IDEO.org is a new non-profit working to support designers who can make the world a better. Each year, the IDEO.org Fellowship Program seeks talented people from the design, business and social sectors, who can serve as “innovators in residence” at IDEO.org’s offices in San Francisco, CA for 12 months. Fellows work with experienced IDEO designers to develop innovative solutions to poverty-focused problems around the world, using “human-centered design” to address challenges in areas such as agriculture, gender equity, financial services, health, water, and sanitation.
Good describes the IDEO.org Fellows as “big-picture thinkers that make up a new breed of humanitarians—designers.” Currently, fellows are developing open-source design kits, such as designs for urban gardening in Ethiopia, and are blogging about the process, giving other social sector leaders a chance to learn from their successes, failures, and unusual approaches to eradicating poverty.
The application process for this professional fellowship is highly competitive and open to applicants from around the world. They especially seek candidates who have experience working in developing countries or low-income communities. The start-up environment and frequent travel requires fellows to be flexible, resilient and open to other cultures and lifestyles.
Applications are due December 9, 2011 – so act now!
NIAUSI Fellowships offer residency in the beautiful and rustic hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. The fellowships are for active architecture and design professionals practicing in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and the province of British Columbia. NIAUSI offers one and two month fellowships, each having different eligibility requirements.
The Astra Zarina Fellowship is a two month fellowship which covers the costs of restricted coach-class airfare for one person, a $1,500 stipend, and lodging for two months at the Civita Institute. Recipients of the One Month Fellowship receive lodging for one month at the Civita Institute, but are responsible for their own financial support and travel.
The primary mission of NIAUSI is to promote public discussion of issues related to the built environment. In addition to the once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work at the Civita Institute, NIAUSI Fellows also get to promote their work through organized presentations, exhibitions, articles and publications, and more. To learn more about these unique fellowships please visit the official website.
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If you are a graduating undergraduate or graduate student from an accredited architecture school in the U.S. then you should check out the SOM Prize and Travel Fellowship for Architecture, Design and Urban Design. Awarded annually, this fellowship provides talented architects with a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that can be used for conducting research, collaborating with industry experts and other designers, and to pursue independent study. As you might expect, this fellowship is highly competitive, but finishing as a runner up even has its perks. The SOM Foundation awards a $20,000 research and travel fellowship to the second place finisher.
A little about the SOM Foundation:
The mission of the SOM Foundation Travelling Fellowship Program is to assist young architects, designers and engineers in expanding their professional education through the observations of culture, history, building and design that can only be achieved through travel. Prior Fellows have travelled to Asia, North Africa, and South America, as well as Europe and the United States.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews