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Equitable Futures Fellowship 2024 for Policy Advocacy (USA, New Zealand)

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Many of the world’s biggest problems today stem from systemic imbalances of wealth, access, and power. Solving them requires new approaches to leadership and capabilities to put forth transformative actions and policies that reimagine concepts of power and governance.

In answer to this need, the Equitable Futures Fellowship is a new programme from the Doris Duke Foundation and the East-West Center, in which fellows will explore techniques to empower previously unheard voices and resolve inequity in its many forms, including gaps in income, health care, and education; impacts of the climate crisis; and challenges to societal pluralism.

Through a combination of in-person sessions in Hawai‘i and Aotearoa (New Zealand), plus regular virtual meetings, fellows will hear from top experts and engage in activities designed to enhance their knowledge, leadership capacities, and networks. The enduring skills and bonds they gain are intended to serve their communities and our world in building more equitable futures.

Program runs October 2024 to May 2025:

  • Pre-Residency Virtual Sessions: 14–27 October 2024
  • Honolulu, Hawai‘i: 28 October–8 November 2024
  • Virtual Sessions: 9 November 2024–25 May 2025
  • Wellington, New Zealand: 26–31 May 2025

Eligibility criteria includes the following:

  • 5 to 10 years of professional leadership experience in any aspect of policy, advocacy of influence (including, but is not limited to, elected officials, government agency representatives, advocacy group leaders, topic experts, community leaders, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs)
  • A citizen or resident of countries in the Indo-Pacific region, or citizens or residents outside this region but whose past experience or current work comes with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region
  • A fluent level of English

The Equitable Futures Fellowship provides fellows with round-trip airfare to/from the programme locations, programme fee and materials, accommodation, travel insurance, meals, and some applicable visa-related costs (if required).


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