The George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of women around the world with an initial focus on women in the Middle East and North Africa. The purpose of the Fellowship is to empower and equip women to become effective leaders. Fellows develop leadership skills, exchange expertise, learn to advocate for social stability, and build civil society.
The country of focus for the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship is Tunisia.
Research shows that with a strong professional network, a woman is better able to prosper in her field and expand her influence. Recognizing the significance of networks, each Fellowship class is composed of 14-20 women from a single country. The Fellows represent six powerful sectors of society: education, health, business, politics, law, and media. Fellows build leadership skills during the program that they can share with their colleagues and friends, thereby broadening the women’s network.
A critical component of the Fellowship is mentoring. Prominent American women are paired with Fellows who share their same profession. Mentors commit to at least a one-year relationship, providing guidance, advice, and support.
The combination of coursework, hands-on skill development, sharing of best-practice models, mentor support, and network-building ensures that Fellows return home prepared to create significant and lasting changes in their countries.
Conditions Of Eligibility
Ideal candidates are leaders or "rising stars" who desire to improve their community and country. Women who meet the following qualifications are eligible to apply for the Women's Initiative Fellowship:
- Business/Economic Development/Entrepreneurship
- Civic Engagement and Public Service
To learn more and apply for the 2014 Women's Initiative Fellowship, click here.