United Nations Foundation Malaria Fellowship Program

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Applicants should be enrolled in a degree-granting program in an undergraduate school during the fellowship and have a demonstrated interest in global health, international development, and Jewish social justice values.

Application Deadline: 9:00am EST, December 4, 2013

Program Description:
The United Nations Malaria Fellowship Program is a semester-long program which aims to increase awareness about malaria among college students and empower them to act in support of malaria prevention, diagnostics, and treatments - especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.  UN Foundation Malaria Fellows will work under the Nothing But Nets campaign of the United Nations Foundation and will work in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.  The program will incorporate awareness-raising activities, advocacy, and fundraising in support of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Nations Foundation Malaria Fellowship Program will begin in January 2014 and continue through early May 2014.  The program is broken into four themes, by month:

  • January - fellows will focus on building relationships and raising awareness on campus, creating a core of student activists who will serve as their base for the remainder of the semester.
  • February - fellows and their core activists will focus on advocacy, asking other students to engage through signing advocacy cards, sending letters and emails, and calling their representatives in Congress to support lifesaving anti-malaria initiatives including the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • March - fellows will focus on direct advocacy which includes in-district meetings with their Members of Congress, to be coordinated by Nothing But Nets.
  • April - the semester-long fellowship culminates in campus-wide events throughout the month and on World Malaria Day (April 25th), which can include speakers, fundraisers, bed net displays on campus, etc.

Throughout the semester, fellows will also fundraise to help raise awareness and send insecticide-treated mosquito nets to Sub-Saharan Africa. Fellows will be expected to think creatively and appropriately about what methods they use to achieve each month’s objective with the involvement and support of the Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets.


Malaria Fellows should expect to spend 4-7 hours per week on activities related to the fellowship.  While both the Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets will offer continued support and guidance throughout the fellowship, individuals will be expected to be self-starting and self-reliant and should feel confident in their own ability to promote messaging, manage people and events, and schedule meetings and other activities.  

Fellows will work with program staff to set semester-long goals in January and will be expected to report monthly progress toward each goal.

There will be several mandatory events throughout the fellowship, including one live webinar at the beginning of January, a 2-day training in Washington, D.C. February 1-3 and six 30-minute phone calls throughout the semester to train fellows and provide ongoing support.

Please ensure that you are available on the dates of the training in Washington, DC before applying to the program. Flight, hotel, and most food expenses while in Washington will be provided. In addition, each fellow will receive a $300 stipend to offset activity and outreach costs on campus.

Benefits to Fellows:

Fellows will gain professional experience in grassroots fundraising, global development, and advocacy. Fellows will also have the opportunity to build professional relationships with Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets staff.

To Apply:

Click here to access the application. Please fill out the application in its entirety and upload a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this fellowship and why you are well-suited to it, along with a resume. Applications are due on December 4th at 9:00am EST. Please email vgrant@rac.org should you have any technical issues with the application.

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