• The Fellows Program

Fellows Program


The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program seeks to develop a robust pipeline of leaders who possess not only subject matter skills and expertise, but also the soft leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and who understand and value the importance of collaboration for humanitarian and development organizations to increase effectiveness throughout the sector. 

Fellows engage in myriad ways with a variety of topics that span the international development and humanitarian sectors. Past placements have supported Coalition member projects in more than 11 countries across four continents. Fellows have completed desk research on women’s land rights, data collection around intergenerational health policy, and fieldwork for nutrition innovation in West Africa, among other projects. 

Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows have the opportunity to work alongside one or more Coalition member organization and, upon successful completion of the program, join other program participants in the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Alumni Network. 

Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows have demonstrated high potential by making significant early-career contributions to their organizations and to the field overall both during and following their placements.

Key program elements

Through the unique expertise of each Coalition member, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program offers unparalleled opportunities to studentsyoung professionals, developing leaders, and established professionals in the sector. The program is characterized by several unique attributes including: 

  • Access to leadership, mentorship, and cross-cultural opportunities at best-in-class organizations 
  • Direct exposure to Coalition member programs in the U.S. and abroad 
  • Collaborative professional development through the Alumni Network and speaking opportunities 
  • Online training for humanitarian workers through DisasterReady 
  • Communication skills-building through opportunities to author blogs

  • “I could not have asked for a better way to start my professional career than working at Global Impact. A month into my fellowship I had created a survey for a client, worked on a benchmarking report, and conducted research to support the Hilton Prize Coalition. I was able to develop my office skills, knowledge of global development and fundraising practices.”

    –Madeline Soukup, Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Summer/Fall 2015

  • “My trip to Lima was a profound experience. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to help others whilst learning so much about Peruvian language, culture, and health issues. I have definitely changed my opinions on some global health issues as a result of the trip and I hope to return and continue doing this kind of work in Peru and elsewhere around the world.”

    —Meher Raza, 2015 Fellow

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