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Malawi Graduate Fellowship Application

The Malawi Graduate Fellowship is a program designed to support a University of Dayton recent graduate or graduating senior with a yearlong field experience working as a Program Officer for Determined to Develop. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a graduate assistantship at the Human Rights Center and scholarship to enroll and pursue a Masters program at the University of Dayton.

The University of Dayton will provide full travel support and living expenses for the field work period and full tuition and stipend during the graduate assistantship contingent upon full and successful completion of all requirements.

Program Cycle

  1. Applications Open: Nov 11, 2019
  2. Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2019
  3. Interviews: January 13 - January 17, 2020 
  4. Fellowship offered to selected candidate: January 20 - January 24, 2020
2020-2021

Malawi Graduate Fellowship Handbook

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A University of Dayton recent graduate or graduating senior with interest in human rights and/or international development. Field experience preferred.


  1. Enrollment in the Malawi Practicum pre-departure course in Spring 2020 (POL 300, Thursdays 6:00-8:40 p.m.) along with the 2020 undergraduate Malawi Practicum cohort. 
  2. One year of service/field work as a Program Officer with Determined to Develop in Chilumba, Malawi, August 2020-August 2021. Matt Maroon, Determined to Develop, will be the direct supervisor.
  3. Develop and complete a human rights and development research or advocacy project during the year in Malawi; present the project and results in Malawi and upon their return to Dayton at a venue to be determined. The participant is expected to perform initial work on project prior to departure during their pre-departure course.
  4. Assist with administration of the Malawi Research Practicum during period of appointment.
  5. Completion of all educational and professional development assignments during the service/field work period as directed by Human Rights Center and Human Rights Studies Program staff.
  6. Enrollment in a Masters program at the University of Dayton prior to departure with the expectation to begin classes Fall 2020.
  7. Appointment as a Human Rights Center graduate assistant in Fall 2021 upon successful enrollment and successful completion of service/field work in Malawi.
  8. Completion of all duties and responsibilities as assigned during period of graduate assistantship at the Human Rights Center.
  9. University of Dayton will provide full travel support and living expenses for the service/field work period and full tuition and stipend during the graduate assistantship, as per attached budget, contingent upon full and successful completion of all requirements.

Please complete the application by December 15, 2019.

  1. Resume
  2. Essay (Max 250 words) Answer the prompt:  “Why I want to spend a year in Malawi and work with Determined to Develop.”
  3. Essay (Max 250 words) Answer the prompt:  “How this experience fits into my career plans.”
  4. Outline of research/advocacy proposal. (Max 1000 words) You must answer the following questions:
  • What do I want to accomplish? (Be clear, concise, and practical.)
  • Why do I want to do it (i.e., why is it important? What is the need?)
  • How are you going to do it? (Include a timeline, list of resources needed, and methods to be used.)

CONTACT

Human Rights Center

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790
937-229-3294
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