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YouthMappers Leadership Fellowship

Undergraduate and graduate students who are members of YouthMappers chapters and are currently enrolled full-time in any field at an institution of higher education that has a YouthMappers chapter in good standing are welcome to apply.* Criteria for selection includes demonstrated leadership potential, technical abilities in open mapping, and good communication skills. Preference will be given to students from countries served by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.)**


Applicants will submit general personal background information and a brief description of an innovative idea that promotes leadership in YouthMappers. The idea can be about an activity already undertaken or about a potential idea to implement in the future. Students are invited to consider submitting ideas about one or more of the following themes, or other themes: youth leadership, open mapping techniques, data visualization, science communication, inclusive community participation, capacity building, and/or international partnerships.


YouthMappers will provide selected students with capacity training in open mapping techniques to help them enrich their home chapter activities and networking with other chapters. They will also receive professional development and leadership training, have access to mentoring by international experts and engage in an online community with the other participants. The program provides airfare, lodging, and some meals for a week-long workshop.


The group of students will together produce resources based on their experiences and the collaboration during the event that will be disseminated via the YouthMappers Resource Library. The official language for this initiative is English but editors will be provided by the program.


*Chapters in Good Standing have been formally approved and have submitted a an annual report form by the fellowship deadline or have been created and approved by the YouthMappers steering committee in 2018. There is NO LIMIT on the number of applicants considered per chapter, but the program may limit the number of selected participants for any given chapter or country in order to diversify participation.


**Preferred Countries include any country with USAID presence.



This program is organized by the YouthMappers administrative team at Texas Tech University, West Virginia University,

The George Washington University, and Arizona State University with funding support provided by the United States Agency for

International Development through the USAID GeoCenter, Award #AID-OAA-G-15-00007 and Cooperative Agreement Number: 7200AA18CA00015.