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2019 Conference Fellow Applications

Call for Applications – 2019 Conference Fellow – 2019 Applications Closed

Apply to be a Conference Fellow for the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) 2019 Annual Conference!

Are you a graduate student studying philanthropy and interested in an opportunity to be part of an international conference on philanthropy targeting Africa? 
Are you junior program staff at a grantmaking organization with limited opportunities for learning more about philanthropy targeting Africa?

Application Deadline: March 11, 2019. Only on-line applications will be accepted. 

About the Conference Fellow Program

Each year the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) organizes an annual conference that is the only regular meeting in the United States specifically for funders interested in Africa. The 2019 Annual Conference, “Disrupting Silos, Connecting Conversations, Creating Impact:  Part II – Exploring the Why” will be held May 1-2, 2019 at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City.

AGAG is committed to providing professional development opportunities to encourage interest in philanthropy and in Africa. So each year AGAG invites applications for two to four Conference Fellows who work as part of the conference team.

Fellows provide administrative and logistical support for the conference and receive the opportunity to meet professionals working in philanthropy, attend conference sessions, and to deepen their understanding of current issues and trends.

This is a non-paying opportunity and Fellows are responsible for their transportation and lodging costs. Meals provided include continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks on both days.

Please note that AGAG has a strict no-solicitation policy for all our activities. Fellows must refrain from fundraising or soliciting funding during and after the conference. This is not a fundraising opportunity.

Who Can Apply?

  • Graduate students enrolled in academic programs related to philanthropy and/or Africa.
  • Junior grantmaking program staff of organizations eligible for membership who would not otherwise be able to attend.


  • Please note that staff of eligible organizations with responsibility related to fundraising are not eligible.
  • Previous Conference Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Time Commitment

  • Participate in a one-hour orientation video call on April 11 from 1-2 pm EST.
  •  Attend the Conference from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm on May 1 and 2.


Fellows will perform a range of duties to ensure the smooth running of the Conference, including but not limited to: greeting and assisting participants, taking notes, monitoring sessions, room setup/breakdown, registration, and distributing materials. Appropriate business attire is required.


  • Ability to be on time, take instruction, and follow through
  • Excellent written and oral communication, including command of English language
  • Proficiency in using a computer (Word and PowerPoint)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a pleasant attitude, and good work ethic
  • Willingness and ability to handle the range of tasks assigned
  • Interest in Africa and philanthropy

How to Apply

  • Name, telephone number, and email address of a professional or academic reference.
  • Upload a statement of interest (no longer than 600 words in Word or PDF format) explaining why you would like to be a Conference Fellow and how the experience will enhance your academic or professional career.

Selection Process:

Applications are reviewed and finalists are interviewed via video conference call. Based upon the results of the interviews the 2019 Conference Fellows are selected.

Important Deadlines
March 11 Online Application Deadline
March 20 Finalists are notified
March 25 – 29 Finalists are interviewed via video conference 
April 4  Selected Conference Fellows are notified via email
April 11  Orientation Call via video conference 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST 
May 1 and 2  Conference Fellows report at 8:00 am for 2019 Annual Conference