2017 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Programme Opens


The 2017 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Programme is open for interested applicants, who are advised to consult the Application Guidelines before applying. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Launched in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Programme (DHSFDD) is a three-week academic training programme that is hosted annually at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The programme brings together a group of 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from transitioning countries.

This training programme provides a unique forum for emerging leaders to connect, exchange experiences and receive academic training to enrich their knowledge and advance their work. For three weeks during the summer, fellows participate in academic seminars that expose them to the theory and practice of democracy, development, and the rule of law.

Delivered by leading Stanford faculty from the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the departments of economics and political science, these seminars allow emerging leaders to explore new institutional models and frameworks.

The next phase of the programme is scheduled to hold from Sunday, July 16 to Friday, August 4, 2017.
Prospective applicants should note that this is not an academic fellowship but meant for practitioners only.

The Fellowship values practical experience over academic credentials, and admits scholars only to the extent that they are active in government, public policy, civil society, economic development and rule of law. They should hold leadership roles in their respective sector. Applicants must be mid-career practitioners and have at least ten to 12 years of experience to qualify for the fellowship. Those with more experience are much more competitive in the selection process.

Candidates must be from and currently reside in a country where democracy is not well entrenched. Candidates residing outside their home country due to war or conflict may be granted exceptions. Applicants will not be accepted from countries such as: the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and member states of the European Union.

Candidates must be at least 28 years of age at the start of the fellowship in July 2017 and must be actively working in the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Candidates who are in the midst of full-time university degree programmes would not be accepted.

As part of the eligibility criteria, candidates must have a solid command of written and spoken English. All programme materials and sessions are in English.

Participants will also be required to give 9-minute TED-style talks throughout the three-week programme regarding their work and motivation. English language proficiency is very important in order to benefit and contribute to the programme dialogue.

Other relevant resources and information needed for application are available on http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/summerfellows/docs/apply_dhsfp