Newton International Fellowships
The Royal Society (United Kingdom)
Deadline: 16. June 2021 | PhD's degree, Specific Nationality
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship
Microsoft (Regional - MENA)
Deadline: 30. June 2021 | Current Students, Specific Nationality
IBS Young Scientist Fellowship
Institute for Basic Science (South Korea)
Deadline: 30. June 2021 | PhD's degree
Youth4Regions Programme
European Commission (Regional - Europe)
Deadline: 12. July 2021 | Specific Nationality, Specific Groups
IIE-SRF Fellowship
Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (Online)
Deadline: 12. July 2021 | Specific Groups
UN FAO Fellows Program
FAO (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 8. August 2021 | Master's degree, Specific Nationality
IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Students
Leibniz Institute of European History (Germany)
Deadline: 15. August 2021 | Current Students, Specific Groups
AERC PhD Fellowships 2021/2022
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) (Regional - Africa)
Deadline: 31. August 2021 | Master's degree, Specific Nationality
Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund Grant
Cambridge-Africa (Regional - Africa)
Deadline: 3. September 2021 | Specific Nationality, Specific Groups
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (United States)
Deadline: 5. November 2021 | Specific Groups
Atlas Corps Fellowship
Atlas Corps (United States)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Bachelor's degree
Resilience Fellowship
Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Specific Groups, Specific Languages

What are fellowships in humanitarian aid and international development?

Fellowships in humanitarian aid and international development are awarded to students pursuing mostly graduate and postgraduate degrees at various colleges and universities. Fellowships are usually considered as prestigious merit scholarships often awarded to outstanding students.

During a fellowship in humanitarian aid and international development, you will work with humanitarian aid professionals, receive professional mentoring, and enhance your network of connections which will help you in your future career. Furthermore, it will prepare you to pursue a career in international humanitarian relief and development work while building up your skills and gaining some practical field working experience through impactful work.

Who is offering fellowships for humanitarian and development professionals?

Fellowships in humanitarian aid are usually offered by international humanitarian organizations or international development agencies.

International humanitarian organizations work with a purpose of ensuring that humanitarian aid efficiently reaches communities affected by conflicts or natural disasters. These organizations are known for having an expertise and knowledge of local communities and areas providing them with the right relief, especially those are most vulnerable and affected. On the other hand, international development agencies are in charge of distributing aid and development assistance to countries and communities in need.

What are the benefits of fellowships?

Fellowships provide many benefits, including the following:

  • Professional development– During a fellowship program graduate students are provided with extensive professional development opportunities. Amongst others, fellows acquire leadership skills, and learn about grant writing, community organization, and public speaking while participating in conferences and seminars.
  • Practical experience– Completing a fellowship may help you land a good job in the future as many employers consider the fellowship to be on the same level as an entry level experience. Responsibilities that come with a fellowship will help you develop additional skills and gain experience required in your future jobs.
  • Research– If you wish to pursue research in a specific field, then a fellowship might be a good option for you. You will not only gain financial assistance, but also add credibility to your research.
  • Financial support– Fellowship programs are financially supported by a certain company or an organization. Fellows usually receive from $ 10.000 to $ 25.000 for a 9 to 20 month program. The allowance is typically equivalent to a full time job.
  • Additional benefits– Many organizations or companies offering fellowships also offer additional benefits such as housing, travel expenses and health insurance. However, the types of benefits differ from program to program.

What kind of fellowships exist?

There are several different kinds of fellowships. Usually, your academic status will determine what kind of fellowship you should seek. Fellowships are usually divided in the following way:

  • Pre-dissertation fellowships-During this type of fellowship fellows are seen as having a good potential to be a successful graduate student. Research is flexible and it can change within the scope of interest of the organization or an agency funding the fellowship.
  • Dissertation research-This type of fellowship is more available since there are more sources of funding. Research is more specific based on the interests of funders and fellows should set out a clear research plan and demonstrate their ability to complete the proposed research.
  • Dissertation completion- This type of fellowship serves as an assistance to complete the dissertation and is usually awarded as a scholarship to allow fellows to concentrate on completing and defending their dissertation. It is usually restricted to 12 months to complete the dissertation.

What is the difference between a fellowship and an internship?

Rather than focusing on professional experience, fellowships usually focus on academic research and professional development. Unlike an internship which provides an opportunity for a student to gain working experience within a company or an organization, a fellowship emphasizes the completion of some type of project that will help a fellow succeed in his or hers respective field.

Fellows are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree, and, in some cases, even a master’s or a PhD, while interns are usually required to be enrolled in a specific undergraduate program. Internships resemble more like a typical day to day job with hourly wages, while fellowships usually carry an already set stipend. In majority of cases, fellows do not require fellows to work a certain number of hours and compared to interns, fellows acquire more independence working on advanced projects.

Last, but certainly not the least, the application process is different for an internship and a fellowship. Internship applications usually require for students to submit their resumes, a cover letter and references, while fellowship applications require applicants to submit a specific project proposal to complete during the fellowship period.