Funded Fellowship for Development Experts in the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship 2022

Are you a development expert in fields such as food security, global health, human rights and climate change?

Apply for the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship 2022 and have all your expenses catered for during the course of the fellowship and occasionally get provided with funds to participate in media related activities.

Application Deadline: October 20 2021


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  • Aspen would pay all expenses for the fellowship, and occasionally provide funds for Fellows to participate in media-related activities and conferences.


  • Open to individuals who are development experts in fields such as food security, global health, human rights and climate change. For the 2022 class, they would continue to give special consideration to fellows whose work focuses on Covid-19 relief, vaccine development and pandemic resiliency. 
  • Candidates for the fellowship are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement, a desire to share third perspectives on global development with a broader international audience and a desire to advocate for policy change.
  • The fellowship is open to nomination only.

Nominations likely to be more considered are those of :

  • people with big ideas, who have a proven track record of implementing them.
  •  We also like people with strong personal stories and the ability to think critically about development as it relates to their own experiences. 
  • Finally, we’re looking for people who aren’t; shy about sharing their opinions and have strong potential in writing and public speaking.

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Application Instructions

About the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship

The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a year-long, non-residential program that provides intensive media and advocacy training for frontline development experts. With support from a team of experienced mentors and trainers, New Voices Fellows develop and amplify their ideas to bring about meaningful change.

The Fellowship offers development experts from Africa, Asia, and Latin America a year-long program of media support, advocacy lessons, training, and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers. On average, Fellows devote 10% of their working time towards the Fellowship over the course of the year.

The program helps Fellows sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of media platforms – illuminating crucial perspectives for a broad worldwide audience in order to champion policy change.

Fellows come from a variety of disciplines, ranging from public health to education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, and community activism. All Fellows are experts in their field with a deep understanding of broad development challenges and a passion for communicating their views.

Key Dates and Order of Program


Fellows meet in Nairobi, K program goals, such as publishing op-eds, giving speeches, and working towards tangible advocacy and policy objectives.


Fellows meet in-person or virtually foenya or virtually for a week-long intensive media and advocacy boot camp.


Fellows complete one-on-one remote work with their selected mentor. Fellows and mentors focus on the Fellow’s customizer and intensive story-telling training.


Remote work continues as Fellows receive support to write, pitch, and publish Op-Eds, complete media appearances, advocate for their work and broader policy change, and share their stories with targeted audiences.


Fellows meet for the Aspen Institute’s foundational seminar program. Fellows also explore advanced advocacy strategies and prepare for their futures as Senior Fellows.


Fellows receive continued support from their mentor until the next class is announced. At that time, Fellows graduate to become Senior Fellows and receive continued guidance and support from the New Voices Alumni Coordinators.

The Fellowship year is organized around three major group meetings, each of which is approximately one week long. Health considerations will determine whether these meetings will be held in person or remotely in 2022. Regardless of whether we are able to gather in person, your full attendance at these sessions is required. In addition to those training weeks, most fellows estimate spending about 5 hours per week working on fellowship-related activities, including meeting with their mentors, taking part in interviews, and writing opinion piece

Past Winners

2021 Fellows

  • Elijah Addo
  • Adekemi Adeniyan
  • Olanike Adeyemo
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