Application Deadline: January 6, 2017
The Insight Fellowship Program was created in 2005 to foster a community of global-minded individuals prepared to manage conflict effectively and contribute to their local, national, and international communities. The Insight philosophy is that the ability to make positive contributions is a function of the quality of one’s communication skills, capacity for empathy, and self-understanding. To promote these qualities, one-year Insight Fellowships are awarded.
Applications and placements are shaped by the Insight Fellowship Guidelines, which encourage original and reflective thinking, innovative approaches to managing conflict, exposure to other cultures and customs, cultivation of entrepreneurship and leadership, volunteering for the benefit of under served populations, and the development of a compassionate disposition toward the world. The Fellowship includes a $25,000 USD expense allowance to support multiple placements totaling one year, typically in three to four month blocks. Each Fellow is required to repay the amount of the $25,000 allowance used through individual fund raising efforts, regenerating the funds to ensure support for the next Fellow.
This “pay forward” approach instills the values of sustainability and non-profit entrepreneurship. The first three-month placement is at the Concord, Massachusetts offices of Insight Collaborative and its affiliate, Insight Partners. During this tenure in Concord, Fellows advance their understanding of the theory and practice of effective negotiation, communication, and mediation; meet pivotal figures in the field; attend workshops; receive personalized coaching; and see first-hand how international conflict management professionals operate in the academic, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.
The subsequent nine months are divided into three foreign placements proposed and arranged by the Fellow. Placements are approved by Insight Collaborative on the basis of safety and the extent to which they meet the Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
Each applicant must be:
(1) a graduate of an accredited college or university or in good standing to graduate prior to the start of the Fellowship;
(2) fluent in English;
(3) available and committed to serving 12 consecutive months from the start of the Fellowship; and
(4) dedicated to fulfilling the purposes of the Fellowship Program and to prioritizing the Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
Each Fellow must design a series of placements approved by Insight Collaborative. Although placements are identifi ed and secured with the support of Insight Collaborative and its affiliates, Fellows are expected to take primary responsibility for researching and negotiating their placements. Placements are evaluated on the degree to which they meet the Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
The first placement is a three-month internship with Insight Collaborative and Insight Partners in historic Concord, Massachusetts, starting on or about June 1. While in Concord, Fellows will:
1. Finalize placements and complete travel arrangements.
2. Study conflict management by observing and, when appropriate, by participating in workshops, classes, mediations, and other Insight activities coinciding with their placement.
3. Volunteer to support local conflict management organizations (past examples include Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and Boston-area non-profit mediation organizations).
4. Focus on self-development through coaching from Insight consultants and by participation in Boston-area activities (past examples include SCUBA certification and language lessons).
5. Do the primary work necessary to fulfill their obligations to future Fellows by writing grants and otherwise supporting the Program’s fundraising efforts.
Fellows are expected to spend the subsequent nine months living and working in countries other then the United States and their home country. These foreign placements are proposed and arranged by the Fellow.
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