ambassador for Peace First in your region, you’ll work to build visibility and credibility by creating a broad and deep partner network – and, in the process, build your own network of peers and mentors.
  • Access support and coaching: The Senior Program Manager will be a constant source of support and feedback, and Fellows in Residence will have regular touch points with the Director of the Programs, the Founder & CEO and other senior leaders of the Peace First team. Peace First will match each Fellow in Residence with a mentor, who you’ll meet with biweekly to support your personal and professional growth.
  • Professional development stipend: Peace First will offer a professional development stipend to help you access opportunities from conferences to continuing education.
  • Community of practice: They have structured the fellowship as a community of practice – meaning that your fellow Fellows in Residence are a source of learning and support. Through in person retreats and constant virtual communication, Fellows in Residence will build a tight-knit community, offering a space for you to work through challenges, share joys, process frustrations, brainstorm new ideas, learn new things and feel supported, valued and championed.


  • Peace First will offer Fellows dedicated professional development support, including mentorship and a $1,000 USD fund for professional development expenses.
  • Peace First will also provide an additional $80USD/month stipend for tech and internet expenses. Fellows may elect to use their own laptop or a Peace First-provided one. Peace First will also cover all of the Fellows’ travel expenses.

Along with your team of Fellows in Residence, supported by the Senior Program Manager, Fellows in Residence and the Program Design and Quality team, you will lead the implementation of Peace First programs and help young people around the world start and lead thousands of changemaking projects. You’ll support them to generate new and innovative ideas to social problems, create impact in their community and change the way the world sees young people. While no two weeks will look the same, here are the things you can expect to be doing on a regular basis:

  • Inspire: Lead efforts to activate young people in your assigned region to join the changemaking community and start a changemaking project, with a focus on activating young people who may not otherwise have the resources and opportunities to do changemaking work.
  • Support: Facilitate young people’s progress through the Peace First Challenge, providing feedback, support and encouragement to young people as they design and carry out peacemaking projects, including approving & processing mini grants, working to meet ambitious goals for project completion, quality and impact within your assigned region. This will be the most significant area of work for all Fellows, and will take place predominantly online through the PeaceFirst.Org digital platform.
  • Connect: Lead community management efforts on PeaceFirst.Org, implementing community management protocols and upholding the community norms to build relationships and connections between changemakers and ensure safeguarding of all users.
  • Coach: Plan and facilitate workshops and trainings that support young people to launch, lead and scale changemaking projects, both in person and online from the Peace First Labs that help young people start projects, to the Peace First Accelerators that help young people who have completed projects take them to scale, to workshops that young people through the different stages of creation.
  • Curate: Lead the selection processes for the Peace First Accelerators, when available, and Peace First Fellowship, and identify stories of change to be shared through Peace First’s storytelling initiatives.
  • Partner: Raise the visibility and credibility of Peace First in your region by building partnerships and relationships with key youth-serving organizations, governments and influencers, managing a small budget for region-specific work.
  • Engage: Represent the youth community and program team in conversations with funders and campaign partners.
  • Design: Serve as lead designers for Peace First’s platform and programs, providing feedback and insights to inform continued development of tools, resources and supports for young people, and participating in other organizational design and decision making processes as needed.
  • Amplify: Work closely with the communications team to curate, identify and amplify stories of young people leading social change in your region. Some of the activities you will engage in include storytelling workshops, hosting monthly live streams, contributing to the social media content calendar with local content and translations and helping to design online recruitment campaigns and community events.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Under 26 years old on June 1, 2021.
  • Based in Asia.
  • Fluent in English. Fluency or proficiency in Nepali and Hindi is highly desirable as well. 
  • Have reliable access to a fast, stable internet connection (assuming the cost of internet access is covered).
  • Able to commit to at least one year as a Fellow in Residence, beginning August 2021.
  • Hold a valid passport and are able to travel. 

For more information, visit Peace First.

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