Applications Invited for KAICIID Fellows Programme
Apply By: 15 May 2021
About the Organization:
KAICIID is a unique intergovernmental organization: through our dual governance structure, a Council of Parties made of States, and a Board of Directors made up of religious leaders, they bring together followers of different religious traditions, religious leaders and policymakers. They are convenors and facilitators, bringing religious leaders, policymakers and experts to the dialogue table so that they can find common solutions to shared problems.
KAICIID Fellows Programme
Exchange programmes across religious educational institutions only exist within a few countries around the world. In most countries, exchange does not exist due either to a lack of interest, a lack of resources, and/or a lack of diversity of religious institutions. KAICIID recognises the integral part of knowledge-sharing among religious education institutions that train future leaders. The Centre aims to connect these institutions and their select teachers to a network of an active transnational community of interreligious dialogue practitioners in order to advocate for peace. The KAICIID International Fellows Programm seeks to not only address these problems but also to network institutions that train religious leaders transnationally so that interreligious dialogue can become a common feature of any religious training, whatever the religion might be.
The KAICIID Fellows Programme brings together leaders and educators from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and other religious backgrounds from around the world for training in dialogue facilitation, intercultural communication and promoting social cohesion by KAICIID experts. The programme equips Fellows with the skills to educate their students and communities about interreligious dialogue so they can become facilitators and leaders in the dialogue and active peace advocates in their communities.
The Fellows Programme is intended to make an impact in four areas: First by mainstreaming IRD in Fellows’ affiliated religious and educational institutions and communities. Second by helping to better equip educators at institutions with the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching IRD. Third, by building up more educators who will advocate for dialogue, are committed to the Centre’s mission, and will act as Ambassadors for Dialogue, especially in the conflict zones with KAICIID focus. Finally by regularly connecting Fellows through a Network with each other and with KAICIID.
- Educators from academic religious institutions, especially those institutions training religious leaders are a high priority for the programme, and therefore have an advantage in applying to the programme.
- However, this is not a prerequisite for acceptance to the programme. Several Fellows have been selected from diverse backgrounds based on demonstrated ability to contribute to advancing Interreligious Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation in their institutions and communities.
- Applicants from academic religious institutions have priority, Fellows are selected from civil society, non-governmental organizations or private sector backgrounds as well.
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