How to Get the Most Out of A Fellowship Experience

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. 

To accomplish this aim, the Hilton Prize Coalition offers a high level of professional support and engagement for each Fellow throughout their placements across the globe. In addition to receiving support from the Hilton Prize Coalition’s Fellows Coordinator, Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows work alongside some of the most prestigious NGOs in the world.  

Below are three ways that Fellows can make the most of this professional support during their time as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow. 

1. Write an impactful blog

Every Fellow writes a blog. These blogs are typically a reflection on the Fellow’s experience within the fellowship. Some Fellows choose to highlight their whole experience while others focus in on one particular experience or theme.  

Regardless of the approach, these blogs are an avenue for Fellows to promote their work, demonstrate their expertise, and flag to the humanitarian sector that they are a burgeoning leader.  

Outside of the Hilton Prize Coalition, these blogs can serve to advance a Fellow’s personal brand as they embark on career endeavors post-fellowship. Fellows can share the published piece on LinkedIn or even incorporate it into a portfolio. 

2. Use the Fellows Coordinator as a resource

Throughout an entire engagement with the Hilton Prize Coalition, a Fellow gets three standard check-ins with the Fellows Coordinator: an introductory call, a mid-point check-in, and an exit call. 

Outside of those structured conversations on progress, growth, and lessons learned, the Fellows Coordinator is available for more inquiries and chats with the cohort and alumni network along the way. If a Fellow is interested in connecting with another Laureate organization, the Fellows Coordinator can help! Or if a Fellow wants to connect with another peer in the alumni network, the Fellows Coordinator can help with that too! 

Think of the Fellow Coordinator as a connector and community builder. The Fellows Coordinator is here to ensure every Fellow leaves with more resources to succeed than they came to the fellowship with. 

3. Connect to your cohort and alumni network

Even though the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows are spread across the globe, bridging community is still an emphasis. Cultivating this community happens two ways: digitally and in-person.

Events are one way the Hilton Prize Coalition keeps the Fellows community thriving. Online and in-person fellowship events are convened on an ad hoc basis throughout the year, and Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to network and learn from each other.

There is also the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows & Alumni LinkedIn group. Fellows and alumni are encouraged to connect with each other on this platform to share career updates and thought leadership ideas. 

The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows alumni network will remain a part of a Fellow’s professional network for the remainder of their career. So, take advantage of these built in connections!

Other ideas on how to grow in the humanitarian sector? Email prizecoalition@charity.org

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows Program, the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, Global Impact. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

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