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Think Tank LINKS Fellowship

CIPE and Atlas Corps, with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, have jointly launched the new Think Tank LINKS (Leaders, Innovators, and Knowledge Sharing) Fellowship. This innovative program is an opportunity for leading U.S. think tanks (Host Organizations) to host skilled, young researchers from developing countries. The pilot class of Fellows will be in the United States from January through June. Now is the time to become one of the first Host Organizations engaged in this opportunity.

Fellowship Details:

  • Host Organization selects Fellow after receiving pre-screened candidates, vetted through the CIPE and Atlas Corps recruitment process.
  • Fellow placement is 6 months (January - June), approximately 40 hours/week.
  • In addition to serving at Host Organizations, Fellows will enroll in leadership development programs and activities administered by CIPE and Atlas Corps.
  • CIPE and Atlas Corps cover all logistics including: transportation, living stipend, health insurance, visa, taxes, in-country orientation, and ongoing logistical support.

Fellow Profile:

  • Fellows are young professionals with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, at least two years of professional experience with a proven track record of research-based work, and English proficiency.
  • Fellows engage in research and program activities focused on democracy and economic reform, based on "position responsibilities" as defined by Host Organization.

Benefits to Host Organization:

  • Receive full-time, experienced, and bilingual professional engaged in research activities with international perspective.
  • Benefit from a professional (Fellow) who has insider knowledge and research of what's happening at the local level in respective countries
  • Build organizational capacity with an international professional for less than the cost of an entry-level employee. With the cost-share model, Host Organizations only contribute $5,000 to receive a Fellow, which covers approximately 20% of the total Fellow cost. This program is funded with generous support from the National Endowment for Democracy and other sources.
  • Be listed as a "pilot" Host Organization in this new initiative on both CIPE and Atlas Corps communication channels.
  • Join the Atlas Corps network, which includes more than 50 organizations and 130 Fellows from 35 countries. Activities include networking events, professional development activities, and cross-promotion opportunities.
  • Receive "priority Host Organization" status if decide to host a standard Atlas Corps Fellow (12 to 18 months), which includes cost share discount and advanced application review.

Responsibilities of Host Organization include:

  • Interview vetted candidates and selects top choice by established deadlines.
  • Contribute a $5,000 cost share toward the Fellowship program. This cost share covers approximately 20% of the total cost of engaging a Fellow in this program. Atlas Corps and CIPE, with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, will cover the remainder of the cost for the Fellowship.
  • Provide a workstation (desk, phone, computer); office orientation; meaningful work opportunities; and a work plan for the Fellow.
Next Steps: Timeline:
1. Complete "interest form" (http://bit.ly/ThinkTankLINKSForm)
We use this information to select up to five candidates for review.

August 31

2. Review and Interview* pre-screened candidates provided.
There is no cost or commitment to review candidates.

3. Select Candidate to serve as Fellow, sign Host Agreement, and submit cost share.

4. Engage Fellow in six months of full-time service in organization. January

5. Conclude Fellowship.


About Us:

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE's key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. www.cipe.org

Atlas Corps is an international nonprofit that addresses critical issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a "best practice" in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and the World Economic Forum, Atlas Corps engages experienced leaders in 12-18 month, Our network of Fellows includes 130 nonprofit leaders from 35 countries. Atlas Corps Fellows serve at organizations such as Ashoka, CentroNia, Habitat for Humanity, Points of Light Institute, Public Health Institute, UN Foundation, and the U.S. Peace Corps. www.atlascorps.org

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