HCDExchange operates an annual fellowship program where we place human-centred designers in host organizations working on adolescent and sexual reproductive health initiatives. Our vision: Make HCD+ASRH southern and youth-focused.
Designers gain experience working on ASRH challenges and advancing the HCD+ASRH field. In turn, host organisations are able to build HCD skills and capacities as applied to ASRH program design and implementation. In 2020, we will award one to two initial six- to nine-month pilot fellowships, one based in Sub-Saharan Africa and another in South Asia.
Fellows are expected to commit at least 15 hours a week to the fellowship and will be paid a monthly stipend. Please note that applicants must be based in a country in Africa or South Asia.
The Design Fellowship cycle and milestones are outlined below. Jump to the bottom of this page to see the Design Fellow application.
|12 August 2020||Design Fellowship opportunity announced at International Youth Day convening.|
|September 2020||Applications open for fellows.|
|23 October 2020||Application deadline.|
|October – November 2020||Match fellow(s) with host organisation(s). Scope(s) of work and contract(s) drawn up with host organisations. Fellow(s) and host(s) will be announced on December 1, 2020 and fellows will begin work on a rolling basis.|
|January 2021 – July 2021||Active Design Fellowship period. Ongoing documentation, communication, and participation in the HCDExchange community forum.|
|12 August 2021||Sharing of insights and community learning product at the Second Annual International Youth Day convening. Process for Fellowship Cohort 2 begins.|
Host organisations are selected by the HCDExchange secretariat. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a Fellow. Key criteria include:
- Identify a specific project and develop a scope of work, in collaboration with the HCDExchange and the fellow
- Commit to being part of a learning process, which includes participating in periodic retrospectives, contributing to the Fellow’s documentation and communication efforts, and participating in the community forum
- Demonstrate a commitment to meaningful youth participation
The profile of prospective Design Fellows includes:
- Mid-level HCD process, facilitation, and workshop design experience (3–5 years)
- Experience working with and for communities in the Global South to design interventions that address challenges in fields such as public health, poverty reduction, livelihoods improvement, or similar
- Ability to dedicate 20 hours/week to the fellowship, including work with the host organisation, producing ongoing documentation and communications, and developing a learning product for the broader community (formats and specifics TBD)
- Contribute to the HCDExchange community forum, with a special focus on mentoring emerging designers
Reside or have work authorization in the host organisation country (TBD; will be in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia)