WESI Change the Narrative Fellowship Description

***Applications are no longer being accepted.

The WESI Change the Narrative Fellowship will train and empower 10 women who are currently experiencing economic hardship to share their personal stories through professional-level audio, visual, and print production The purpose of this paid fellowship is to generate awareness of racial and gender inequities in economic opportunity and spur actions among the public and private sectors that improve economic security of women in the region.

Selected fellows will be women who have experienced economic hardship within the last year and are interested in changing the public narrative about economic hardship by sharing their personal stories.

Fellowship Curriculum

Fellows will participate in a six-month mostly virtual program. The fellowship will include a 6-week storytelling workshop; opportunities to network with media, funders, and policymakers; optional process groups; and additional workshops and programming that include case studies, group discussions, role plays etc. The program has been designed to make sure each fellow gains valuable skills and hands-on experiences.


Find out more

To learn more about the Change the Narrative Fellowship, view the information session below.

If you have any questions about the fellowship, please contact Camille Nickow, WESI Program Director at cnickow@womensway.org for more information.

How To Apply

Applications will be sent out on October 14th and will be due on November 1st.


What is the Change the Narrative Fellowship Program?

The Change the Narrative Fellowship program will bring together 10 women with lived experiences of economic hardship to train and empower them to share their personal stories through professional-level audio, visual, and print production. The purpose of the program is to generate awareness of racial and gender inequities in economic opportunity and spur actions among the public and private sectors that improve economic security in the Philadelphia region.

How can the Change the Narrative Fellowship strengthen my advocacy skills?

The Narrative Fellowship will provide fellows with opportunities to build and strengthen their advocacy skills, deepen knowledge of narratives and ways of challenging, disrupting them and creating new ones.

How do I become a fellow?

To be considered for the Narrative Fellowship Program, all candidates must complete an online application which should not take more than 30-40 minutes to complete. The application opens on October 14th, 2020 and closes on November 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please note that only fully completed and submitted applications will be reviewed and considered. No late applications will be considered.

If the applicant is selected for the next stage of the selection process, they will be required to participate in a 1-hour interview. Fellowship applicants who make it to the final stage will be notified by the end of November 2020.

What is the duration and time commitment of the program?

The fellows will participate in a six month program, beginning in December 2020 and ending in May 2021. Unlike many fellowships, the Narrative fellowship will not be a full-time commitment, as we understand that women are usually primary caregivers in the family and community, and fellows joining the program may be engaged in full-time employment or other involvements.

What should I do if I don’t have access to the internet or a computer?

WOMEN’S WAY is looking into options for providing no-cost internet and computers to its fellows, but we cannot guarantee it at this time. If you do not have access to the internet or a computer, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee that we can.

How do we define ‘economic hardship’?

Economic hardship is the condition of being without stable income, lacking other resources, and/or facing financial challenges that prevent an acceptable standard of living now and in the foreseeable future.

 What will WOMEN’S WAY do to protect the privacy and safety of its Fellows?

During learning sessions, fellows will be asked to respect each other’s privacy, and any staff or facilitators will commit to doing the same. That being said, the purpose of this fellowship is to prepare fellows to share their stories with others and/or in public settings, so we expect that much of the fellows’ stories will end up being shared widely (in the way that the fellow chooses to do so).

In addition to the main fellowship programming, there will be an optional process group facilitated by the Therapy Center of Philadelphia. Anything shared in that group will remain strictly confidential.

 Do I need to have previous experience in media or storytelling to be a fellow?

This fellowship is designed for women who are mission-driven and seek social change. Previous experience in media or storytelling would be an added advantage but not a requirement. We are interested in applicants with various career and personal backgrounds who currently identify as women experiencing economic insecurity. We welcome passionate advocates who are interested in changing the narratives within their communities in Philadelphia.

When does the fellowship program start and what is the schedule?

The fellowship program will begin mid December 2020 and will last until May  2021. Due to the pandemic, classes for the fellowship will be conducted online, 2 – 4 hours weekly, until it is safe for an in-person gathering. A more detailed schedule will be communicated soon, but we plan to take into account the scheduling needs of fellows as best as we can.

 Will childcare be provided during learning sessions?

At this time, most of the fellowship program will be delivered virtually for safety reasons, so childcare will not be provided. If and when we hold any in-person sessions, we will provide childcare.

How and when will I get paid?

Fellows will be given a generous honorarium during and at the end of the fellowship. Payments will be made in installments over the course of the six month program to ensure full participation in the events, assignments, etc. of the fellowship.

If you are concerned about the payment impacting your benefits, please reach out to Camille at cnickow@womensway.org and we will discuss a  solution that works for you.