Varkey Foundation Fellowship Program

Deadline: 8 July 2016
Open to: candidates who are self-starter who are able to work unsupervised and who want to make a difference in education
Fellowship: salary of GBR 20,000 for the period of the contract


The Varkey Foundation is offering four exciting 7 month paid Fellowships to start in September for recent post-graduates with a passion for making a difference in education and contributing to make the GESF a success. The Varkey Foundation addresses global teaching capacity and seeds excellence in the next generation of educators.

As part of their advocacy programs, the Varkey Foundation hosts The Global Education and Skills Forum annually in Dubai. The event encourages delegates from all around the world to network, debate and discuss all matters concerning education. Each year, the Forum focuses on certain themes, and last year’s theme was ‘how can we make education everyone’s business’.

In addition to shared learning activities, each Fellow undertakes a programme of personal and professional development. The structure of the Fellowship depends on the development needs and aspirations of the individual and includes:

  • Group workshops with the Fellowship cohort (focusing on areas such as fundraising and philanthropy, public engagement, strategic planning and event management);
  • Intensive on the job learning;
  • Extensive coaching and mentoring;
  • Networking with education leaders.


This is a work from home fellowship open to applicants from all over the world who are:

  • Self-starter who can work unsupervised;
  • Someone who wants to make a difference in education;
  • Able to present ideas clearly and convincingly;
  • Skilled in tangible delivery;
  • To be able to juggle multiple tasks in one go, with the knowledge of what to prioritise;
  • Ability to work with different geographic markets and levels of colleagues;
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work demands across GESF activities;
  • Being able to work in a fast paced environment to develop solutions;
  • Have high attention to detail in order to identify errors and inconsistencies if necessary.


  • The fellowship will pay a salary of GBR 20,000 for the period of the contract;
  • Fellows will receive continuous support and guidance from the team, with constant communication;
  • The Fellowship will involve travel to Dubai for up to four weeks in the lead-up to the GESF conference;
  • This opening provides Fellows with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the education and philanthropy sector.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and a one page cover letter to, outlining your motivation and suitability for the role, no later than 8 July 2016.

Please note that candidates will be interviewed during this time, so early application is recommended. If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to a two stage interview process.

Fore more information, please check the official call.

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