Selection Process


There are no prescribed qualifications, academic or otherwise, for a Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship. Merit is the primary basis, and prospective Fellows are judged on past achievements and demonstrated ability for future achievement in any walk of life. The value of an prospective Fellow's work to the community, and the extent to which that work will be further enhanced by being awarded the Fellowship, are important criteria.

A short list of applicants is compiled and a decision is made after extended consideration of candidates. Currently, the process is by nomination only. Nominations are sought broadly through the outreach of Global Reconciliation Executive or Board members.

There is no defined monetary award associated with the Fellowship. However, Global Reconciliation will be pleased to support and advance the work of a Fellow, including through showcasing his or her achievements and on-going activities and, where appropriate, by providing in-kind assistance for approaches to government and non-government organizations for recognition or support. Where appropriate we will seek funding on mutual projects with Fellows.

1. Nominations will be invited and a closing date for nominations published.
2. Prospective Fellows are required to provide two referees who will be asked to provide a written reference.
3. Nominations should include a proposal for future work in the area of reconciliation (this may or may not be treated as the basis for a limited-term funded project with financial support).
4, Prospective Fellows may be invited to attend an interview with the selection panel. Where appropriate, advice and guidance may be offered to applicants about how to improve their proposals to enhance the contribution they may be able to make. A key issue to be taken into account will be the likely outcomes of the proposed project for the communities it will involve.
5. Global Reconciliation Executive will consider nominations and make a recommendation to the Board, who will make the final decision.
6. Appointed Fellows, subject to mutual agreement, may hold the status for life and may use the initials FGR after their name as sign of public recognition.
7. Fellows are encouraged to identify and submit materials of any kind which may be of assistance to others working in their fields.

Reconciliation Activities

Applications from any area of activity are welcomed. The following are examples of some of the areas within which reconciliation activities are presently being conducted:

Arts and Culture Youth arts festivals and neighbourhood celebrations where there is an explicit reconciliation purpose.
Health care and Medicine Mental health, cross-cultural education, elder care, childhood nutrition, or HIV projects that bring a reconciliation element.
Justice and Ethics Cross-cultural dialogues about social goals and personal values; legal resources for use in settings characterized by alternative judicial frameworks.
Learning and Education School interfaith curricula; web-based or other learning programs that recognise alternative forms of knowledge, including tribal, traditional and modern.
Livelihood and Money Micro-credit schemes and foreign aid projects that go beyond immediate delivery of resources to engage community relations.
Spirituality and Celebration Interfaith dialogues; cross-cultural conversations about hope and loss.
Sport and Recreation Sporting activities that build solidarity across cultural difference, including support schemes for youth.
Place and Environment Cross-community actions to preserve or restore local environments, development of inter-community centres for children and adolescents.