Advocacy: Opportunity Roundup

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We’re happy to share a roundup of opportunities for organizations and individuals, curated by The Rural Assembly. Have something to share? Share your items here.

SNF Agora Visiting Fellows Program

SNF Agora is now accepting applications for its 2023-2024 Visiting Fellows Program through Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

The SNF Agora Visiting Fellows Program supports the institute’s mission of strengthening global democracy by enabling us to expand our reach and incorporate a broader range of people into our work. This program will identify and recruit a select cohort of fellows from diverse sectors, disciplines, backgrounds, and ideologies to join the institute to work with our permanent faculty, researchers, and students. Visiting fellows contribute to an academic community that is open and permeable—based at Johns Hopkins but reaching well beyond its walls.

SNF Agora Visiting Fellows come from academia, civil society, government, industry, media, the performing arts, and other fields. Projects typically run for one semester or less and could include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching a course or other training to students, the wider JHU community, or other publics
  • Authoring a case study for the SNF Agora Case Study on Democracy program
  • Hosting a community of practice around a particular issue facing democracies
  • Partnering with SNF Agora Institute faculty on research or other projects
  • Designing and organizing a conference, symposium, performance, or other public engagement
  • Developing other content or strategic opportunities for the institute
  • Offering guest lectures for student groups, SNF Agora and JHU faculty, or local publics

 To learn more about stipend amounts, benefits, eligibility, residency expectations, and selection criteria, or to apply, visit the website here. To learn about the 2022-2023 SNF Agora Visiting Fellows cohort, visit the faculty and fellows page.

Obama Foundation Leaders USA program

The Obama Foundation Leaders USA program is a six-month, non-residential leadership development program that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders across the country. Together, Leaders will accelerate positive and lasting change in their communities with a focus on strengthening institutions across sectors toward a more inclusive, participatory democracy. Applications are now open!

Appalachian Digital Equity Accelerator Grants

To accelerate broadband access across the Appalachian region, Connect Humanity has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to work with 50 of Appalachia’s least-connected communities, preparing them to build next-generation broadband networks. Learn more about how to apply.

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