Peace & Security Funders Group, Graduate Fellow (Wash DC)

fall 2015  PSFG Graduate Fellow

The Peace and Security Funders Group has a part-time fellowship opening for the fall of 2015.  To apply for the position listed below,please send your resume and a short cover letter (no longer than one page) by email to Meredith Stricker, Program Director, at mstricker@peaceandsecurity.orgApplications must be received by August 21. The position has an associated stipend. 

Background     The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) is a global network of public, private and family foundations, and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. PSFG maintains an informed, engaged and collegial community of funders, whose numbers and investments in the field are steadily increasing. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy that’s focused on peace and security issues. To this end, PSFG facilitates the exchange of information and ideas; fosters collaboration; and provides educational opportunities for its members. PSFG also encourages new funders to join the field.

Currently, PSFG has 58 members (both foundations and individuals) who support a range of peace/security issues, including (but not limited to) conflict, genocide and atrocities prevention; nuclear nonproliferation, security and disarmament; women’s leadership in peacebuilding; and cyber-security, drones and other national security issues. Members fund various types of strategies – like advocacy and grassroots, think tanks and research-oriented institutions, and visual arts and storytelling.

Position Description

Title:  PSFG Fellow 
Reports to:  Program Director
Status:  Part-time (15-20 hrs/week) 
Stipend:  $250/month 
Dates:  September – December 2015 
Apply by:  August 21, 2015 
Location:  Washington, D.C. The Fellow will be expected to attend staff meetings twiceweekly, but will work remotely the rest of the week.  


·      Conduct research for PSFG Executive Director and Program Directors, including projects focused on gathering and utilizing data sets.
·      Work with qualitative survey data to develop charts and tables using Excel. 
·      As necessary and directed by PSFG staff, attend substantive events and meetings, take detailed notes, and report on outcomes.
·      Assist the Program Director with outreach efforts to key peace and security partners, including by conducting research.
·      Assist PSFG staff in supporting our four Working Groups (Nuclear, Conflict & Atrocities Prevention, Local Peacebuilding, and Women/Peace/Security).
·      Assist in the refinement of a PSFG social media platform focused on peace and security and PSFG-relevant events, resources, articles, etc. utilizing Hoot Suite and other technologies to streamline our process.
·      Assist Executive Director with administrative duties when requested (e.g., scheduling).
·      Other projects as they arise.

Learning Objectives
  1. Fellow will gain insight into the peace and security issue-area and its corollary philanthropic sector.
  2. Fellow will develop and improve practical skills, such as writing concise and effective decision memos; interpersonal skills; and time management.
  3. Fellow will gain insight into the D.C. policymaking world by attending events and meetings with the Executive Director, as appropriate.


·      Graduate coursework in related field (e.g., philanthropy, conflict, security studies, foreign policy)
·      Very comfortable with large research and data-driven projects
·      Impeccable written and oral communication skills
·      Excellent organizational skills
·      Proven experience with Microsoft Excel 
·      Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
·      Creativity, insight, and ability to “think outside the box”
·      Good attitude, diligent, and personable
·      Great sense of humor!

For questions or more information, please contact Meredith Stricker at (202) 351-6821, extension 3, or
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
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