Iraq Leadership Fellows - برنامج زمالة قادة العراق

Call for Applications: 2018/19 Class of Fellows

دعوة للمشاركة في برنامج زمالة قادة العراق: دورة 2018/19 للنسخة العربية الرجاء اضغط هنا

About the Fellowship

The Iraq Leadership Fellows Program helps Iraq’s next generation of leaders develop the skills they need to build sustainable and transformative social and political movements. The Fellowship brings together young activists from around Iraq for three residential training sessions over the course of a year, with each training comprising of three days of intensive learning with leading international instructors and high-level guest speakers. Fellows receive additional one-to-one mentorship in between trainings, and the best in class are offered further development opportunities internationally after the conclusion of the Fellowship. Graduates of the program join an illustrious alumni network of former fellows who represent the next generation of Iraqi change-makers. The Fellowship is a joint initiative of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and GPD Charitable Trust. Tuition costs, accommodation and travel are all covered by the fellowship.

There are two Fellowship tracks on offer in 2018/2019, each Fellowship will accept 25 Fellows

Social Activist Fellowship

This Fellowship is targeted at young civil society activists, and offers training on the skills they require to build effective and sustainable campaigns and change movements. Fellows learn how to develop campaign strategies, how to identify constituencies of support, how to advocate with policy makers, how to build public awareness, and how to use narratives to persuade. Fellows also engage in personal reflection to identify ways in which they can improve their leadership styles and can build and motivate teams of supporters. As part of the program, Fellows will develop and launch real-life campaigns, and the most effective campaigns may be offered further support to enable their ongoing success.

Political Candidate Fellowship

This Fellowship is targeted at young political activists who wish to bring about positive change in Iraq through participation in the political process, and who intend to run for election at some point during their careers. Fellows will learn about the electoral process in Iraq, and will study how to build a campaign strategy, how to assemble a campaign team, how to analyse electoral data and to identify constituencies of support, how to conduct voter outreach, and how to most effectively engage with the media. Fellows will also reflect on how to maintain their values and how to avoid corrupt practices, and will study examples of how the political process can be used to achieve positive transformation.

Selection Criteria

Candidates for the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program should

  • Be Iraqi citizens and residents of Iraq
  • Be approximately between the ages of 25 and 35
  • Have two or more years of experience in either social activism or political campaigning/activities
  • Have exceptional academic, professional or personal achievements
  • Be committed to attending all three residential training sessions, to reading all preparatory materials, to engaging in the mentorship sessions in between the trainings, and to pursuing follow-on activities.

We also expect Fellows to be

  • Dedicated to expanding their roles as political or social leaders, and passionate about peacefully bringing about positive change in Iraq
  • Positive in their attitude, and have demonstrated perseverance and initiative
  • Intellectually curious, tolerant of diverse perspectives and willing to take risks
  • Committed to upholding democratic values and to exercising personal integrity
  • Mentors with a passion for investing in others, and ready to contribute to and enhance the experience of other fellows
  • Coachable and in search of feedback; humble and able to ask for help
  • Results-oriented, mission-driven, and innovative
  • Service-oriented coalition-builders who can effectively negotiate and manage conflict as a member of a team
  • In a position to share with colleagues, students, or broader audiences the ideas learned and contacts made in the ILF program
  • Capable of listening and communicating

The Fellowship seeks diversity of representation in terms of governorate, ethnicity, religion and gender.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the online application form. The deadline for applications is midnight Iraqi time on September 9, 2018.

If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process please email

Selection Process

The best applicants will be invited to take part in a Skype interview before an offer is made.

ILF Website Beschreibung

Contact person

Jessy Daccache

Administrative and Project Assistant

Jessy Daccache
Phone +961 (0) 1388 061/062
Fax +961 (0) 1388 064
Languages: English,‎ عربي,‎ Français

Laure-Maïssa Fargelat

Project Coordinator

Laure-Maïssa Fargelat
Phone +961 (0) 1388 061/062
Fax +961 (0) 1388 064
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français,‎ عربي