2021-2023 Tunisia Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Fellowship

2021-2023 Tunisia Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Fellowship

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About Entrepreneurial Diplomacy

Network 20/20’s Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Program is one of its longest-standing programs. It is a qualitative research program that is based on listening, learning, and conducting interviews in another country/region of global interest. We utilize the knowledge gained in an unbiased way to highlight and drive innovative solutions to challenges with the help of the private sector.

Since its inception in 2003, Network 20/20’s Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Programs have focused on Turkey, Poland, Pakistan, Iran, Southeast Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia), and Ukraine. The programs have resulted in policy reports, briefings to congressional staffers, published articles, briefings, and new impact-driven projects.

The two-year program begins with intensive research about the country of focus through interviews with a range of experts in the public and private sectors to acquire a sense of the main trends and identify the best people to speak with both prior to and during the program; A 10-day in-country program involves back-to-back interviews with government officials, business leaders, civil society leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs (among others) to best understand the landscape and opportunities.

Upon return from on-the-ground research, we engage in a year-long effort to ensure we have successfully disseminated the gathered insights and that they are put to good use. One of the unique aspects of Network 20/20’s Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Program is that we let the findings of the program dictate the final product, whether that means focusing our attention on Washington DC policymakers, specific segments of the public, or the development of transformative programs.

For the 2021-2023 season, Network 20/20’s Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Program and Trip will focus on Tunisia.

What is the Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Fellowship?

Network 20/20’s Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Fellowship is the engine that drives the research, network building, and programmatic outcomes of the Entrepreneurial Diplomacy program. We are looking for 2-3 Fellows who will commit a minimum of 10 hours of work per month for two years.



What are the responsibilities of fellows?

The responsibilities will evolve as the project progresses and much of what will happen in the third phase (outreach) will depend on the information that we learn in the first and second phases.

In the first stage, fellows will work with Network 20/20’s office and their own contacts to build networks and conduct, record, and share interviews with people (academics, civil society leaders, U.S. and Tunisian government officials, entrepreneurs, business people, journalists) to unwrap the current issues and broader context and use those learnings to outline broad themes to the following stages of the project. Each project will result in a focus on policy advocacy, awareness-raising, or a project (see Network 20/20’s BOLD project with Bosnia and Herzegovina as an example), and this initial research will help point the way to the specific outreach method in the later stage. The outline of each phase is below:

First Stage

  • Generate and participate in interviews
  • Read related material
  • Share and update notes in N2020’s central database
  • Help build the database of individuals associated with the project
  • Second Stage

    During the second stage, the actual on-the-ground portion of the trip (which will take place at the end of May or early June 2022), the Fellows will play a lead role in the group, helping to prepare the rest of the group for meetings, ensuring that all notes are handed in, and serving as co-leads for meetings with other group participants.

  • Help lead daily group briefings
  • Serve as meeting lead
  • Help gather notes
  • Help gather and update contact information in N2020’s central database
  • Third Stage

    In the third stage, following the trip, the Fellows will work with the Network 20/20 office to drive outreach activities that could include the following: writing articles, participating in panel discussions, helping with project design, searching for funding opportunities, or briefing U.S. officials.

  • Work with the whole group to decide on the next steps
  • Draft articles and submit them for publication
  • Help develop potential programs

    What are the benefits of becoming a fellow?

  • In-country costs (lodging, transport, food, etc.) and roundtrip flight to Tunisia are covered
  • Invaluable opportunity to network with leaders in academia, civil society, business, and media as well as U.S. and Tunisian government officials and entrepreneurs
  • Produce reports and articles under their names
  • Enhance experience in policy advocacy and develop practical skills applicable for a veriety of professions
  • Develop and sharpen professional and research skills

    Who are ideal candidates?

    The Fellowship is ideal for people who

  • seek to dig deep into the challenges and opportunities in Tunisia’s path forward following the Arab Spring
  • would like to apply their own experiences, skills, and networks to help facilitate positive change
  • work in the fields of technology, finance, agriculture, energy, and health care (applicants from other professions are also welcome)
  • have experience with writing, communications, and research in a professional capacity
  • can commit their time and energy to the program while being able to achieve several milestones during the two-year program
  • want to gain cultural awareness about and exposure in a critical part of the world
  • *There is no age or professional qualifications required for this fellowship.


    What is the timeframe of the fellowship?

    The Fellowship will run from September 1, 2021, through August 31, 2023.


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