Global Fellow

Heartland Alliance’s International Programs is committed to helping educate future leaders in the fields of human services and human rights. As an agency that works on a diverse set of issues using a variety of methods, Heartland Alliance is an ideal environment for individuals to make links between their classroom learning and on-the-ground work. Ultimately our goal is to supplement and in some cases add to the issue-specific knowledge recent graduates are gaining while simultaneously building skills, capacity, and connections to fully engage in human rights direct service and advocacy in their area of academic expertise or area of interest.

Global Fellowship assignments are unpaid volunteer positions. Global Fellows are not eligible for employment benefits and usually last six months to one year. International Programs feel some living allowance is consistent with Heartland’s commitment to human rights, fairness, equality, and equal access. In particular, not providing an allowance ensures that lower-income individuals who cannot afford to incur expenses while volunteering have no access to our Global Fellowship program. Therefore, Global Fellows receive support on a case-by-case basis.

Fellowship Type

Description / Criteria:


A research fellow engages in most or all of the following activities during his or her assignment:

-Conduct research; identify best practices; engage in data collection and/or establish data collection methods; consolidate and evaluate data; engage in technical research, content analysis and technical writing; summarize donor and local political environment/landscape; collect and present case studies; consolidate and summarize methods and practices
-Participate in development of research studies, reports, articles, presentations
-Gain field experience in program development or monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
-Independent Research for graduate credit must be approved through the HA IRB.


A practicum is a fellowship that engages in most or all of the following activities during his or her assignment:

-Gain field experience in human rights based social service work
-Work on a specific project that supports quality or the improvement of local tools and methods
-Gain experience working within a local NGO or community based organization
-Directly support local capacity building effort
-Create a project plan or recommendation in coordination with the local team
-Engage in other administrative support duties in relation to his or her fellowship assignment


A clinical fellowship requires the Global Fellow have a Masters Degree, Ph.D. or be a current doctoral student in a clinical field, such as: public health; epidemiology; clinical or counseling psychology. The clinical fellowship will involve research, statistical analysis, and/or a clinical programmatic assignment.


This type of global fellowship is an exception to the other three types of fellowships at Heartland Alliance. The “Volunteer Fellow” is an individual interested in supporting one of Heartland Alliance’s programs during a career transition or sabbatical versus an individual who is developing a career in international human rights. The volunteer fellow has a BA or BS degree, at a minimum, and more than ten years of professional experience. This type of fellowship provides a nominal stipend, permitting interested and committed individuals to support Heartland Alliance’s human rights work.

International Programs currently implements programs in the following regions:

-Africa (Burundi, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria)
-Middle East (Iraq)
-Latin America and the Caribbean (Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti)
-Asia (Sri Lanka)

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