Apply for the 2024 Resilience Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the launch of the fifth edition of the Resilience Fellowship, which provides a platform for cross-sectoral, global and interdisciplinary collaboration between civil society actors, human rights activists, journalists, artists, scholars, policymakers, grassroots community leaders and others working to counter the effects of organized crime. Deadline: 25 May 2024

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. Established with a grant from the government of Norway, the Resilience Fund is also supported by the governments of Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand and works in partnership with international organizations and NGOs worldwide.

The theme for the Fellowship’s first edition, in 2020, was disappearances, which resulted in a final collaborative project: A place called disappeared: The landscapes and stories of those who are #StillMissing. In 2021, the Fellows collaborated on projects to counter extortion in their communities and produced a video to amplify their message: End extortion now. In 2022, the Fellowship took on the theme of environmental crime, focusing on issues such as illegal logging, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the effects of environmental crime on indigenous protected areas. The 2023 Fellowship focused on human rights, recognizing that the existence of organized crime in any capacity often leads to violations of a wide range of human rights.

Ten fellows will be selected from different contexts and supported through the following mechanisms:

Grants: In fragile environments, the scarcity of financial resources is a pressing issue. Due to ongoing conflict, weak governance and socio-economic disparities, traditional sources of support are often underdeveloped or unavailable. The 2024 Resilience Fellowship will directly address this gap by providing grants of US$15 000 to individuals in such environments for community projects that build resilience. By focusing on fragile contexts, the Fellowship will ensure that resources reach those who are typically overlooked, making a tangible difference in communities that are most in need.

Capacity building: Through the Fellowship’s training and mentoring programme, Fellows will receive guidance on navigating the unique challenges presented by their environments, such as cyber threats, physical security risks and the complexities of criminal economies. This approach begins with an understanding of fragility: identifying the local manifestations of organized crime and developing strategies to counter them.

Networking and collaboration: The Fellowship will provide networking and collaboration opportunities through its Resilience Dialogues and the Resilience Fund Community Platform to influence global policy and strengthen Fellows’ initiatives. By fostering an interdisciplinary, global and cross-sectoral network, the Fellowship aims to support a diverse range of solutions, share resources and best practices, and strengthen community resilience to organized crime in fragile contexts.

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Eligibility criteria

The 2024 Fellowship aims to support ten civil society actors working on community responses to organized crime that strengthen resilience in fragile regions affected by conflict, violence and criminal governance.

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 and youth leaders); academia (researchers, consultants, scholars and policymakers); and human rights practitioners working directly with affected communities. Individuals from other disciplines will be considered if their work is relevant to the Fellowship’s objectives and the annual theme.

The Fellowship invites applications from individuals of all genders, ethnic backgrounds, ages, religions or other defining characteristics who are active in communities affected by organized crime.

Applicants must have full or professional working proficiency in at least one of the following three languages: Spanish, English or French.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interviews on the basis of the following four criteria.

  • Contextual relevance
  • Problem identification
  • Solution feasibility
  • Capacity to build community resilience

Each Fellow will be awarded a total of US$15 000, payable in three instalments of US$5 000 each. The use of these funds should adhere strictly to the principles of professionalism, integrity and transparency, be consistent with the plan proposed in the application form, comply with the terms and conditions of the Fellowship agreement, and used to engage in collaborative activities with other Fellows.

How to apply (ONLINE FORM)

Interested parties must submit an application through the online form available at the end of this section. This form includes questions for applicants to showcase their background and experience in addressing fragility contexts, especially in communities facing conflict.

Please make sure that your responses are clear, succinct and do not exceed the maximum of words stablished.

You will not be able to attach any documents to your application. Please make sure that you have included all relevant information in the online form. It will not be possible to edit it once it has been submitted.

Applications will not be received by email. They must all be submitted via the online form.

If you have technical issues uploading your application or if you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

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