• 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.

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

Fellows are selected among candidates who have demonstrated high potential by making significant early-career contributions to their organizations and to the field overall. A typical Fellow is a young professional who has recently graduated, is working in a Coalition organization or other NGO, or is a high-potential student completing his or her degree. Initial placements have been supporting joint Coalition member projects in Haiti, Senegal and Nepal, as well as selected assignments at the global and domestic level.

Key program elements

The Coalition members are building a program offering unparalleled opportunities to students and young professionals. The program is characterized by several unique attributes including:

  • Access to leadership of the Coalition members
  • Potential for field experience and direct exposure to Coalition member programs
  • Cross-cultural opportunities focused on students with diverse backgrounds, varying economic means, and inclusive of schools from the Global South
  • Emphasis on local ownership and development of Fellows in their countries of origin
  • Ongoing support and networking with peers and the Coalition community, including recognition at the annual Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize Symposium and award events each October in New York City

Fellow Qualifications

  • A passionate commitment to international development and humanitarian work
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Good presentation and public speaking skills
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet multiple quick deadlines
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Enjoys working in a multilingual, multicultural environment

University Partnerships

The Coalition is building a base of U.S. university partners to advance the Fellows Program and its placements. These relationships are valuable not only for access to exemplary candidates, but so universities could serve as a resource and knowledge base as the program establishes a pipeline for future leaders.

Institutions with strong programs in International Development, Public Policy, Public Health, Marketing/Communications and Non-Profit Management are welcome to partner with the Coalition. Currently, the Fellows Program network includes: American University, Boston University, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, the Washington Internship Institute and Webster University.

  • “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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