Scholarship Exchange Program in U.S.A
The 2018 YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program

Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative

In order to promote lasting change towards a more sustainable world the environmental movement is in constant need of inspirational and skilful leadership. Young people working for environmental CSOs, especially in developing countries, often have few opportunities to develop leadership skills due to a lack of resources for schooling, training or practical learning.

The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative creates opportunities for young people in the environmental sector in developing countries to unfold their full potential. By giving small grants to individuals to expand their knowledge, experience and training, the Initiative aims to strengthen environmental Civil Society Organisations capacity and efficiency. The mission of the JWH Initiative is thus to provide an accessible and tailored small grant for education and training of individuals who are nominated by their organisation as potential future leaders.

oung people who work or are affiliated with environmental CSO’s in developing countries and emerging economies who have shown potential for and interest in further developing their leadership. Candidates can come from anywhere except from ‘advanced economies’ (see below for list based on the IMF classification). The definition of ‘young’ is not linked to a concrete age limit. However, preference will be given to young women and men under 35 of age. We would like to especially encourage the nomination of  young women and local community leaders.  

The candidates should have proof of an excellent track record in: 
  • fully embracing the idea of sustainable development; 
  • a strong background in working on environmental and sustainable development issues; 
  • showing potential and ambition towards becoming a leader in her/his field of work, such as being inspirational and a support to others, working with communities, being innovative and creative;
  • committed to work on environmental and sustainable development issues in their country/region.  The candidate should be willing and have the potential to report on the development of their leadership capacities.
The grant can be applied for a wide range of activities, depending on the individuals’ need and interest. Most grantees use the funding for advancing either their knowledge and skills through studies, courses, trainings. or their expanding their experience through internships, exposure and exchange travels, participation in conferences, high level meetings etc. The candidate should have a clear idea on what it is that she/he intends to use the grant for before applying.

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