Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, 02108, United States
Posted by: Insight Collaborative
Type: Full time
Last day to apply: August 9, 2008
Last updated: June 11, 2008
Job posted on: June 10, 2008
Area of Focus: Peace, War, and Conflict Resolution
The Insight Fellowship Program was created in 2005 to foster a community of
global-minded individuals prepared to manage conflict effectively and
contribute to their local, national, and international communities. The
Insight philosophy is that the ability to make positive contributions is a
function of the quality of one's communication skills, capacity for empathy,
and self-understanding. To promote these qualities, one-year Insight
Fellowships are awarded to exceptional individuals to:
- Study and promote effective conflict management
- Make international humanitarian contributions
- Pursue self-reflection and personal development
Applications and placements are shaped by the Insight Fellowship Guidelines,
which encourage original and reflective thinking, innovative approaches to
managing conflict, exposure to other cultures and customs, cultivation of
entrepreneurship and leadership, volunteering for the benefit of underserved
populations, and the development of a compassionate disposition toward the
world. The Fellowship includes a $25,000 USD expense allowance to support
multiple placements totaling one year, typically in three to four month
blocks. Each Fellow is required to repay the amount of the $25,000 allowance
used through individual fund raising efforts, regenerating the funds to
ensure support for the next Fellow. This "pay forward" approach instills the
values of sustainability and non-profit entrepreneurship.
The first three-month placement is at the Boston offices of Insight
Collaborative and its affiliate, Insight Partners. During this tenure in
Boston, Fellows advance their understanding of the theory and practice of
effective negotiation, communication, and mediation; meet pivotal figures in
the field; attend workshops; receive personalized coaching; and see
first-hand how international conflict management professionals operate in
the academic, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.
The subsequent nine months are divided into three foreign placements
proposed and arranged by the Fellow. Placements are approved by Insight
Collaborative on the basis of safety and the extent to which they meet the
Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
Each Fellow must design a series of placements approved by Insight
Collaborative. Although placements are identified and secured with the
support of Insight Collaborative and its affiliates, Fellows are expected to
take primary responsibility for researching and negotiating their
placements. Placements are evaluated on the degree to which they meet the
Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
The first placement is a three-month internship with Insight Collaborative
and Insight Partners in Boston, starting on or about June 1. While in
Boston, Fellows will:
1. Finalize placements and complete travel arrangements.
2. Study conflict management by observing and, when appropriate, by
participating in workshops, classes, mediations, and other Insight
activities coinciding with their placement.
3. Volunteer to support local conflict management organizations (past
examples include Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and Boston-area
non-profit mediation organizations).
4. Focus on self-development through coaching from Insight consultants and
by participation in Boston-area activities (past examples include SCUBA
certification and language lessons).
5. Do the primary work necessary to fulfill their obligations to future
Fellows by writing grants and otherwise supporting the Program's fundraising
Fellows are expected to spend the subsequent nine months living and working
in countries other then the United States and their home country. These
foreign placements are proposed and arranged by the Fellow.
Each Fellow must identify a broad theme to serve as a focus of study and
reflection throughout the Fellowship. Themes must relate to the field of
conflict management, be identified by the Fellow, and approved by Insight
Collaborative. Within one month of their return from foreign placements,
Fellows must submit a 30-page report and oral presentation on their theme to
Examples: Methods of conflict resolution; patterns of reciprocity;
bargaining practices and strategies; methods of creating trust; creating
relationship and community; improving communication; and reconciliation.
Each Fellow is obligated to maintain an electronic journal. Journal entries
are posted on the Insight Collaborative website throughout the Fellowship on
a bi-weekly basis. In addition to encouraging reflection and thoughtful
communication, journal submissions facilitate regular contact between each
Fellow and Insight Collaborative.
Fellowship positions are created with the help of grants and generous
support of individual donors and donor organizations. Once formed, positions
are maintained through further grants and fundraising efforts of the
Fellows. With the support of the Insight Collaborative, each Fellow is
expected to "refill the pot" by writing grant proposals and by fundraising,
primarily during their Boston placement. Pursuant to the Guideline of
Sustainability, Fellows benefit from the work of their predecessor and
provide for their successor. As a result, a donor's original one-time
contribution toward the creation of a Fellowship position regenerates to
keep that position available to a new Fellow each subsequent year. If you or
an affiliated organization is interested in sponsoring a Fellowship
position, please contact us.
Each applicant must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited college or
university or in good standing to graduate prior to the start of the
Fellowship; (2) fluent in English; (3) available and committed to serving 12
consecutive months from the start of the Fellowship; and (4) dedicated to
fulfilling the purposes of the Fellowship Program, and to prioritizing the
Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
Applicants are judged on the strength of their application and on their
personal achievements, character, and abilities. Experience related to the
study or practice of conflict management or alternative dispute resolution
(ADR) is preferred, but not required. Insight Fellows must have strong
academic and extracurricular portfolios.
How to Apply:
All completed applications submitted by the application deadline will be
reviewed by Insight Collaborative. Finalists will be invited to Boston for a
Finalists Weekend in March consisting of an in-person interview, dinner, and
a half-day negotiation workshop. The next application deadline is December
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