Type of Funding

Fully funded




The 2020 New Voices Fellowship program for development professionals at the Aspen Institute is a year-long non-resident media and coaching program for development leaders from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America). This fellowship program is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundation and is designed especially for outstanding development experts and professionals from developing countries, to help them sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across media platforms.

Nominations are sought for the 2020 New Voices Fellowship, which will provide development experts from across Africa, Asia and Latin America, with a year-long program of media support, advocacy training, research and writing coaching under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.

New Voices 2020 will select a total of 25 Fellows, with 15 Fellows chosen who are experts in fields such as infectious and non-infectious disease, food security, mental health, development economics, health and human rights, and climate change; and 10 Fellows who are experts working on the frontlines of sexual and reproductive health and rights.


All expenses related to the fellowship are covered, including expenses for certain media-related activities and conferences.

Over the course of a year, New Voices prepares Fellows to become recognized thought leaders, helping amplify their insights and advocacy rooted in experience on the ground. They receive training and support to speak at major events; write conversation-starting op-eds and think pieces for major outlets; and build their social media platforms. The Fellowship is non-resident, but includes travel to training workshops as well as opportunities for travel to select international conferences.


Applicants must be from developing countries. Candidates for the fellowship have to be nominated. Nominees must be from a developing country, and ideally work and live in the Global South.

The New Voices Fellowship is looking for individuals with a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience. They should be experts in the field of development, specialising in a variety of development disciplines, ranging from public health and education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, sanitation and community activism. Ideal candidates are experts in their fields who have a deep understanding of broad development challenges and a passion for communicating their views.

This fellowship is for development experts, not journalists or others trained and working in communications.


Nominations are to be submitted online by 15 October 2019.

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