The Build Peace Fellows program started in 2016 in recognition of the incredible collective expertise the Build Peace community can contribute to promising, innovative initiatives in the peacebuilding sector. The program is run by Build Up and builds local innovative potential for individuals and organisations embedded in peacebuilding processes.
Over one year, the program helps an individual take an innovative peacebuilding intervention from idea to implementation. We believe the program is particularly important at a time when there is still a mismatch between the push for innovative peacebuilding and local capacities for that innovation to take place in the field.
Fellowships are awarded through a competitive process in which applicants present a peacebuilding project that they want to develop through the fellowship. In 2016, we received 148 applications from 60 countries, and selected three Fellows. Applications for the Build Peace Fellows 2017 will open in May 2017.