Netcentric Campaigns Fellowships

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Types of Fellowships

Senior Fellowships

Fellowships for people with significant experiences and multiple ways to contribute and commit to the Fellowship program, organization or projects.  This is a mid-career opportunity to engage with networks and build skills while continuing to receive usual compensation from other employers or sponsoring employer.  Senior Fellows may engage in running network operations, advancing network efforts, writing, research, or focus on training/guiding others. Senior Fellows are expected to advance the field and thinking about network building. Netcentric Campaigns provides project support or honorarium support for Senior Fellows.

Project Fellowships

Starting or mid-career temporary fellowship offers detailed assignments and responsibilities to support specific project work in networks supported by Netcentric Campaigns. Fellowships provide entry into the fellowship training and programs and include assignments to contribute to network projects.  This is an opportunity to engage with networks and build skills while continuing to receive usual compensation from other employers or sponsoring employer. Netcentric Campaigns provides a market-rate monthly stipend or honorarium support for Project Fellows aligned with any project work.

Independent Fellowships

These volunteer or independent Fellows are sponsored by primary employers or others. Fellows bring their own work, teaching goals, research, or assignments on networks (often related to their jobs). Independent Fellows participate in structured learning programs and group discussions with other Fellows. They create self-guided plans and develop individual plans with the support of Netcentric Campaigns. Fellowships provide entry into the fellowship training, programs and network of fellows. Independent fellowships include learning assignments that can be customized to advance outside network projects.

Netcentric Campaigns Provides All Fellows

  • A course of content and online resources that help Fellows better understand the elements and skills of network building and help facilitate the adoption of the network framework and language for discussions of practices and campaigns. Information on network-centric topics through guides, webinars, the use of media and facilitated peer learning.
  • Collaboration on a joint vision for Fellowship. Assistance to fellows in plotting their own self-guided learning path focused on the elements of a health network. Feedback on successive drafts of each person's learning plan.
  • Support and direction in completion of skill building hands-on projects and exercises.
  • Work to stimulate (or be a sounding board) on project and learning experience. Help fellows develop an approach to learning about networks that foster independence. Support for creation of skills sharing stories, projects, and/or training others on network practices or experiences.
  • Opportunities for engagement in online discussions and coaching sessions focused on advancing skills needed to manage networks or build network capacity.
  • As possible, arrange for contacts with resource people on special topics and set up learning experiences for individuals and small groups. 1-1 support, coaching, and guidance from other senior fellows,  Netcentric Campaigns staff, our partners, or Board members to help the Fellow with work on their fellowship and social change projects. Support locating available resources or secure new information on topics identified through discussions.
  • Serve as a validator of learner accomplishment and assessment throughout and at the end of the fellow assignment.

The Fellows program is designed to support and convert more people to work on Netcentric Campaigns mission to "transform the advocacy work of nonprofits and foundations by mobilizing networks of people to move change forward effectively and efficiently."

We are seeking people for whom a Fellowship (training, stipend, and focus of the work) complements and is synergistic along with their other volunteer or paid work. The fellowship should ideally advance career development, grassroots organizing, and progressive issues works.

Fellows Requirements

Netcentric Campaigns seeks fellows with a  "spirit of adventure." The Fellowship program is an evolving experiment. Simply put, we are working it out as we go. As such, Fellows need to know and be comfortable that they are not connecting into a fully organized fellowship.

We will always be most interested in supporting "self-directed" vs "teacher-directed" fellowships to make a contribution to network building field. Early pioneers in the Fellowship are helping us test a new model for our work and are going to need self-commitment to get the most out of the opportunity.

Ideal candidates are self-motivated, have superior organizational skills and a keen eye for detail. S/he will have the ability to prioritize competing responsibilities among different projects and successfully communicate needs. Strong and effective communications skills are a must as the Fellow will be required to write emails, memos, and reports for both internal and external audiences, using appropriate tone and style. S/he will also handle phone, online meeting (zoom)  and in-person communications, all requiring message consistency and professional polish.

S/he will have at least 3-5 years of professional experience. A successful Fellow must also have a proven track record of strong teamwork skills, it is critical that the Fellow has the capacity to handle and resolve problems, establish priorities, work independently and achieve objectives with little supervision.

Fellows Program Overview

The Fellows program is designed to support and convert more people to work on Netcentric Campaigns mission to "transform the advocacy work of nonprofits and foundations by mobilizing networks of people to move change forward effectively and efficiently."

Netcentric Campaigns Fellowship work reflects our fundamental driving principles and is focused on capturing perspectives and lessons learned from network building for advocacy over the years.   Netcentric Campaigns commits to working with Fellows and creating a network among them to advance the following goals:

  1. Strengthen the civil society sector and each individual Fellows' capacity to work in a distributed network and advance network building practices in nonprofit and social campaigns. Support network collaborations on complex important and widely distributed projects or campaigns.
  2. Push power and funding out to new allies and new fellows that not only want to build the network skills but also need such funding to be synergistic with their personal missions and passions. The goal is to drive network-centric model and successes ever outward by building skills within as many fellows as possible, making the work part of their careers and spreading the influence of their skills into the organizations that hire and depend on them.
  3. Embed the network approach to advocacy and essential network skills across key movements rapidly spreading the skills and lessons much farther than our organization could achieve alone.

Netcentric Campaigns staff and Board operations are rooted in five core values: professionalism, empathy, innovation, laughter and service. We integrate these values into our work. It is essential that all current and future Fellows understand our values and can operate in accordance with these values in order to maintain a conscientious and purposeful work environment.

The Fellows work helps us attract people from within movements to work on movements. The skills developed during the Fellowship includes a set of skills that we invest in Fellows to help spread network organizing skills and advance the work of network building in social movements.

Each Fellow represents an important investment for our organization and in return improves Netcentric Campaigns practices to continually attract, improve, and distribute the perspectives, skills, and insights needed to advance network-centric approaches to social change work.

Current Open Fellowships

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