When will the 2022 Fellowships commence?
We hope to interview and finalise the application process by the end of November with successful applicants starting in February 2022.
How many positions are there?
There will be a total of six positions in 2022, three Anne Kantor Fellows (General) and three Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalists Fellows.
I am an international student, can I apply?
Anyone who has a working visa and the right to live and work in Australia and can complete the 12-month program can apply.
Can people who identify as women apply for the Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalists Fellowship apply?
Can I work remotely?
No. To get the most out of the program you need to be working in the office with other staff – listening, learning, and watching how they work.
Can I work part-time?
Yes. If you cannot work full-time, you can work part-time for the equivalent 12-month period.
Can I continue to study while I work?
We highly recommend that to get the most out of the program, you do not study at the same time as the time and work commitment for the Fellowship is quite intense.
Can I work somewhere other than Canberra?
No - all Fellows in 2022 will be located in Canberra.
How does the “partnership” with other organisations work?
The Australia Institute will partner with other organisations to deliver the program in two different ways. Firstly, you can be a Fellow employed by The Australia Institute and, as part of the program, you will get to work at a partner organisation for a short period of time – similar to work experience. This placement could be for a period of time (for example six weeks), or it could be to work on a specific project (maybe a submission on a change to Climate and Energy Policy being prepared by the other organisation).
Alternatively, you could be employed by another organisation and spend time working at The Australia Institute – either for a set period of time or for a project. Basically, the opposite of the first option.
If I get the job, who will I work for?
It will depend on your background and interests. For example, if you have a strong interest in the environment and have a law degree you might like to work in environmental law. It will be something that we will talk to you about as part of the recruitment process.
Who are the 'partners'?
The types of organisations that have expressed an interest in working with us include arts and media organisations, environmental lawyers, anti-nuclear groups, social justice organisations, unions, sporting groups and other like-minded groups.
What training will be involved?
In addition to the 'on-the-job training' - researching and writing reports, meeting with key stakeholders, learning how to plan a project and manage your time etc - there will also be a formal ‘in-house’ training program implemented and run by The Australia Institute. The program will include sessions on climate and energy, advocacy and corporate governance, to name a few.
Training sessions are held for 1½ hours about every two weeks (either by Zoom or in the Institute’s Canberra office) and Fellows are required to attend.
What is the Australia Institute Alumni?
The Australia Institute Alumni is a group of current and former Fellows, graduates, interns, and staff who come together twice a year to catch up and build networks within the social justice and advocacy community.
What impact will COVID-19 have on the program?
We are conscious of the need to manage the impacts of COVID-19. For us, the biggest impact has been the inability to travel, but we have adapted by holding meetings on Zoom rather than in-person and working from home when we have been required to do so.
As the situation evolves, we will continue to listen to the health advice and adapt our systems and processes to manage whatever changes we need to make.