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Women's Initiative Fellowship

Leadership Programming 

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Program Logistics

The Bush Institute's women's leadership programming includes travel to Dallas, Texas and the United Arab Emirates for intensive classroom study and site visits that demonstrate practical application of learned concepts. These experiences are aimed at developing foundational leadership skills utilized by successful leaders across multiple sectors and exploring free market principles that generate economic growth needed for widespread prosperity. Additionally, the program features online trainings to supplement in-person learning and experiences.

Throughout the program, participants will engage with inspirational leaders and distinguished experts from the private, public, academic, and nonprofit sectors.

Scholars are mid-career professionals from six countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia.

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To be considered for this program, all applicants must submit a completed application, including an outline of a Personal Leadership Project that will be started/continued during the program, a copy of your passport photo page, a copy of your visa page for visas if applicable for the United States and/or the United Arab Emirates, an updated resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation.

2018-2019 Schedule

For each accepted participant, the Bush Institute's women's leadership programming will commence in October 2018 and conclude in Spring 2019.

Opening Session: Dallas, TX | 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Saturday, October 27, 2018
Online Session #1: Half Day | 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Regional Session: UAE

 | Winter 2019
Capstone Week and Graduation: United States | Spring 2019

Program Cost

The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders from around the world can participate in this program at no cost.  Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the sessions are fully-funded by generous contributions from program partners and funders. 

How To Apply

Applications for this class are open from March 26, 2018 through April 25, 2018.

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The Bush Institute's women's leadership programming targets women for this program who share certain personal characteristics:

  • Demonstrated Leadership and Commitment to Advancing Economic Opportunity – Participants are committed to building on their established record of meaningful leadership to advance economic opportunity in their communities and countries and do not see this program as an introductory course on leadership.
  • Socially-Minded – Participants are service-oriented and passionate about the actions they take to advance economic opportunity in their communities and countries.
  • Eager to Receive Feedback – Participants willingly seek, humbly accept, and actively respond to feedback about their performance.
  • Accepting of Diverse Points of View – Participants welcome opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds or perspectives.
  • Experienced Professionals – Participants are accomplished professionals who have a breadth and depth of professional experience. Though quality is not easily measured in time, the majority of participants have 7+ years of professional experience that is outcome-oriented and are at a point in their careers where their participation will be felt for many years to come.
  • In Positions of Influence – Participants are expected to take action and make change in their communities or organizations.
  • Committed to the Program – The program is rigorous and intense. Over the course of the nine-month program, participants are required to commit to approximately 25 days of international travel. To qualify for consideration, applicants must be citizens or legal residents living and working in Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan Lebanon, Morocco, and/or Tunisia. 
Selection Process

Candidates will be assessed by their application submission, recommendations, and essays.  After review, select candidates will then be invited to participate in final interviews.  Interviews will be conducted in June 2018 and final acceptance notifications will be distributed by the end of July 2018.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Scheduling

Q: How often will I be required to travel and how many days of work will I miss?

AThe Bush Institute's women's leadership programming requires a commitment that includes multiple program sessions. During that time, participants meet for a two week opening session in Dallas, TX, which is followed by at least one, half-day online session and a five-day session in the United Arab Emirates. The program concludes with a one-week capstone experience and graduation in the United States. Please see the program schedule.

Please note that some participants may need to travel the day before a module begins in order to arrive in time for the start of the session. The Bush Institute's women's leadership programming is designed so that participants can remain in their jobs while in the program, but we encourage you to discuss the opportunity with your employer and ensure their support for the schedule that is required of accepted participants.

Q: I have a conflict with one of the scheduled module dates. Can I still participate?

A: Participants are expected to participate in all scheduled program events in their entirety throughout the duration.

Costs

Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No.

Q: What is the cost to attend?

A: The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders around the world can participate in this program at no cost. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully-funded, including a stipend that is provided to participants upon arrival, by contributions from program partners and funders.

Q: Are there travel costs that are not covered?

A: Participants’ meals outside of the session (while traveling, before or after the session, etc.) and any personal travel before or after the program are not covered.

Program Details

Q: Can I receive college credit hours?
A: This leadership development program does not qualify for college credit.

Q: Is this an accredited program?
A: This initiative is for leadership development and is not overseen by an accrediting body.

Q: What commitments are expected of alumnae?

A: Alumnae are expected to remain involved in the program through a variety of ways. This includes recruiting and mentoring new participants, sharing leadership experiences with new classes, and participating in follow-up interviews and surveys to measure program outcomes. Alumnae will also be encouraged to stay connected with each other, and provide valued support to the projects and initiatives pursued after their time in the program.

Q: I’m interested in the program, but can’t attend this year. How can I receive information about the program in the future?

A: Yes. Email WomensInitiative@Bushcenter.org to sign up for updates.

Qualifications

Q: Are men eligible for this program

A: No. At this time, the program is tailored specifically for professional women who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to expanding economic opportunity in their communities and countries.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age for participants?

A: Ideal candidates will have 7+ years of professional experience.  While there is no minimum or maximum age, participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in the program will allow them to put new knowledge and skills into practice for many years to come.

Q: Am I eligible to participate if I do not speak English fluently?

A: No. At this time, all aspects of the program are conducted in English, and thus participants are required to be fluent.

Q: If I have less than seven years of experience, can I still apply?

A: Exceptionally well-qualified candidates with less than seven years of experience will be considered for the program.

Q: I live overseas but I’m a citizen of one of the six eligible countries for this program. Am I still eligible to participate?

A: No, participants must be working and living in one of the six eligible countries for this program: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and/or Tunisia.

Q: Is a college degree necessary to qualify for consideration?

A: No, but participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in the program will allow them to put new knowledge and skills into practice for many years to come.

Nominations

Q: Can I nominate a participant for consideration?

A: Applications are open to anyone.  While nominations are not accepted, please share information of the program with candidates you believe are well-qualified.