Fellowship Information


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~ Dates in Ghana:  5 Weeks from 5/28 - 7/2

~ Dates in Kenya: 4 Weeks From 7/29 - 8/25


ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP IN KENYA


Blue Kitabu is collaborating with a small Maasai community near the Tanzanian border.  The community is building a school and have requested that we work with them to create a business model to keep it running and ensure future success.  The school is inside Ilkerin farm land in the Ilmarai location of the rolling Loita Hills and it's accessible to 15 big villages around it.  Because the location is so remote, students often face having to walk miles to school or not going at all.


Fellows will spend four weeks in the remote and stunningly beautiful Loita Hills either:


1) Devising a business model for the school.  Fellows will work with local students, teachers, parents and community members to find a useful and profitable solution to keep the school financially secure, which is becoming increasingly difficult with government funding alone.  Applicants with an interest in international business or sustainable development are encouraged to apply.  This project is done as a group and as such will require collaboration with peers and with a new community.


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2) Conducting independent research.  Our research theme this year is:  "Education, Health and Sustainable Development".  The theme is deliberately broad to invite topics that, while fitting within theme parameters, are also creatively considered from a variety of perspectives.  As such, applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should have a general topic or research question in mind throughout the application process.  If chosen, you will develop and elaborate upon it with the help of a Blue Kitabu mentor.  Fellows will begin building a foundation of research before arriving in country.  Feel free to send questions about viable projects to elizabeth@bluekitabu.org.



The fellowship in Kenya will conclude with a weekend safari camping excursion to witness the spectacular wildebeest migration which occurs from July through October as well as the vast variety of other wildlife that live in the area.



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ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP IN GHANA


We will spend five weeks in the beautiful Central Region of Ghana.  Fellows will be hosted at the Asuansi Farm Institute, a lush residential school located on one square mile of breathtaking farmland.  Established in 1959 as a joint project between USAID and the Ghanaian government, Asuansi has more than sixty years of experience providing comprehensive agricultural education to post-secondary school students.  Asuansi provides the perfect base for experiencing rural Ghanaian life and conducting meaningful research.


Our theme this year in Ghana is:  "Agriculture, Education and Sustainable Development".  The theme is deliberately broad to invite topics that, while fitting within theme parameters, are also creatively considered from a variety of perspectives.  As such, applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should have a general topic or research question in mind throughout the application process.  If chosen, they will develop and elaborate upon it with the help of a Blue Kitabu mentor.  Fellows will begin building a foundation of research before arriving in country.


The fellowship in Ghana will conclude with a weekend excursion to Mole National Park, Ghana's largest national park complete with African elephants, baboons and over 93 other mammals.


For more information on the Ghana fellowship you can get in touch with Megan Lambert (Megan@bluekitabu.org), one of the 2011 Summer Fellows and session manager this year or visit her blog from the summer:


www.meganlambertghana.blogspot.com



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ABOUT YOUR STAY


Upon arrival to their fellowship site, fellows should expect full and invigorating daily life.  We wake up to breakfast and a morning discussion and planning session each day.  All meals are cooked on-site, except when we are away on excursion or out doing research for the day, and fellows should expect to participate in preparing group meals. The day’s activities can be organized as a group or as individuals and should be carefully planned in order for each individual to get the best out of their experience.  Research will take place in the communities immediately surrounding each site. Mentors may assist with locating resources and developing research plans; however fellows are ultimately responsible for self-directing their own research. We will close each day with a check-in and reflection to share our experiences and discoveries over dinner.  Each room is furnished with bunks and holds two to three fellows. 


Part of your fee covers an excursion organized by Blue Kitabu.  The excursion in Kenya will be a camping safari to witness the wildebeest migration and other wildlife.  The excursion in Ghana will be to Mole National Park in the north of Ghana.  Group excursions are a fantastic way to see the country and create lasting memories with the group.  Additional excursions are optional and fellows are responsible for paying applicable fees and expenses, such as transportation, hotels, food, etc. 



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WHAT IS EXPECTED OF FELLOWS


1. Fellows will design an interesting and creative research project with practical relevance to agriculture, health and/or sustainable development if conducting independent research.  Fellows will design an innovative and relevant business model for the school in Kenya if part of the business design.


2. Fellows will work with a Blue Kitabu mentor until they are both satisfied with their research topic and/or plan.  


3. Fellows will begin research prior to departure and will continue with momentum upon arrival.  


4. Fellows will take the initiative to seek out resources and information in-country to support their project.  Research is done independently if doing an independent research project or as a small group if working on the business model.


5. Each fellow will write a brief update on their experience for the Blue Kitabu blog once per week.  


6. At the conclusion of the trip, research fellows in will produce a 10-15 page report to discuss their research process and findings.  Fellows working on the business  will produce a plan to discuss their strategy to prepare for potential funding opportunities for the business.


7. Throughout the duration of the fellowship, fellows will conduct themselves in a professional manner. 




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FELLOWSHIP COST


$2,800 for five weeks in Ghana


$2,950 for four weeks in Kenya



Cost Includes:


- All food and lodging on site and during organized excursions (on your own for additional excursions)

- Ground transportation to/from airport and travel in country for research and group excursion (not including personal excursions)

- Comprehensive Travel Insurance 

- Transport and lodging at weekend excursion site 

- Blue Kitabu representatives available on-site 24/7 

- Pre-Trip orientation, in country counseling and research mentoring


*** Fee does NOT include airfare or cost of visa and vaccinations ***


*** If you are interested in SURF funding from USC to cover the fellowship fee, you must apply separately: http://dornsife.usc.edu/surf ***


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DUE DATES AND SELECTION SCHEDULE


Within two weeks of acceptance: 50% of nonrefundable fee due to secure spot - Deposit in form of check or money order made out to Blue Kitabu and sent to:


Blue Kitabu

c/o Elizabeth Barreras

4 Emerson Place #607

Boston MA 02114


Mid-April: Fellowship Orientation


May 15th: Deadline for submission of research topic and outline (if doing independent research)


May 25th: Deadline for payment of remaining 50% of fee

 


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If you have any questions, please consult www.bluekitabu.org or email elizabeth@bluekitabu.org.


- The Blue Kitabu Team

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