How does the Williamson Trust Fellowship work?
Through the generosity of the Williamson Trust, Davidson College will provide one graduating senior from the Class of 2013 with a $25,000 fellowship for a year-long immersion with a LGBTQ Advocacy non- profit organization. The organization can be domestic or abroad. As one of the sponsored fellowships, this award will not go to someone working directly for the Williamson Trust, but instead to an applicant who is able to identify and secure placement in an applicable organization.
Applicants must identify an organization in which the primary focus is LGBTQ Advocacy and where the Fellow would serve under the mentorship of the agency head or another significant leader within the organization. The agency will provide the Post-Graduate Fellow with salary and benefits for a 12-month period beginning in 2013. Davidson College will contribute $25,000 towards the Fellow's salary.
Applicants should submit the following to the Associate Director for Employer Relations in Career Services:
Position description: Provide a detailed description of the proposed position, including specific duties and responsibilities to be undertaken. Describe the specific LGBTQ issues you will be working on with the agency and how they fit in with larger national or international issues of concern.
Personal statement: Describe (in three pages) why you wish to undertake this opportunity, including reflection on how it relates to previous experiences and to exploration of long-term goals. Applicant should identify and talk about the advocacy issues they will be working on and how they fit within the larger context of LGBTQ advocacy.
Résumé: Provide a professional résumé which lists academic studies and co-curricular activities, leadership positions, and accomplishments or awards.
Information needed from sponsoring organization or agency:
Name and address of organization/ agency that would employ you.
Name and title of supervisor
Statement listing the primary mission of the agency
Proposed dates of employment (must be 12 months, beginning in 2013)
Letter from organization or agency: Candidates should supply a letter from the prospective supervisor in the organization/agency indicating willingness to employ the Fellow under the terms indicated.
Application deadline: February 15 (or until awarded)
A Committee organized by the Vice President for Student Life/ Dean of Students will review written applications and schedule interviews with selected candidates during the last two weeks of February, with the intention of awarding the Fellowship by March 1, 2013 or as soon thereafter as feasible.