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All Nationalities Insight Fellowship Program, USA – 2015

All Nationalities Insight Fellowship Program, USA – 2015

The Insight Fellowship Program was created in 2005 to foster a
community of global-minded individuals prepared to manage confl ict
effectively and contribute to their local, national, and international
communities. The Insight philosophy is that the ability to make
positive contributions is a function of the quality of one’s communication
skills, capacity for empathy, and self-understanding. To
promote these qualities, one-year Insight Fellowships are awarded
to exceptional individuals to:
Applications and placements are shaped by the Insight Fellowship Guidelines, which encourage original and refl ective
thinking, innovative approaches to managing confl ict, exposure to other cultures and customs, cultivation of
entrepreneurship and leadership, volunteering for the benefi t of underserved populations, and the development of a
compassionate disposition toward the world. The Fellowship includes a $25,000 USD expense allowance to support
multiple placements totaling one year, typically in three to four month blocks. Each Fellow is required to repay the amount
of the $25,000 allowance used through individual fund raising efforts, regenerating the funds to ensure support for the
next Fellow. This “pay forward” approach instills the values of sustainability and non-profi t entrepreneurship.
The fi rst three-month placement is at the Boston offi ces of Insight Collaborative and its affi liate, Insight Partners. During
this tenure in Boston, Fellows advance their understanding of the theory and practice of effective negotiation, communication,
and mediation; meet pivotal fi gures in the fi eld; attend workshops; receive personalized coaching; and see fi rst-hand how
international confl ict management professionals operate in the academic, non-profi t, and for-profi t sectors.
The subsequent nine months are divided into three foreign placements proposed and arranged by the Fellow.
Placements are approved by Insight Collaborative on the basis of safety and the extent to which they meet the
Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
Each applicant must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited college or university or in good standing to graduate prior to
the start of the Fellowship; (2) fl uent in English; (3) available and committed to serving 12 consecutive months from
the start of the Fellowship; and (4) dedicated to fulfi lling the purposes of the Fellowship Program and to prioritizing the
Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
Applicants are judged on the strength of their application and on their personal achievements, character, and abilities.
Experience related to the study or practice of confl ict management or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is preferred,
but not required. Insight Fellows must have strong academic and extracurricular portfolios.
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Insight Fellowship Guidelines
Study and promote effective
confl ict management
Make international
humanitarian contributions
Pursue self-refl ection and
personal development
Application Process
All completed applications submitted by the application deadline will be reviewed by Insight Collaborative. Finalists
will be invited to Boston for a Finalists Weekend in March consisting of an in-person interview, dinner, and a half-day negotiation
workshop. The next application deadline is January 15, 2015.
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Each Fellow must design a series of placements approved by Insight Collaborative. Although placements are
identifi ed and secured with the support of Insight Collaborative and its affi liates, Fellows are expected to take primary
responsibility for researching and negotiating their placements. Placements are evaluated on the degree to which
they meet the Insight Fellowship Guidelines.
The fi rst placement is a three-month internship with Insight Collaborative and Insight Partners in Boston, starting
on or about June 1. While in Boston, Fellows will:
1. Finalize placements and complete travel arrangements.
2. Study confl ict management by observing and, when appropriate, by participating in workshops, classes, mediations,
and other Insight activities coinciding with their placement.
3. Volunteer to support local confl ict management organizations (past examples include Harvard Law School’s Program on
Negotiation and Boston-area non-profi t mediation organizations).
4. Focus on self-development through coaching from Insight consultants and by participation in Boston-area activities
(past examples include SCUBA certifi cation and language lessons).
5. Do the primary work necessary to fulfi ll their obligations to future Fellows by writing grants and otherwise supporting
the Program’s fundraising efforts.
Fellows are expected to spend the subsequent nine months living and working in countries other then the United States
and their home country. These foreign placements are proposed and arranged by the Fellow.
Research Themes
Each Fellow must identify a broad theme to serve as a focus of study and refl ection throughout the Fellowship. Themes
must relate to the fi eld of confl ict management, be identifi ed by the Fellow, and approved by Insight Collaborative.
Within one month of their return from foreign placements, Fellows must submit a 30-page report and oral presentation on
their theme to Insight Collaborative.
Examples: Methods of confl ict resolution; patterns of reciprocity; bargaining practices and strategies; methods of
creating trust; creating relationship and community; improving communication; and reconciliation.
Journal Writing
Each Fellow is obligated to maintain an electronic journal. Journal entries are posted on the Insight Collaborative
website throughout the Fellowship on a bi-weekly basis. In addition to encouraging refl ection and thoughtful
communication, journal submissions facilitate regular contact between each Fellow and Insight Collaborative.
Fellowship positions are created with the help of grants and generous support of individual donors and donor organizations.
Once formed, positions are maintained through further grants and fundraising efforts of the Fellows. With the support
of the Insight Collaborative, each Fellow is expected to “refi ll the pot” by writing grant proposals and by fundraising,
primarily during their Boston placement. Pursuant to the Guideline of Sustainability, Fellows benefi t from the work of their
predecessor and provide for their successor. As a result, a donor’s original one-time contribution toward the creation of a
Fellowship position regenerates to keep that position available to a new Fellow each subsequent year.
If you or an affi liated organization is interested in sponsoring a Fellowship position, please contact us.
Insight Fellowship applications are evaluated in part on the degree to which
proposed placements meet the Insight Fellowship Guidelines described
below. Examples are intended to stimulate ideas rather than limit possibilities:
Effective Communication: Focus on theory and skills related to communicating effectively, and to facilitating the
communication of others.
Examples: Teaching workshops on handling diffi cult conversations; developing foreign language skills; researching
articles on understanding communication; mediating disputes; fostering relationships among entities with little or
poor communication.
Global-Mindedness: Cultivate an awareness, appreciation, and respect for the similarities and differences among the
world’s peoples, cultures, traditions, and places.
Examples: Living far from familiar places and people; experiencing a variety of cultures, geography, and activities unique
to different parts of the world.
Self-Refl ection: Engage in activities that promote increased self-awareness, including an improved understanding of your
psychological, emotional, and behavioral patterns.
Examples: Receiving individualized coaching on confl ict management skills; reviewing recordings of your own teaching
efforts; participating in workshops designed to increase awareness; going on a week-long monastic retreat; hiking
in the Himalayas.
Volunteering: Engage in acts of giving for the betterment of others without compensation.
Examples: Serving as a workshop or teaching assistant; providing free teaching or confl ict intervention services;
participating in community service projects.
Entrepreneurship: Practice the collaborative leadership qualities necessary to create change and implement ideas.
Examples: Helping small confl ict management fi rms develop new business; generating new business affi liations among
organizations; participating in the formation of a new business venture; organizing people to further a specifi c objective.
Multi-Layering: Look for ways to have multiple experiences or meet multiple interests simultaneously.
Examples: Teaching English as a volunteer while studying a local language; developing contacts while exploring a city; writing
grants, meeting industry professionals, and taking SCUBA certifi cation in one day; testing a new technique while mediating.
Sustainability: Minimize the negative environmental effects or costs of your actions on the world and on others.
Examples: Improving, or at least not damaging, the relationships among organizations you encounter; leaving a physical
space, from offi ce to campsite, cleaner than it was when you arrived; replacing funds used for placements so others can
do the same.
Education: Engage in personal learning opportunities, and facilitate learning in others.
Examples: Teaching workshops; promoting confl ict management conferences; helping design, revise, or test classroom
materials; encouraging individuals to seek individualized coaching; writing an article for an academic journal or
popular magazine.

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