NRGI-PETRAD Fellowship - 2014

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and the Oil for Development Program (OfD) of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2014 NRGI PETRAD Fellowship. The deadline for application is June 16th 2014. The program seeks to accelerate civil society leaders’ effectiveness in promoting the better management of oil, minerals, and gas for the public good. In 2014 the fellowship will be open to civil society activists from the following OfD countries: Bolivia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Timor Leste.


The PETRAD Fellowship aims to enable fellows to return to their home organization or coalitions equipped to immediately take their campaigns to a more technical and informed level and share this knowledge with their colleagues over time. By targeting leaders in the movement, this program aims to quickly raise civil society’s ability to engage in technical debates surrounding extractive industries. PETRAD is a non-profit Norwegian government foundation established to facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience on petroleum management, administration and technology between managers and experts within governments and national oil companies.

Fellows in this eight-week program will be sponsored to attend a course in Stavanger, Norway on Petroleum Policy and Natural Resource Management run by PETRAD ( There are two eight-week programs running in parallel: “Petroleum policy and resource management” and “Petroleum development and operations.” Fellows will automatically be enrolled on the petroleum policy and resource management stream, except in cases where the alternative program is better suited for a participant’s role as an accountability actor in a particular context.

This intensive course spanning the entire extractive industries value chain is usually only open to senior government officials. To help bridge the knowledge and skills gained in this course to their work in their home country, the fellows will be provided with a mentor before, during and after the coursework. Fellows will be expected to conduct the background reading, communicate regularly with their mentors, participate actively and constructively in the course in Stavanger, and provide NRGI with a report about how they will apply their learning from Stavanger upon their return.

In addition, fellows will undertake a short project that demonstrates their increased level of analysis in a topical issue for their country.

PETRAD Fellows’ travel, course tuition, and accommodation in Stavanger will be paid by the sponsors of the fellowship.


The PETRAD Fellowship is for civil society leaders in extractive industry transparency and management campaigns who will be able to quickly apply this new and deepened knowledge of industry policy. Successful candidates must have sufficient background in issues related to petroleum extraction to engage in nuanced discussions about policy and its application. They should also hold a leadership role in their current organization or coalition, which will enable them to promote direct change as a result of the experience. Preference will be given to applicants from newly producing countries or contexts where civil society engagement in extractive issues is fairly recent.

The successful candidate will have, at minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree/equivalent
  • a background in civil society research, monitoring and activism around extractive revenue, legal and fiscal regimes, transparency
  • a dedicated commitment to return to their country and their current campaigns
  • a strong ability to constructively debate issues with multiple actors
  • excellent English skills

They also must have the explicit support of their current home organization to pursue all aspects of this fellowship.


To apply, please send the following to Helen Dempsey at by June 16th 2014:

  • Completed application form
  • CV or résumé
  • Passport style photo
  • Letter from your current manager/head of organization recommending you for the fellowship and committing to support the fellowship and post-fellowship activities. This letter should include a brief description of the organization’s work related to extractive industries. (Applicant who are themselves the head of their organization need to send a letter signed by the chairperson of their board.)
  • An essay (no more than 3 pages) that includes:
    • An outline of extractive-related issues in your country and the current work you, your organization, and civil society groups broadly are doing in response
    • An outline of what you will seek to learn and achieve during the fellowship opportunity
    • A description of how you will use the learning and products from the fellowship upon return to your country and organization
    • A description of how this fellowship fits into your current career goals

All candidates will be judged in an open and competitive selection process that will rate them based on:

  • the relevance of their work experience, training and education; their technical knowledge of the extractives sector

  • their space and commitment to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills

  • their ability to meet the specific mental, relational, and academic challenges of the fellowship.

Short-listed candidates from each region will be interviewed by NRGI staff as well as outside advisers. Additional references may be requested.

Incomplete applications, and applications not submitted in English will be automatically disregarded.

Download the application form.