Fellowship Resources

Fellowship Resources

These resources were created to help Student Schoalrs and Graduate Scholars learn more about the WMI Fellowship program. WMI Scholars are encouraged to join existing groups and begin their own in new nations. Learn more about WMI Fellowships by clicking on the frequently asked questions below.

WMI South Sudan Fellowship, April 2017 Meeting

What is a WMI Fellowship?
A WMI Fellowship is a group of WMI Scholars, both Students and Graduates who are committed to supporting one another and creating positive change beyond their individual communities – reaching every corner of their nation.
What is the objective of the WMI Fellowship program?
The WMI Fellowship program was created to connect WMI Scholars who have been brought together through the Educate (scholarship) element of the Scholar’s Journey. The program provides WMI Scholars with the unique opportunity to expand their social and professional networks. These groups are founded by the Scholars themselves and have led to the building of support systems that provide networking, mentorship and the hosting of group community service projects and activities throughout nations.
Who can start a WMI Fellowship?
Any WMI Scholar (Student or Graduate) can take on the initiative to start a WMI Fellowship within their home nation. There is a limit of one WMI Fellowship per nation.
What WMI Fellowships already exist?
There are currently six WMI Fellowships. WMI Scholars in Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda have created strong organizations. If you are a Scholar from one of these nations and would like to join the group, WMI can provide you with the leadership’s contact information.
What is the benefit of creating a WMI Fellowship?
As a WMI Scholar, you will have the opportunity to not only be a leader within your community and at your university, but also for your nation. These national groups bring together WMI Scholars from all academic areas and diverse backgrounds. Together, WMI Fellowships work to create unity among all WMI Scholars in the nation and find opportunities to do more through the combined knowledge and experience of fellow members.
Who is in charge and runs each WMI Fellowship?
You are! Fellowships are inspired, created, designed, managed and lead by WMI Scholars. The most successful WMI Fellowships have been those with a clear and documented leadership structure. WMI Fellowships either hold elections at their initial formation or appoint interim leaders for one-year and then hold formal open elections in the following year.
Does a WMI staff member support WMI Fellowships?
Yes, all Fellowships receive mentoring from the WMI Graduate Scholar Coordinator. Contact Nicole at nicole@wellsmountain.com
Are their specific responsibilities WMI Fellowships must complete?
Yes, WMI is invested in your success as a leader and for the WMI Fellowship to be an inspiring network for all members. For WMI to best support WMI Fellowships and create new tools, resources, sub-programs and aid in the development of each group, Fellowships are required to submit update reports to WMI.
Meeting Reports: WMI requires that a formal report be submitted after each in-person group meeting. The WMI Fellowship Meeting Report is a simple Google Form that requests details about:

  • When the meeting was held
  • Attendance
  • Activities
  • Expenses
  • Future Plans
  • Photos and any other supporting documents
  • Annual Survey: In early January of every year a formal WMI Fellowship Annual Survey is requested from each Fellowship. The purpose of this survey is to reflect on the past calendar year and learn about accomplishments, successes and challenges faced by the WMI Fellowship.

What type of meetings and activities do WMI Fellowships organize?
You are! Fellowships are inspired, created, designed, managed and lead by WMI Scholars. The most successful WMI Fellowships have been those with a clear and documented leadership structure. WMI Fellowships either hold elections at their intial formation or appoint interim leaders for one-year and then hold formal open elections in the following year.

  • Group community service activities
  • Professional skill building workshops
  • Hosting guest speakers
  • Networking events
  • Leadership planning meetings
  • Fun social activities to get to know one another and welcome new members
I want to start a WMI Fellowship in my nation, what do I need to do?
Only WMI Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars can form a WMI Fellowship. If you would like to begin a WMI Fellowship in your nation, follow these steps:
1.  Complete the Application to Start a WMI Fellowship form.
2.  Nicole Schmitz, Graduate Scholar Coordinator and coordinator of WMI Fellowships will connect with you via email to discuss your responses.
3.  Read the WMI Fellowship Handbook
4.  Recruit at least two other WMI Scholars to be members of the founding leadership team.
5.  Complete the documents required in the WMI Fellowship Handbook and send to Nicole Schmitz.
6.  These documents will be reviewed by Nicole and once approved, you should begin planning to host your first in-person  meeting!
7.  Upon completion of your first in-person meeting, complete a Fellowship Meeting Report and then your Fellowship will soon be inaugurated as the newest nation to have a WMI Fellowship!

 

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