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CONTENTS
Fellow News
Awards & Funding
Conferences
Information for Fellows
Networking & Communication Tools
Changemakers®
Volunteers, Interns, Partners

Fellow News Awards/Funding


EarthRight International Co-Founder Receives The 2010 Daniel Pearl Awards
2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award Deadline: January 15, 2010
The co-founder of Ashoka Fellow Katherine Redford‘s This competition honors the world‘s best cross-border
organization, EarthRight International, was awarded the investigative journalism. Held biennially, it is open to any
prestigious 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent professional journalist or team of journalists of any
Leadership. Ka Hsaw Wa, Co-Founder and Executive nationality working in any medium. To be eligible, the
Director of ERI received the award, also known as Asia‘s investigation—either a single work or a single-subject
Nobel Prize on August 31, in Manila, Philippines. Ka Hsaw series—must involve reporting in at least two countries on
Wa, an ethnic Karen from Burma, is being recognized for a topic of world significance. A five-member jury of
his defense of human rights, the environment, and international journalists selects the winners. Find details
democracy in Burma. here.

Senior Fellow Vicky Colbert receives WISE Award The Forum for African Investigative Reporters
The Escuela Nueva Foundation and its Executive Director, Deadline: January 15, 2010
Colombian Senior Fellow, Vicky Colbert, received one of FAIR is offering investigative journalists the opportunity to
the six WISE Awards given by the Qatar Foundation apply for a grant that intends to help further their research
Worldwide, in recognition of their exceptional and on a particular investigative story of their choice. Two
outstanding achievements within the theme of pluralism in grants of up to Euro 4,000 each are funded by the
education. The WISE Awards are committed to Netherlands Institute on Southern Africa (Niza), and are
showcasing and rewarding exceptional educational intended to be used by a journalist for an investigative
innovations of the 21st century. story that would not otherwise be published.

Sunitha Krishnan Delivers TED Talk Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship


Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women Deadline: January 15, 2010
and children from sex slavery. Watch this video produced This fund provides a biennial fellowship awarded to a
by TED to see Sunitha in action. TED is devoted to ―Ideas woman from the developing world for studies in fields of
Worth Spreading.‖ It started out (in 1984) as a conference peace and development. For details, click here.
bringing together people from three worlds: Technology,
Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become
ever broader along with its popularity.

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2010 STARS Impact Awards Tourism Cares Offers Worldwide Grant Program
Deadline: January 19, 2010 Deadline: February 1, 2010
The 2010 STARS Impact Awards recognize outstanding Tourism Cares, a nonprofit charity supported by the
organizations working in the areas of children's health, tourism industry, administers the Worldwide Grant
education and protection. Eligible organizations working Program to support worthy tourism-related nonprofit
with children in Africa, the Middle East, Asia or the Pacific organizations working to preserve, conserve, and restore
are invited to apply. Each Award carries US$100,000 of the world's natural, cultural, and historic treasures. Find
unrestricted funding as well as consultancy support. Find details here.
details here.
King Baudouin International Prize
Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Deadline: February 1, 2010
Deadline: January 22, 2010 This prize is awarded to individuals or organizations that
The Fellowship aims to develop a network of are making a significant contribution to the advancement of
entrepreneurs with a demonstrated interest in social developing countries. Find details here.
change and cross cultural dialogue. It is an endeavor to
create a new brand of both dialogue and social The Petra Foundation
entrepreneurship that allows for sustainable business Deadline: February 15, 2010
models to have far reaching impact. The ADR class of 2010 The Foundation seeks unsung heroes who deserve
will comprise mainly Muslim and Jewish fellows who show recognition for their distinctive contributions to the human
a proven ability in acquiring business skills and knowledge and civil rights, autonomy and dignity of others. While
derived from the humanities. In addition, they are required most Petra Fellows work in the United States, if you are
to demonstrate a shared purpose in using social considering a foreign nominee, please contact them before
entrepreneurship as a new bridge across the cultural submitting the nomination. Find details here.
divide. Find details here.
2010 Best Practices in Global Health Award
Quill Awards Deadline: February 15, 2010
Deadline: January 27, 2010 The Best Practices in Global Health Award is given
These awards recognize communication that crosses annually to celebrate and highlight the efforts of a public
communication disciplines - from professional health practitioner or organization dedicated to improving
communicators to strategists and tacticians. Deatils here. the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised
populations, and to recognize the programs that effectively
CNN Contest demonstrate the link between health, poverty and
Deadline: January 28, 2010 development. Find details here.
A contest for broadcast and print African journalists is
seeking works that appeared in printed publications or Grand Challenges Diagnostics
electronic media that are primarily targeted at and Deadline: February 16, 2010
received by an African audience. The contest invites works The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting
from African journalists. letters of inquiry for a new grant program to develop
point-of-care diagnostics for the developing world. They
Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program are looking to fund the development and optimization of
University of California, Berkeley novel, accurate, feasible technologies that are low cost,
Deadline: February 15, 2010 easy to use, functional at high temperatures and humidity,
The 2010 Summer Certificate Course is on Sustainable and do not require refrigeration, reagents, water or lab
Environmental Management and runs from June 25 until equipment. Find details here.
July 17, 2010. The course brochure and application may be The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship
downloaded from the website. Deadline: Rolling (next deadline is February 17, 2010)

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As always, Skoll is looking to provide funding and support International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize the
to social entrepreneurs who are ready to significantly individual accomplishments of young people (ages 8-16)
expand their work. They must demonstrate operational, whose personal actions have significantly improved the
programmatic and financial sustainability with a minimum environment. Find details here.
annual revenue of $1 million in developing countries and
$2.5 million in developed countries. Skoll is especially Red Ribbon Award: Celebrating Community
interested in applications from social entrepreneurs Leadership and Action on AIDS
working on five critical issues which threaten the survival Deadline: February 28, 2010
of humanity—climate change, nuclear proliferation, global This award honors and celebrates outstanding community
pandemics, conflict in the Middle East and water scarcity. leadership and action that has helped curtail the spread and
Award winners receive funding and an award at the annual impact of HIV/AIDS. Nominations will be accepted for
Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. You can community-based organizations and initiatives
read the award guidelines, take an eligibility quiz and fill out demonstrating outstanding leadership in increasing access
an application on Skoll‘s website. If you are an Ashoka to treatment, addressing social injustices, empowering
Fellow interested in applying for the Skoll Award, please women and girls, promoting prevention, and providing
write us at nominate@ashoka.org. support for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Find details
here.
Civil Courage Prize
Deadline: February 19, 2010 Global Fund for Children
This prize of $50,000 is awarded annually to a person who Deadline: rolling
exemplifies resistance to evil at great personal risk. Grants go to organizations whose activities work to
Nominations by Ashoka staff are invited. Find details here. address the root causes of problems facing underserved or
persecuted populations of children or youth and to
New York University Graduate Fellowship in Social empower these young people to become positive agents of
Entrepreneurship change within their communities. Please note that GFC
Deadline: February 19, 2010 does not accept unsolicited proposals. If you are interested
NYU is pleased to invite Ashoka Fellows to apply for the in a grant from GFC, please first read carefully about our
New York University Graduate Fellowship in Social grant-making program.
Entrepreneurship for Fall 2010. The mission of the
Reynolds Program is to attract, train, and encourage the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program
next generation of social entrepreneurs, and they are Deadline: consult local office
particularly interested in the experience and commitment Each year approximately 30 outstanding research scholars
to social change that Ashoka Fellows would bring to the and professionals are selected to participate in this
program. Find details here. program through an open competition. Of the thirty,
approximately two-thirds are visiting scholars from any of
Action For Nature International Young Eco-Hero the 140 countries with an operational Fulbright Scholar
Deadline: February 28, 2010 Program. Details regarding submission of applications and
Action For Nature, a nonprofit organization that in-country deadlines will be provided by the relevant
encourages young people around the world to carry out Fulbright office. Find details here.
individual environmental action projects, presents the

Conferences
None to tell you about this month, check back next month or keep an eye on the Ashoka Fellow Feed for the latest.

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Information for Fellows


Important message from Chris Susano, Thailand disability in such countries as Argentina, Spain, Ireland,
We're in the process of setting up Ashoka Singapore and Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Poland, Nigeria, Palestine and
while we don't have Fellows, we do have ASN members Egypt. The book can be downloaded in English here.
and the capacity to organize events. There are lots of Request from London Office
people who want to meet Ashoka Fellows and support As many of you know, the London office continues to
them, and we are happy to facilitate introductions. support international visiting Fellows. Silvia Giovanni is
We are seeing more and more philanthropic activity and looking after this program and any Fellows who will be
BSB initiatives coming out of Singapore. For example, UBS travelling through London in the coming weeks or months
will be holding its second consecutive Philanthropy Forum are encouraged to contact her. The earlier they are
in Singapore in 2010. It's going to be an important market contacted the more likely Ashoka will be able to assist.
for Asia in the next few years, so we are working to
establish a position for Ashoka there now. NEW! Young Champions for Maternal Health
Interested Fellows can contact me directly. Program
Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at
Ami Dar, the Director of Idealist.org EngenderHealth have partnered to transform the field of
Believes it's time for the world's idealists to maternal health globally. This new initiative, the Maternal
work together, online and in person. Idealist is looking for Health Young Champions Program, will use the
practical dreamers, the kind of people who love imagining Changemakers platform to identify 16 young leaders –
things before they exist and then making them happen. If called Young Champions – who will be mentored for nine
that's you, please join them at http://www.idealist.org/more months by leading Ashoka Fellows. Fellows addressing
issues related to maternal health can apply to participate in
From Anna Obem at Ashoka Poland this program and add a highly skilled Young Champion to
Ashoka (Dis)Ability Initiative is a unique example of a their organization for nine months at no cost to their
global Ashoka Fellows‘ collaboration. The idea initiated in organization. In addition, Fellows will receive a monthly
2007 by Polish Fellow Piotr Pawłowski and coordinated by stipend and considerable media attention for the duration
Anna Obem, resulted in publishing a book presenting the of the program. For more information, or to apply to host
work of 16 Ashoka Fellows from 14 countries. ―Creating a Young Champion, contact Claire Bangser.
Change: Innovations in the World of Disability‖ showcases Visit www.changemakers.com/maternalhealth to learn
innovative solutions to overcome barriers related to more about the competition launched last month.

Networking & Communication Tools


Open Toolkit for Social Venture and founder of the Global to Slideshare.net) designed to inspire
Entrepreneurship Youth Fund. He is finding ways to and guide young changemakers. Each
The Open Toolkit for Social creatively provide support for young short, interactive chapter presents a
Entrepreneurship was created by innovators by developing the Creative story, a best practice or a how-to
Charles Tsai, a former journalist for Activist Toolkit. The toolkit is guide that young leaders may find
CNN who is now Director of Virtual essentially an ongoing series of useful for their own work.
programming at Ashoka's Youth presentations (PDF booklets uploaded

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Changemakers®
Fellow Selected as Finalist in Rethinking Mental Health Competition
Congratulations to Ashoka Fellow Ratnaboli Ray for being selected as one of 12 finalists in the Changemakers "Rethinking
Mental Health: Improving Community Wellbeing" competition, from a field of 340 solutions submitted from 42 countries.
Ashoka Fellow Jose Lumerman served on the panel of judges who selected the finalists. "These finalists have proven that
communities worldwide will now have the resources and support to address mental health care needs," said
Changemakers‘ executive director Charlie Brown. "We are thrilled to highlight and encourage each solution and look
forward to continuing our efforts to radically rethink mental health."

How To Guides
Changemakers now offers "How To" guides for using SMS texting, social media, and gaining publicity through the
Changemakers website. Information in these valuable guides has been "crowd sourced." Download a copy or send them to
your colleagues to help all of us get change unstuck this year.

Upcoming Competitions
Check out Changemakers upcoming competitions on Social Business, Women and Technology, Maternal Health, Preventing
Gender Based Violence, and Inspiring Community Action.

Volunteers, Interns, Partners


Volunteers around the world. Executives and attorneys committed to
Need help with Strategic Planning? Fundraising? social change will spend 3, 6, or 12 months with an Ashoka
Translation? Volunteers can help! In-person assistance? Fellow‗s organization, working on a tangible project. In
Virtual help? Volunteer teams? Let us know what you return, they will experience social entrepreneurship in
need, and we‗ll help you find what you‗re looking for! action. Each placement is designed jointly by Ashoka, the
Please give specific details regarding your plans for using a law firm/corporation, and Ashoka Fellows for an intimate
volunteer and information about what type of work they‗ll set of participants. Placements are managed by
be doing, special skills required, time-frame, experienced and informed Ashoka staff, both on global and
accommodations available, etc. Email Beth Inabinett at local levels. For details, please contact Bruno Borges at
volunteers@ashoka.org bborges@ashoka.org

Interns
Would you like to advertise for a summer intern on the
Ashoka Volunteer website? Many capable undergraduate
and graduate students are visiting the website looking for a
way to get involved and gain experience in their field of
study over the summer. Contact Beth Inabinett for an
Intern Request Form at binabinett@ashoka.org

Executive in Residence Program


Ashoka‗s Executive in Residence Program connects
corporate executives and law firm associates with in-
country volunteer opportunities with Ashoka Fellows

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