Organizations that would like to host a fellow must submit an Expression of Interest that outlines the general goals for the fellowship’s two years. This includes:
“[The Leland Fellow’s] performance has certainly put Land O’Lakes on the map as a quality designer and implementer of programs that make use of and focus on livestock. We wanted someone to do some work for us, and what we actually got was a highly skilled livestock expert who changed the way we thought about our programs.”
– Mara Russell, three-time Leland Fellow supervisor at Land O’Lakes, International Development Division
You will also be asked to indicate how the field and policy placements will build upon each other. CHC seeks field and policy assignments that are closely coordinated so that timely information from the field translates into appropriate policies that address the root causes of hunger.
Leland staff review the applications and select the placements that offer the most valuable fellowship experience.
The Leland staff welcomes the opportunity to discuss the feasibility of a particular project for a fellow, or to assist in structuring a successful work plan. Once a fellow has been placed, we depend on open and meaningful communication with field and policy supervisors to help ensure a positive fellowship experience for both the fellow and the host organization.
The application cycle to host a 9th class Leland Fellow (2017-2019) will look like this:
Oct. 3, 2016: Deadline to submit Expression of Interest in hosting a Leland Fellow www.hungercenter.org/fellowships/leland/host/. Leland Program staff will review your submission. If your preliminary application is accepted, your placement will be added to the pool of slots available for the 9th class.
Mid-October: The fellowship application goes live on CHC’s website. Applicants will be able to see a general overview of the types of placements available and apply to the fellowship in a certain subject area (agricultural value-chains, maternal and child nutrition, natural resource management, capacity building, etc.). They will not apply to a specific placement as in previous cycles. Fellowship applications are due January 6.
November-December: Leland staff talks with each host organization applicant about their application and placement parameters.
January 11, 2017: Draft Scope of Work for each fellowship year due. Placement locations set.
January-February: CHC reviews applications, interviews and assesses fellow candidates. We then match 1-2 top candidates with the placement best suited to their strengths.
March-April: The matched candidate or candidates and proposed host site talk and approve each other.
In the months leading up to the start of the fellowship the host organization and new fellow, with support from Leland staff, will develop a detailed work plan for the field year.
For previous host organizations, please note that the application process has changed significantly from past classes. The new process is designed to cut the amount of time that passes between when the host organization applies and when the fellowship begins as well as to ensure the best match possible between fellow and host site.