Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program

Deadline: 12 December 2011
Open to: Everybody who is working actively in the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law
Fellowship: Stanford will pay travel, accommodation, living expenses, and visa costs for the duration of the three-week program for a certain portion of applicants

Description

The Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program  is a three-week executive education program that is hosted annually at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The program brings together a group of 25-30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from transitioning countries. This training program provides a unique forum for emerging leaders to connect, exchange experiences, and receive academic training to enrich their knowledge and advance their work.For three weeks during the summer, fellows participate in academic seminars that expose them to the theory and practice of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Delivered by leading Stanford faculty from the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the Departments of Economics and Political Science, these seminars allow emerging leaders to explore new institutional models and frameworks to enhance their ability to promote democratic change in their home countries.The program’s all-volunteer interdisciplinary faculty includes leading political scientists, lawyers, and economists, pioneering innovative research and analysis in the fields of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Faculty engage the fellows to test their theories, exchange ideas and learn first-hand about the challenges activists face in places where democracy is at threat. They anticipate recruiting a group of 25-30 individuals dedicated to democracy, development and rule of law promotion within their home countries (particularly in, but not limited to, the regions of the Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and former Soviet Union).

Eligibility

  • Applicants can be working as policymakers, 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),
  • applicants should play important and influential roles in their country’s political, economic, and social development,
  • a working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program.

Fellowship

Stanford will pay travel, accommodation, living expenses, and visa costs for the duration of the three-week program for a certain portion of applicants. Participants will be housed on the Stanford campus in residential housing during the program. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to supply some or all of their own funding from their current employers or international nongovernmental organizations.

Application

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae:

Please prepare a resume or curriculum vitae to attach to your application through the applynet system. The resume should list your education, including all degrees earned, professional experience (with your most recent position listed first), awards and honors, and publications (if applicable). Your resume or curriculum vitae should be formatted in MS Word Document (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf) to successfully upload it to the applynet system.The document should be a minimum of one page and no longer than three pages in length.
Work experience and achievements:
1) Current Position: In approximately 150 words, describe your current position and overall responsibilities.
2) Major Professional Achievements: In approximately 150 words, describe your professional and academic achievements, as well as any community activity or public life accomplishments as they relate to the promotion of democracy, development, and or rule of law.

  • Statement of Purpose:

Your statement should be a minimum of 500 words and should not exceed 1,000 words. Statements that are under 500 words or anything over 1,000 words will not be read:
1. Why you are interested in applying to the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program? In answering this question please highlight how the program will contribute to your professional and/or personal development.
2. Please explain how your work relates to the areas of democratic advancement, economic development, or the rule of law in your country. How will the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program enhance your knowledge and work in these areas?
3. In applying to the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program, please describe your goals and expectations of the program. How will your participation contribute to the learning process of the program?
4. Have you participated in academic or professional fellowship programs in the past? If so, which ones and how is this fellowship different?

  • Two (minimum) or three (maximum) Letters of Recommendation

Fellowship Coordinator
Audrey McGowan
CDDRL
Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 736-4277 (voice)
(650) 724-2996 (fax)
[email protected]

 

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