resilience fellowship

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) Resilience Fellowship is part of the GI-flagship TOC’s Resilience Fund, which gives grants and support to individuals and groups working in civil society to combat the effects of criminal governance and violence around the world.

The fellowship’s first edition, in 2020, gave support and networking opportunities to a group of ten people from all around the world working on the topic of organized crime-related disappearances.

The theme for the 2021 Fellowship was extortion, and our Fellows are currently working to build a global community of local leaders to prevent and combat extortion, as well as inventing new strategies to protect victims and uniting small companies to resist criminal taxes and investigating organized crime groups across borders.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021

Benefits of the Resilience Fellowship 

Each fellow will receive US$15 000 (divided into three payments of US$5000) to be spent on anything they want, subject to the principles of professionalism, integrity, and transparency, as well as the proposal submitted in the application form, the fellowship agreement’s terms and conditions, and the implementation of collaborative actions with other fellows.

Eligibility Criteria

A total of ten fellows will be chosen for the year 2022.

Journalism and media; activism; advocacy and community mobilization; the creative arts (artists, authors, filmmakers, and others); community leaders (religious, cultural, and youth leaders); academia (researchers and scholars); and the public sector are also desirable backgrounds (policymakers). Other disciplines’ work will be evaluated provided it is relevant to the fellowship’s goals and the annual topic.

People of any gender, ethnicity, age, religion or other defining feature who work in communities affected by organized crime are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, the overall make-up of the 10 fellows will be diverse and will reflect an equitable geographic and gender balance.

Selection Criteria

 Participants should be from countries disproportionately affected by organized crime and/or from least developed countries.

• Participants should ideally work closely within communities severely affected by environmental crime, or have strong ties within them, and should have ongoing or established projects or engagement. The cross-border nature of issues relating to organized crime allows applicants working within a wider, non-geographic community to be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no requirement indicating that the fellows must live in the community concerned.

• Participants should be able to demonstrate how the funding and support will be used.

• Participants who have direct experience in their communities’ issues, related to the annual theme, are particularly encouraged to apply.

• Participants must be fluent in at least one of these three languages: Spanish, English, or French.

• Participants’ prior work should demonstrate a commitment to the ethics and values of the Resilience Fund.

How to Apply for a GI-TOC Fellowship

Interested parties must submit an application through the online form provided in the Resilience Fund webpage (also available at the end of this section). This form contains a set of questions where you should highlight the following information:

• A description of who you are: your personal details (such as name, nationality, date of birth, etc.) and your work linked to the Fellowship’s theme, environmental crime.

• Your motivation:

o How has organized crime affected your community? (With an emphasis on this year’s theme.)

o What does resilience mean to you?

o What have you done to encourage resilience in your community or the community you have been working with?

o What specific problem would you like to help solve in relation to the theme of this Fellowship?

o What actions would you implement with the Fellowship? Identify clear specifications. If you have received other grants or fellowships, please specify which ones and explain the coordination mechanisms you will use to comply with all of them.

o Why do you believe you are a good candidate for this fellowship?

• An outline of the work you have done so far, including links mentioning your work (such as news clippings, videos, documents, publications, etc.).

You will not be able to attach any documents to your application. Please make sure that you have included all relevant information in the online form. It will not be possible to edit it once it has been submitted.

Applications will not be received by email. They must all be submitted via the online form.

If you have technical issues uploading your application or if you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

Should you be interested to pursue the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Resilience Fellowship, please fill out the organization’s online application form. For further information, please visit the official GI-TOC Resilience Fellowship webpage.

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