2022 Peacock Fellowship

Purpose

The CFK Peacock Fellowship offers UNC students the opportunity to apply their skills and talents to engage in participatory development in Kenya. The fellowship is an immersive, global experience at CFK’s office in Nairobi, Kenya- COVID permitting. Fellows will work directly with Kenyan staff to execute projects, designed collaboratively, that seek to strengthen our programs and provide mutual benefit to the organization and fellow.  

The year-long fellowship begins in the spring semester with project formulation, collaborating with CFK staff in the US and Kenya. Fellows participate in a pre-departure orientation before leaving for Kenya. In the summer, fellows will travel – COVID permitting – to Nairobi, Kenya and spend at least eight weeks implementing their project or carrying out their work. During the fall semester, fellows will complete final reports and engage in campus outreach activities to help raise awareness of CFK’s global impact. The fellowship provides a stipend of $7,000 for graduate-level students and $5,000 for undergraduate-level students to support the costs of international airfare, in-country transport, and housing. 

Eligibility

This fellowship is for UNC graduate, undergraduate, or PhD students who can help develop sustainable projects or conduct equitable research in collaboration with CFK staffStudents must be returning to UNC the following semester after their summer engagement (i.e., graduating students who matriculate in the Spring of 2021 are not eligible). 

Focus Areas

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Focus: The Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Fellow will support our program staff to develop evaluation tools and data systems for monitoring and evaluating CFK programs; develop and conduct research on a mutually beneficial research topic of interest; or we can work together to tailor this fellowship to your skill sets. 

Education Focus: The Education Administration Fellow will work with our US and Kenyan staff to develop and execute a scholarship program designed to develop young leaders who are engaged in learning and giving back to their community. Education research projects or policy development can be explored based on the needs of the organization and interests of the fellow.  

Create Your Own Project: We also welcome applicants that wish to bring their unique skills and interests to CFK to conduct research or implement short-term projects in Kenyan informal settlements that relate to our focus areas of female empowerment, sexual and gender-based violence, nutrition, health, education, economic empowerment or livelihoods training, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), or maternal and child health.  

Fellowships available: 2

Application & Selection Process and Timeline

  • Application Opens: January 12, 2022 
  • Application Deadline: 11:59 EST on February 1, 2022  
  • Applications are reviewed by past fellows, UNC faculty, and CFK staff and board members.
  • Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by the end of February. 
  • Finalists will attend a short interview with Kenya staff via Zoom.
  • Selected fellows will be notified by mid-March. 

Deadline to Submit 

All application materials should be uploaded to our application portal linked here no later than 11:59 PM ET Tuesday, February 1, 2022 

Online Application Form & Materials Required for Submission

Online application form and materials required for consideration: 

  • Complete the online application form which consists of demographic and education information, short essay questions, and a section to upload the documents listed below.  
  • Upload your CV/Resume and cover letter explaining why you are applying for the fellowship with CFK, your future goals, and your area(s) of interest in PDF format.  
  • Upload two professional or academic reference letters in PDF format.  

Please note, our application form does not save your work. We strongly suggest saving your work on a separate document until you are ready to submit your application. For your convenience, you can view a PDF version of the application questions here.  

Review Criteria/Evaluation of Applicants

CFK staff from both the US and Kenya, along with past Peacock Fellows, UNC Faculty, and board members will select fellows based on how prepared and qualified they are to work with CFK to better themselves and the organization. We will pay close attention to the applicant’s interest areas, past experiences, and future goals to assess the impact this fellowship can have on the applicant’s and organization’s goals with preference given to those with a demonstrated interest in global health, education, or one of our other focus areas.  

All applicants must possess the ability to work independently, efficiently, and reliably with demonstrated research and cross-cultural communication skills. Although the fellow will further develop their intercultural competency, they must exhibit a high level of cultural sensitivity and self-awareness to work well with others. 

Award Requirements

  • Bi-weekly reports and/or calls to US staff
  • Final report of project findings  
  • Two written blogs surrounding the student project activities, lessons, and reflections, one mid-fellowship and one final to be published on CFK’s website 
  • Attendance at campus outreach events (seminars, lunch series, info sessions, etc) about your fellowship experience with CFK 
  • Participation in CFK Alumni Network activities 
  • Support CFK fundraising efforts on campus and digitally 

Questions

Email fellowship@carolinaforkibera.org or attend our information session on Thursday, January 20th at 5:00 PM via Zoom. If you are unable to make it at that time, please send questions in advance to fellowship@carolinaforkibera.org and we will share the recording.  

Reflections From Past Fellows

CFK Peacock Fellow Michelle Ikoma in Kibera
Swapping My Stethoscope for Spreadsheets
As a first-year medical student, Michelle Ikoma supported CFK's nutrition team during her time as a Peacock Fellow in Kibera. She reflects on the importance of both business in medicine in the healthcare field.
CFK Peacock Fellow Anna Degrauw in Kibera
Community Development is a Way of Life
Anna Degrauw supported CFK's Binti Pamoja Centre during her time as a 2018 Peacock Fellow. She discusses what she learned about the "strength of the community in Kibera."
CFK Peacock Fellow Ashley Coleman in Kibera with Mercy
#KaribuKenya – The True Spirit of Community Development
Social work student, Ashley Coleman, joined CFK as a Peacock Fellow during the summer of 2018. She reflects on her experiences and what they taught her about community development.

About the Organization

This fellowship is administered by CFK in collaboration with the UNC African Studies Center.  

CFK exists to improve public health and economic prosperity in informal settlements. Headquartered in Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya, CFK is based on a model of participatory development, CFK supports Kibera residents through integrated primary healthcare facilities, education and livelihoods initiatives, and youth empowerment programs. Co-founded by a UNC student in 2001, CFK is a UNC Affiliate organization and a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the U.S. and a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kenya. Visit www.carolinaforkibera.org to learn more about what we do.

The UNC African Studies Center works to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa. Their activities include sponsoring a wide variety of activities, bringing together interested faculty and students from a large number of academic disciplines. They focus on interconnected issues of political change, expressive culture, gender, sustainability, health, and Islam.