Deadline: November 15, 2021
Applications are open for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) Resilience Fellowship 2022. The Fellowship is part of the GI-TOC’s flagship Resilience Fund, which provides grants and support to civil society individuals and organizations working to counter the impacts of criminal governance and violence across the world.
The first edition of the Fellowship in 2020 provided support and networking opportunities to a cohort of 10 individuals from around the world on the chosen theme of disappearances related to organized crime.
In 2022, the Resilience Fellowship theme will focus on environmental crime. Fellows will use their diverse perspectives to collaborate on a range of outputs based around this theme. They will also raise awareness on the importance of countering environmental crime as Resilience Fund Ambassadors.
The Resilience Fellowship is based on a three-pronged approach:
- Sponsorship: Providing financial support so that Fellows will have the time and resources to carry out their individual work and a collaborative project. Grants of US$15,000 per Fellow will be awarded for one year.
- Networking: Offering mentorship opportunities with experts from the GI-TOC, as well as bringing Fellows together to begin a collaborative project to be undertaken during their Fellowship year.
- Dissemination: Creating opportunities for Fellows to publicly share their work and ideas – through platforms such as conferences, civil society forums and national and international publications, which will expand public discourse, deepen engagement with society, and invite the support and participation from the general public and, ultimately, policymakers.
- Applicants should have a background in any of the following fields: journalism and media; activism; advocacy and community mobilization; the creative arts (artists, writers, filmmakers and others); community leaders (religious, cultural, youth leaders); academia (researchers and scholars), and the public sector (policymakers). Individuals from other disciplines will be considered if their work is relevant to the Fellowship’s objectives and the annual theme.
- The Fellowship welcomes applications from people of any gender, ethnicity, age, religion or any other defining factor, who work in communities affected by organized crime. The overall make-up of the 10 Fellows will be diverse and will reflect an equitable geographic and gender balance.
- Participants should be from countries disproportionately affected by organized crime and/or from least developed countries.
- Participants should ideally work closely within communities severely affected by environmental crime, or have strong ties within them, and should have ongoing or established projects or engagement. The cross-border nature of issues relating to organized crime allows applicants working within a wider, non-geographic community to be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no requirement that the Fellow live in the community concerned.
- Participants should be able to demonstrate how the funding and support will be used.
- Participants who have direct experience in their communities’ issues, related to the annual theme, are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Participants must be fluent in at least one of these three languages: Spanish, English or French.
- Participants’ prior work should demonstrate a commitment to the ethics and values of the Resilience Fund.
Interested parties must submit an application through the online form. This form contains a set of questions where you should highlight the following information:
- A description of who you are: your personal details (such as name, nationality, date of birth, etc.) and your work linked to the Fellowship’s theme, environmental crime.
- Your motivation:
- How has organized crime affected your community? (With emphasis on this year’s theme.)
- What does resilience mean to you?
- What have you done to encourage resilience in your community or the community you have been working with?
- What specific problem would you like to help solve in relation to the theme of this Fellowship?
- What actions would you implement with the Fellowship? Identify clear specifications. If you have received other grants or fellowships, please specify which ones and explain the coordination mechanisms you will use to comply with all of them.
- Why do you believe you are a good candidate for this Fellowship?
- An outline of the work you have done so far, including links mentioning your work (such as news clippings, videos, documents, publications, etc.).
For more information, visit GI-TOC Resilience Fellowship.