Aspen New Voices Fellowship Announces Call for 2017 Nominations

August 17, 2016

The Aspen Institute seeks nominations for one-year non-resident media skills and coaching program for next generation of development leaders from the Global South.

Contact: Andrew Quinn
Director, New Voices Fellowship
The Aspen Institute
202-736-2291 |

WASHINGTON, DC August 17, 2016– The Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship today announced a call for nominations for the 2017 Fellowship class. The Fellowship initiative offers development experts from across Africa, Asia and Latin America a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.

Candidates for the 20 Fellowships awarded next year must be experts in fields relating to global development. The Fellowship this year is particularly interested in professionals with backgrounds in food security, global health and development finance. For the first time, we will also award two Fellowships focused specifically on health and human rights.

Fellows must be from a developing country, and ideally work and live in the Global South.

Over the course of a year, the Fellowship works to prepare and support Fellows to become recognized thought leaders, helping amplify their insights and ideas rooted in experience on the ground. They will be given 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.

Current Fellows have had their work featured in media sites ranging from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and Al Jazeera to the Huffington Post, Africa Report, and Fellows have been interviewed by news organizations including the BBC, CNBC, and National Public Radio (NPR) and been invited to speak at events including TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Application to the Fellowship is by nomination only through the program website at The nomination period will close on October 15, 2016 and the incoming class will be announced in January 2017.

The New Voices Fellowship
The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. Launched in 2013, and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, the New Voices Fellowship is part of Aspen Global Health and Development. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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