How to write a great application for Campaign Bootcamp

Applications for Bootcamp 11 are now open! The deadline to apply is 9am on Tuesday 22nd August 2017. Apply here.

I often get asked what we're looking for in a Bootcamper. The short answer is someone who will get the most out of the training we offer! A longer answer would be someone with the following:

  • A clear understanding of what you think you will get out of Bootcamp and some idea of what you will do with this.

  • Some campaigning experience - campaigning means many different things to different people. But if you are working to change something in the world, at whatever scale, chances are you are doing some campaigning of some sort.

  • An understanding of the bigger picture - how does your campaigning fit into the wider fight for a more just society?

  • Passion and commitment.

We prioritise people from from communities most impacted by injustice (for example, poor/low-income/working class, BME/people of colour, LGBTQ+, migrants, disabled) as well as those who campaign on issues that affect them or the communities they are from. This is because:

  1. We think these groups are less likely to have access to great trainings like ours!

  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced

  3. Campaigning works best when those on the frontlines of an issue are the ones to decide how to confront it.

Having applied for Bootcamp 4, I know how stressful writing applications can be... particularly as someone with an anxiety disorder. I want to make sure that the application process is as accessible and stress-free as possible. Here are some tips to help you write the best application you can:

My Guide To The Application Form

For each question we have set a limit of 200 words for your answer and I really recommend getting as close to that number as you can. Find out what kind of answers would get high marks below:

1. What campaigning are you involved in now? 

The best answers would:

  • Give evidence that you have been involved in some campaigning or activism (we're looking for people who have some experience, but still have a lot to learn).
  • Clearly explain your campaigning/activism goals. Why does your campaign matter?
  • Be specific about what you worked on when campaigning, not just what your broader group or organisation worked on.

2. What are you hoping to gain from Bootcamp?

The best answers would:

  • Give clear examples of concrete things you want to gain.
  • Refer to description of what we teach on the Bootcamp website and show how that relates directly to what you want to learn.

2. What motivates you to be involved in the specific campaign work that you do?

The best answers would:

  • Show passion and commitment!
  • Explain why you do the campaigning work you do - give us concrete examples that show knowledge of the issues you care about.
  • Show us that you have a sustained interest in campaigning.

4. What are you going to do with what you learn at Bootcamp?

The best answers would:

  • Give concrete examples of what campaigning you are planning to do after Bootcamp.
  • Explain how what we teach will impact your campaigning. 

To sum up...

  • Be specific. Use concrete examples of things you have done/would like to do in your campaigning and Bootcamp training might help.

  • Be personal. Tell us about you - what work you have done, what you believe and why you care. But...

  • Be mindful of the big picture. Tell us how your Bootcamp experience will not just impact you, but the wider issue on which you campaign.

  • Be clear and concise. Make sure you explain everything clearly. Don't use a lot of acronyms or assume we are already familiar with your field. 

One last thing!

On the application form, you'll have an opportunity at the end to mark all scholarships you want to put yourself forward for. There will be multiple tick boxes that you can select and you can tick all that apply to you. Just make sure that if you check an issue-based scholarship category, such as 'I work on environmental issues', you provide information about the work you do that is relevant to that scholarship. 

All the best with your application! If you have any questions about the application form or our selection criteria, please feel free to drop me an email on hello@campaignbootcamp.org

Bootcamp 11 will take place between Monday 17th and Saturday 21st October 2017.

Deadline to apply: 9am on Tuesday 22nd August 2017