WILPF Women, Peace and Security Fellowships

Apply for a WILPF Women, Peace and Security Fellowship


The Women, Peace and Security Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) offers fellowships for the period of 4-6 months through our New York City UN office. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this opportunity is remote for the foreseeable future.

The fellow will work closely with WILPF staff on monitoring, research and communications support on Women, Peace and Security issues in New York. The fellow will monitor Security Council debates and UN events, research and draft policy analysis, and support programme communications (including email and social media). 

This competitive fellowship is primarily aimed at individuals early in their careers who are interested in women, peace and security issues related to disarmament and women’s human rights. The experience offers an opportunity to research and write about women, peace and conflict issues and gain experience with a non-governmental organisation.

The fellowship requires a person with good communication skills, initiative, creativity, flexibility, a high level of organisation, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and commitment to WILPF’s mission, while maintaining WILPF’s high professional standards. This opportunity carries a stipend.



WILPF generally hires fellows to join the NY WPS team during three different periods annually: January-May, May-August, and September-December. We accept rolling applications for all of these periods and typically review applications a month and a half in advance.

**We will next be hiring for an fellow to start in summer 2021 for a remote position**



  • Strong interest in working for a feminist, anti-militarist organisation and dedication to intersectional feminist values;

  • Knowledge  or strong interest in issues related to women, peace and security and conflict prevention, including but not limited to militarism, sexual violence in conflict, women’s participation in political and peace-related decision-making;

  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate programme (e.g., MA, MS, JD, LLM, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in fields such as international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, and gender studies or has comparable related experiences in this area;

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and attention to detail;

  • Working knowledge of traditional media, event planning, and social media;

  • Ability to speak additional languages (especially Arabic, French, or Spanish) is an added bonus, but not required.

As a feminist, anti-militarist membership organisation, WILPF is dedicated to building a global movement in the pursuit of peace and the fulfilment of human rights. We welcome applications from people of colour, feminists from the Global South, LGBTQI+ people, individuals from conflict-affected and diaspora communities, and people with disabilities. We believe that experience comes in many different forms, and also encourage individuals who may not meet all of the listed qualifications to apply if they feel that they would be a good fit for the fellowship.



The fellow should have the ability to commit to 4 full days per week with the WILPF UN office (or remotely dependent on the COVID-19 guidelines). The fellow’s work will be guided by the Programme Manager.


How to Apply

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants should submit the following in ONE SINGLE document

  • One or two-page resume, indicating education, relevant past activities and experience;

  • Cover Letter (one page, single-spaced), indicating your preferred start and end date;

  • Two References, including names and contact information and/or a letter of recommendation from an academic or field professional;

  • Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages), preferably addressing an issue related to women, peace and security, conflict prevention, or human rights, that demonstrates ability to write in short, clear and concrete language (may be an excerpt of longer work);


Submission Instructions:

  • The subject of the email should be: “[Last Name, First Name] WILPF WPS Fellowship Application”

  • All documents should be combined into ONE (1) SINGLE document ( PDF or DOCX file). 

  • Please send your application to peacewomen@wilpf.org.

Due to the volume of applications, we request no phone calls please. We will reach out to short-listed candidates directly.

Current and Former PeaceWomen Interns and Fellows

Phesheya Nxumalo is the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Fellow at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She holds a Master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations in International Relations from Brown University. At LSE, Phesheya focused on critical and feminist approaches to international relations with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Her dissertation analysed how the Islamic Feminist Movement in the MENA region challenged the gender conservative ideology of the Islamic juristic tradition and the state. Through post-structural feminist modes of inquiry, Phesheya demonstrated the movement's resilience in advocating for gender justice through a religious paradigm.

Her previous professional experiences have focused on gender and social inclusion projects related to empowerment, access, and inclusion. Professionally she hopes to play a key role in developing recommendations for cross-cutting international policy/development issues. In the immediate future, Phesheya is looking for meaningful experiences that combine her interest in critical approaches to gender and development. Interning with WILPF has been the ideal opportunity to combine these interests and apply them to the meaningful work being done with the WPS programme.




Gayathri Nagasubramaniam is the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Fellow at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom from India. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi. In her Master’s thesis, Gayathri unpacked the influence of transnational advocacy network and in particular its feminist actors on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). She argued that the role played by feminist actors (such as WILPF) in the network was crucial for the gender-sensitive outcome of the treaty’s text. 

Before joining WILPF, Gayathri interned at a wide range of NGOs in India and in Geneva and undertook research and communications tasks in the field of international relations, security, education and social innovation. Gayathri worked with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as the content intern, where she focussed on communication and advocacy for the TPNW. She also worked with the Young Leader’s Initiative as a leadership facilitator for girls’ education in rural India (to name a few experiences). In her spare time, she enjoys doodling, reading, and binging shows on Netflix. Gayathri is excited to join WILPF’s WPS team and looks forward to learning more about the WPS agenda, disarmament, multilateralism and advocating for feminist peace.


Dani Philipson is the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Fellow at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and a Fulbright scholar from Mexico City. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. At Harvard, she was the co-chair of the Gender Policy Union and a Women and Public Policy Program Summer Fellow. For her Master’s thesis, Dani conducted research on how to advance and enhance civilian law enforcement at the local level to help end militarization in Mexico. 

Prior to WILPF, Dani worked in the Senate of the Republic of Mexico where she was a policy advisor for the President of the Mexican Senate. In the Senate, she focused on military and police reform, as well as drug policy reform. In her free time, Dani teaches a G.E.D. Social Studies course in Harlem and works as a part-time consultant for a project on femicide in Northern Mexico. She is delighted to be part of the WILPF team, where she looks forward to expand her knowledge on the WPS agenda, multilateralism, conflict-resolution, demilitarization and disarmament with a gender perspective as a means to promote feminist peace.


Senem Kaptan, PeaceWomen Fellow

Senem Kaptan, PeaceWomen Fellow

Senem Kaptan is the Women, Peace and Security Fellow at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Senem’s long-standing interest in gender and militarism culminated in a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University, where she conducted an eighteen-month ethnographic field research, analysing the trials of military officers accused of treason and coup plotting in contemporary Turkey. Prior to her doctoral work, Senem completed her M.A. in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University, where her research focused on the experiences of mothers of soldiers serving in conflict zones during Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish conflict. Senem has presented at various national and international conferences on matters related to gender, nationalism and militarism as well as having extensive academic publications on these issues. During her time with WILPF, Senem looks forward to furthering her knowledge about and gaining experience in the advocacy work that advances the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the local and global levels through monitoring, analysing and reporting on United Nations Security Council meetings as well as conducting outreach and research.  

Sarah Kenny Werner joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from New York City, New York. Sarah holds a Masters of Arts with Honours in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh and SciencesPo. In her dissertation, she argued for a radical feminist revisioning of international relations theory and practice. After working as a litigation paralegal at a corporate law firm, she designed and taught “Fine Arts in a Democratic Context” in Harlem. This course, an extension of her dissertation, develops technical skills and fluency in art history to explore the concepts at the heart of political systems (such as equality, justice, and freedom). Sarah is excited to join the WILPF team as a United Nations and Security Council Monitor Fellow, where she looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the women, peace and security agenda and monitoring, analysing and reporting on its progress in the Security Council. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, dancing, and creating art.


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