In the political context of Fortress Europe, BREXIT, a refugee 'crisis' and Trump, it's as important as ever that refugee, asylum seeking and migrant voices are listened to in these times of heightened xenophobia. That's why I'm happy that once again we able to offer our Mailchimp scholarships for refugee, asylum seeking and/or migrant campaigners on our next two bootcamps.
There's not long left to apply as the deadline is at 9am on Wednesday 15th March. This is to apply for either Bootcamp 9 (7th-12th May) or Bootcamp 10 (10th-15th July).
We know that a movement against injustice is best led by those most pointedly affected by an issue, so this scholarship is our way of standing in solidarity with migrant campaigners so that it is financially accessible to anyone with a passion for the issues. The scholarship is available to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants campaigning on any issue in the UK.
Here at Campaign Bootcamp we passionately believe that:
We need to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds
We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced
- Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it
The Mailchimp scholarship is one small way of practising what we preach. At least half of bootcampers this year will come on a full or partial scholarship, so there's no excuse not apply!
Check out some of the amazing bootcampers who came on the Mailchimp Scholarship previously:
Joan (Bootcamp 6)
I am a Ugandan human rights activists with interest and focus on LGBTI rights and fair treatment of asylum seekers. My dream is to see a world free of any discrimination, unfair treatment, persecution, torture among others.
Emmanuel (Bootcamp 4)
I'm currently studying and doing voluntary work on issues I care about. Representing the Unity Centre in Glasgow, I worked with the Right to Remain campaign to argue for fair treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK and for justice in the immigration system. I have also been involved with the campaign to close down the Dungavel immigration detention centre in Scotland, along with Unity Centre, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and other organisations and individuals.
Marchu (Bootcamp 4)
I campaign on issues of equality, education, women and refugees rights. I currently work for Women for Refugee Women.
Wai Hnin (Bootcamp 5)
I am a Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK. I work on political prisoner issues, repressive laws, and I care about human rights, equality and women's rights. I am interested in education and one day I would love to build schools, and provide free education in Burma's rural areas.
Fatima (Bootcamp 5)
I am a 19 year old Law and Human Rights student. Human Rights issues are a passion of mine, but I also love reading, socialising and watching my favourite TV shows.
If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.
If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3500) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming.
TO SUM UP
- Deadline for applications: 9am Wednesday 15th March 2017
- Bootcamp 9: 7th - 12th May / Bootcamp 10: 10th - 15th July
- Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have
- Click the button below to apply