Women, Peace and Security Policy and Research Fellowship

2019/2020 Women, Peace and Security Policy and Research Fellowship

For priority review of applications, please submit by 11:59 pm (Eastern) on Sunday, 11 August 2019 by clicking here. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please note, unfortunately, we are unable to support work or student visas for this unpaid position, however, we welcome applicants who are in the United States under an existing student or research visa. 

The Women, Peace and Security Policy & Research Fellowship is an unpaid fellowship offered to current graduate students or professionals with expertise and background in gender, human rights, and international peace and security issues. Fellows should be based in either New York, NY or the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, BC).

This fellowship is being offered for 3-9 months beginning in September 2019. The goal of the fellowship is to engage students and young professionals in civil society efforts to advance the protection of women’s rights, and promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at the international level, with a particular focus on the UN Security Council and UN Headquarters.

Fellows conduct research, write policy analysis, and contribute to policy advocacy initiatives on issues across the spectrum of peace and security. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in an array of NGOWG projects and in the development of policy tools ranging from analytical briefs to focused policy recommendations. The environment is fast-paced with new projects and advocacy opportunities emerging without notice, so fellows must be able to work in a responsive, focused and high-performing manner.

Fellows have a unique opportunity to develop and/or deepen their knowledge and expertise on several countries and/or regions, based on their interest, background, and the needs of the office. This expertise forms a core foundation for the NGOWG’s advocacy.

Throughout their term, the staff and members of the NGOWG will engage fellows in ongoing advocacy support and policy research projects, as well as offer structured mentorship on mainstreaming policy developments in the women, peace and security field at the international level. The fellow’s work will be guided by the Senior Program and Research Manager.

Fellows interact with NGOWG members and have access to events and policy discussions on gender, peace and security issues within the NGO and UN community. Fellows based in New York City will receive a UN pass and are able to access events at UN Headquarters. Each fellow should expect to work a minimum of three days per week.

This fellowship also serves as a unique opportunity for individuals with an interest in developing or strengthening a critical gender lens in the context of country and regional situations, as well as general peace and security issues. We welcome individuals with country or regional expertise, seeking to develop a better understanding of ways to deepen their analytical skills with regards to their country or region of interest.


The term of the fellowship is 3 – 9 months, beginning in September 2019. We are open to discussing different start dates / duration for exceptional candidates.

Applicants must be able to commit to 3 full days per week for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows should be based in New York, NY or the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia). Fellows based in the Pacific Northwest should be willing and able to travel to Seattle, WA a minimum of two times per month.

Should you have any questions regarding options for term length or location, please e-mail: fellowship@womenpeacesecurity.org


  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate program (MA, MS, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, feminist theory, gender studies, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of country-specific or regional situations as a result of research, academic study, and/or field work is a positive.
  • Experience in feminist/gender analysis and specific expertise on issues related to gender and conflict is highly regarded; willingness to fill gaps in knowledge and/or experience through additional study is a positive.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in policy analysis and research on international security is also highly regarded.
  • Background and/or demonstrated interest in the United Nations system, including experience gained as a result of academic study or experiential learning activities such as Model United Nations.
  • Applicants must be fluent in spoken English, with high proficiency in academic and policy writing.
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and high level of familiarity with all aspects of Google Drive / G Suite.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work quickly and efficiently.
  • Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required.

No phone calls please. If you have any questions, please e-mail fellowship@womenpeacesecurity.org. Thank you!

For priority review of applications, please submit by 11:59 pm (Eastern) on Sunday, 11 August 2019 by clicking here. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.