WILPF Women, Peace and Security Fellowships

Apply for a WILPF Women, Peace and Security Fellowship

Description

The Women, Peace and Security Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) offers fellowships for the period of 4-6 months through our New York City UN office. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this opportunity is remote for the foreseeable future.

The fellow will work closely with WILPF staff on monitoring, research and communications support on Women, Peace and Security issues in New York. The fellow will monitor Security Council debates and UN events, research and draft policy analysis, and support programme communications (including email and social media). 

This competitive fellowship is primarily aimed at individuals early in their careers who are interested in women, peace and security issues related to disarmament and women’s human rights. The experience offers an opportunity to research and write about women, peace and conflict issues and gain experience with a non-governmental organisation.

The fellowship requires a person with good communication skills, initiative, creativity, flexibility, a high level of organisation, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and commitment to WILPF’s mission, while maintaining WILPF’s high professional standards. This opportunity carries a stipend.

 

Opportunities

WILPF generally hires fellows to join the NY WPS team during three different periods annually: January-May, May-August, and September-December. We accept rolling applications for all of these periods and typically review applications a month and a half in advance.

**We will next be hiring for an fellow to start in summer 2021 for a remote position**

 

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in working for a feminist, anti-militarist organisation and dedication to intersectional feminist values;

  • Knowledge  or strong interest in issues related to women, peace and security and conflict prevention, including but not limited to militarism, sexual violence in conflict, women’s participation in political and peace-related decision-making;

  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate programme (e.g., MA, MS, JD, LLM, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in fields such as international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, and gender studies or has comparable related experiences in this area;

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and attention to detail;

  • Working knowledge of traditional media, event planning, and social media;

  • Ability to speak additional languages (especially Arabic, French, or Spanish) is an added bonus, but not required.

As a feminist, anti-militarist membership organisation, WILPF is dedicated to building a global movement in the pursuit of peace and the fulfilment of human rights. We welcome applications from people of colour, feminists from the Global South, LGBTQI+ people, individuals from conflict-affected and diaspora communities, and people with disabilities. We believe that experience comes in many different forms, and also encourage individuals who may not meet all of the listed qualifications to apply if they feel that they would be a good fit for the fellowship.

 

Expectations

The fellow should have the ability to commit to 4 full days per week with the WILPF UN office (or remotely dependent on the COVID-19 guidelines). The fellow’s work will be guided by the Programme Manager.

 

How to Apply

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants should submit the following in ONE SINGLE document

  • One or two-page resume, indicating education, relevant past activities and experience;

  • Cover Letter (one page, single-spaced), indicating your preferred start and end date;

  • Two References, including names and contact information and/or a letter of recommendation from an academic or field professional;

  • Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages), preferably addressing an issue related to women, peace and security, conflict prevention, or human rights, that demonstrates ability to write in short, clear and concrete language (may be an excerpt of longer work);

 

Submission Instructions:

  • The subject of the email should be: “[Last Name, First Name] WILPF WPS Fellowship Application”

  • All documents should be combined into ONE (1) SINGLE document ( PDF or DOCX file). 

  • Please send your application to peacewomen@wilpf.org.

Due to the volume of applications, we request no phone calls please. We will reach out to short-listed candidates directly.

Current and Former PeaceWomen Interns and Fellows
2021

Phesheya Nxumalo is the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Fellow at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She holds a Master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations in International Relations from Brown University. At LSE, Phesheya focused on critical and feminist approaches to international relations with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Her dissertation analysed how the Islamic Feminist Movement in the MENA region challenged the gender conservative ideology of the Islamic juristic tradition and the state. Through post-structural feminist modes of inquiry, Phesheya demonstrated the movement's resilience in advocating for gender justice through a religious paradigm.

Her previous professional experiences have focused on gender and social inclusion projects related to empowerment, access, and inclusion. Professionally she hopes to play a key role in developing recommendations for cross-cutting international policy/development issues. In the immediate future, Phesheya is looking for meaningful experiences that combine her interest in critical approaches to gender and development. Interning with WILPF has been the ideal opportunity to combine these interests and apply them to the meaningful work being done with the WPS programme.

2020

  • Gayathri Nagasubramaniam - Fellow (Summer, Fall)
  • Dani Philipson - Fellow (Winter/Spring)
2019

  • Senem Kaptan - Fellow (Fall, Winter)
  • Sarah Kenny Werner - Fellow (Spring, Summer)
2018

  • Ines Boussebaa - Fellow (Winter, Spring, Summer)
  • Ijechi Nwaozuzu - Fellow (Winter, Spring)
  • Colleen Bromberger - Fellow (Summer, Fall)
  • Mikayla Varunok - Fellow (Summer, Fall)
  • Eleanor Bennett - Fellow (Summer, Fall)
2017

  • Nela Abey - Fellow (Winter/Spring)
  • Sarah Tunnell - Fellow (Winter, Spring)
  • Alexandra Rojas - Fellow (Spring/Summer/Fall)
  • Anne Lescure - Fellow (Summer/Fall)
  • Ines Boussebaa - Fellow (Summer/Fall)
  • Anwar Mhajne - Fellow (Summer/Fall)
2016

  • Nela Abey - Fellow (Spring/Fall)
  • Marta Bautista Forcada - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Madison Chapman - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Naimah Hakim - Fellow (Fall/Winter)
  • Farida Ismail - Fellow (Fall/Winter)
  • Marina Kumskova - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Joanna Lockspeiser - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Anna Warrington - Fellow (Fall/Winter)
  • Lyna Zaim - Fellow (Spring)
  • Sarah Tunnell - Fellow (Summer/Fall)
2015

  • Federica Dall'Arche - Fellow (Fall/Spring 2016)
  • Ghazal Rahmanpanah - Fellow (Spring/Summer)
  • Marta Bautista Forcada (Fall/Winter)
  • Charlette Lopez (Fall/Winter)
  • Cynthia Sularz (Summer/Fall)
  • Blythe Brauer (Summer/Fall)
  • Cristel Taveras (Summer/Fall)
  • Manar Marouf (Summer)
  • Prachi Rao (Spring)
  • Madhuri Sastry (Winter/Spring)
  • Andrea Gordillo (Winter/Spring)
  • Aleah N. Ranjitsingh (Winter/Spring)
  • Laila Kadieva (Winter)
2014

  • Zainab Alam - Fellow (Fall/Winter 2015)
  • Joann Lee (Fall)
  • Alexandra Raymond (Fall)
  • Kristina Johansson (Fall)
  • Tim Rodriguez (Summer)
  • Sarah Hammond (Summer)
  • Sara Malamud (Summer)
  • Shafferan Sonneveld (Winter/Spring)
  • Julie Choi (Winter/Spring)
  • Cristina Chahine (Winter/Spring)
  • Sandra Neuman (Winter)
2013

  • Paulina Jakubec (Fall)
  • Cinthia Isla (Fall)
  • Jalane Jote (Fall)
  • Ayshna Rajbhandary (Fall)
  • Isma Aslam (Summer/Fall)
  • Mari Haraldsson (Summer)
  • Inna Babakulieva (Summer)
  • Margaret Ruiz (Spring)
  • Ester Harrius (Spring)
2012

  • Ariel Mekler (Fall)
  • Sharna de Lacy (Fall)
  • Sofie Säterhall (Fall)
  • Allison Chandler (Spring/Summer)
  • Annette Wallgren (Summer)
  • Brianna Martin (Summer)
  • Dominique Lardner (Summer 2011-Spring)
  • Leonore Tjia (Spring)
  • Rebecca Leon (Winter/Spring)
  • Fiona McAlpine (Winter)
  • Grace Jennings-Edquist (Winter)
2011

  • Kelsey Collidge (Fall)
  • Rebecca Paulsson (Fall)
  • Leila Brollosy (Summer)
  • Annie Hylton (Spring/Summer)
  • Aziz Rahman Popal (Summer)
  • Mriganka Lulla (Summer)
  • Stephanie Bloom (Fall 2010-Spring)
  • Isabelle Cutting (Summer 2010-Spring)
  • Barbara Gonzalez (Winter/Spring)
  • Nicole Bianchi (Winter)
2010

  • Michelle Reyf (Fall 2010, Winter 2010)
  • Miruna Bucurescu (Fall 2010, Winter 2010)
  • Melissa Jaworowski (Fall 2010)
  • Karin Friedrich (Summer 2010)
  • Anna- Moller Loswick (Summer)
  • Sasha Sleiman (Summer)
  • Rachel LaForgia (Summer)
  • Rachel Kean (Summer)
  • Caitlin Deighan (Summer)
  • Nicole Weitzner (Summer)
  • Rubai Aurora (Spring)
  • Emily Meyer (Spring)
  • Rachel Reyes (Spring)
  • Rai Sow (Spring)
  • Sarah Ochs (Fall 2009-Spring)
2009

  • Tanya Quigley (Summer/Fall)
  • Hali Thurber (Summer)
  • Clara Donadello (Spring)
  • Stephanie Thogersen (Spring)