Global Women's Water Initiative (GWWI) Fellowship
Call for Applications
Deadline March 18, 2011
The Global Women's Water Initiative is a program of Women's Earth Alliance, providing training and seed funding for African women leaders to implement appropriate water technologies, build economic livelihoods, and enhance leadership skills so they can improve their communities' health, self-reliance, and resilience to climate change.
GWWI seeks women graduate students and development professionals from around the globe who are seeking holistic and hands-on training in international development, WASH-related education and appropriate technology. Through a competitive application process, GWWI Fellows will be selected to work directly with African women trainers on community-based water projects. Ideal candidates are enrolled or have completed graduate programs in related fields, such as international development, public health, water and sanitation, or environmental engineering and have experience working in the Global South.
GWWI Fellows commit to one or two summers where they will participate in trainings and assist grassroots women leaders in their local communities to implement water and/or sanitation projects. Following their summer in Uganda, GWWI fellows will then commit to a nine-month term of service as ambassadors of the program in their communities and will serve as global peers for participants of the Grassroots Training in Uganda.
The Woman's Earth Alliance 2011 GWWI Fellows will engage in a hands-on summer program where they will attend two trainings in Uganda:
1) The Advanced Training. Fellows will learn a holistic set of technology, livelihood, leadership, and facilitation skills related to WASH directly from African women trainers. This 2-year training for African women leaders and 1-year training for Fellows will prepare Fellows to support Grassroots Training Graduates to implement WASH solutions in communities and organizations across Africa.
2) The Grassroots Training. Immediately following the Advanced Training, the Fellows will support 15 teams of emerging African women leaders where they will learn WASH technologies and concepts and receive seed grants to launch self-reliant water projects in their communities. Fellows will assist the trainers and act as global peers for grassroots women participants. As global peers, Fellows will be matched with grassroots women teams to provide personalized support during the training and throughout the year, following the summer program. GWWI fellows and grassroots women teams will keep in touch via skpye and email.
Immediately following both summer trainings, GWWI Fellows will travel and train alongside the African Advanced Trainers for the remainder of the summer, conducting customized refresher trainings for grassroots women graduates. Additionally, they will travel to some of the previous Grassroots Graduate projects to conduct monitoring and evaluation site visits. This exposure will give participants hands-on experience that will enable them to develop a realistic perspective when designing and implementing future community development programs throughout their careers.
We invite women to apply who fit the following criteria:
- Currently or previously enrolled in a graduate program related to: international development, public health, environmental engineering, women's studies, water and sanitation
- Experience living or working abroad
- Able to commit to a one or two-year Fellowship program
- Interest in experiencing grassroots, community-led development
- Seeking to hone skills in project implementation
- Interest in gaining advanced training in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices/education
- Seeking hands-on experience in preparation for, or enhancement of, a career in international development
- Seeking to be a part of an global team of a dynamic, diverse, and driven women working together to create thriving communities and environments for generations to come
- $3500: This cost includes the cost of in-country housing, travel, meals, and visas (not including airfare to Uganda)
- WEA is available to support fund-raising and offer tips for students or professionals
Want to Learn More? Check out the 2011 Concept Paper: