CDLS 2016 Fellowship Programme

*Deadline now extended until Sunday 29 May, 2016*

2016 Fellows on Land and Security – Open for Applications Now!

(Rolling Application)

Apply here by May 20th, 2016. 

 

The annual Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS) seeks to connect experts and practitioners across disciplines (‘horizontal’) and hierarchies (‘vertical’) to create a shared understanding and vision for sustainable peace in the world’s drylands and degraded ecosystems, and to build the trust needed for effective collaboration on the ground and in ‘land-peace partnerships’. This can only be achieved with an inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach, including such diverse actors as business, political leadership, foreign donors, the development and security communities and the people of the drylands themselves. Not least, different religious groups need to peacefully work together. Creating a joint vision with all stakeholders encourages each school of thought, specialisation and hierarchy to contribute their best to a solution.

This year, we are initiating a new program for 2016 Fellows on Land and Security. We are looking for outstanding young and ambitious individuals with existing projects or reasonably developed project ideas that address solutions for land and security issues.

The CDLS each year draws key stakeholders from all over the world, and we would like entrepreneurs and innovators to be part of the discussion as well.

To apply as a Fellow for the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2016, you should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be older than 18 years old, although exceptions can be made for candidates with compelling projects/project ideas, or for those with strong expertise or experience in their fields.
  2. Have an interesting and feasible project or project idea. Your project could be already in the stages of implementation, or it could be in the early stages of planning. We will judge every project on a case-by-case basis based on its potential impacts and its feasibility.

Please note that an outstanding project idea is welcome. We do not require all applicants to have already begun implementing or delivering aspects of their projects

  1. Demonstrate strong passion for land and security issues. To better understand what is considered land and security issues, please visit our programme (which would continue to be updated) here. You may also find it helpful to explore the thematic areas and topics covered in previous CDLS in 2013, 2014, 2015.
  2. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork abilities.
  3. Demonstrate competences in communication and critical thinking.
  4. Demonstrate a passion for campaigning or activism, particularly with regards to land and security issues.

You may apply as an individual, or as a team.A team may be comprised of up to 4 individuals. Please read the information below.

Why should you apply to become a fellow?

Attending the Caux Dialogue and Land Security 2016 as a Fellow is a great opportunity:

  1. CDLS is unique in its ability to bring people together. Caux conferences emphasise a sense of community as well as addressing hard issues. For example, you will find yourself getting to know fellow participants in new ways as you cook or serve meals together. You would be uniquely positioned to talk to other participants on an equal and open platform. We have often received comments from past participants on the inspirational atmosphere at Caux conferences, which allows for conducive and creative discussions between participants. At the Caux Dialogue for Land and Security, we are proud of our traditional “Fireside Conversation” in the evening, which allows for discussion between young participants and environmental leaders.
  2. Entrepreneurship incubation and training. As a Fellow of CDLS 2016, we would provide opportunities and activities to help you incubate your project or project idea. There will be opportunities to seek direct feedback and mentorship from other select professionals attending the Dialogue.
  3. Public speaking and critical thinking training. We believe that the ability to converse and reflect are critical skills for a Fellow to successfully take their projects or projects ideas forward. At CLDS 2016, you will have the opportunity to receive tailored training in public speaking and critical thinking for the particular purpose of supporting your land and security project or project idea.
  4. Networking. At Caux, we are proud of the ability for our events to connect people from different backgrounds, disciplines and stages of professional development. The channels of communications at Caux are open and unfiltered.
  5. Exposure for your project or project idea. Outstanding project or project ideas would be able to exhibit at the Initiatives Fair at CDLS 2016. The Initiatives Fair, held in the evening of June 30th, 2016, is a marketplace for ideas and action on land management and trust building.

We will publicise new details of the fellowship programme here over the next few weeks.

What are land and security issues? Does my project or project idea qualify?

To better understand what are considered as land and security issues, please visit our programme (which would continue to be updated) here. You may also find it helpful to explore the thematic areas and topics covered in previous CDLS in 2013, 2014, 2015.

In general, the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security this year will focus on “the interaction between land degradation and migration”. We would welcome all project and project ideas that explore issues and solutions for land degradation and/or migration more broadly, or a more targeted area of concern within either land degradation or migration.

If you are uncertain if your project or project idea will qualify, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Wen-Yu Weng at cdls2016fellowship [@] gmail [dot] com. Please clearly indicate “Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2016 – Questions” in your subject title. Emails that do not do so will not be responded to.

 

How do I apply?

Please fill in the following application form here by May 20th 2016, 18:00 GMT time. Please note that you may apply as an individual or as a team. In cases where you apply as a team you need to fill in the form for each individual member, but your applications will be treated together.

All successful applicants would be informed of the outcomes of their applications by May 25th 2016 at the latest. However, we will assess all applications on a rolling basis and therefore we advise you to apply as early as possible.

There is no hard cap on the number of successful applicants we will accept. However, we will only accept applicants that have demonstrated a strong project or project idea that could realistically provide tangible, measurable benefits for land and security issues. The likelihood of acceptance will decrease with the number of successful applications we receive, so we advise you to apply as early as possible.

 

Would you provide funding and visa support?

We will provide a formal letter of support to assist with visa applications.

Financial support may be available to the most deserving applicants, on a case-by-case basis. As much as possible, we will work closely with all successful applicants to assist them find appropriate sponsorship or funding sources.

Please refer to the regular conference fees for Caux Conferences and the registration fee here.

 

Please send all inquiries to the Fellowship Co-Ordinator Ms. Wen-Yu Weng at cdls2016fellowship [@] gmail [dot] com. Please clearly indicate “Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2016 – Questions” in your subject title. Emails that do not do so will not be responded to.