NRGI-Petrad Fellowship 2015

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Petrad are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2015 NRGI-Petrad Petroleum Governance Fellowship. The deadline for application is 17 April 2015. The program seeks to increase civil society leaders’ effectiveness in promoting the better management of petroleum for the public good. In 2015 the fellowship will be open to civil society leaders from the following countries: Ghana, Iraq, Myanmar, Tanzania and Uganda.


Every year, the NRGI-Petrad Fellowship enables two civil society leaders to develop knowledge and skills through an intensive eight-week program followed by a research project overseen by a mentor. These fellows then return to their home organizations or coalitions better equipped to take their campaigns to a more technical and informed level and share new knowledge with their colleagues. By targeting leaders in the movement, this program aims to quickly raise civil society’s ability to engage in technical debates surrounding extractive industries.

Fellows are sponsored to attend an intensive full-time eight-week course in Stavanger, Norway on Petroleum Policy and Natural Resource Management, run by Petrad from 14 September to 5 November 2015. Petrad delivers two eight-week programs in parallel: “Petroleum policy and resource management” and “Petroleum development and operations.” Where possible, 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 petroleum 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 complete 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.

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

In addition, fellows will undertake a short project that demonstrates their increased level of analysis in a topical issue for their country. NRGI will support fellows to complete their project over a period of three months. In order for NRGI to be able to provide as much support as possible, including by mobilizing in-house experts to provide coaching and reviews of research outputs, assignments should cover NRGI areas of focus and expertise. (See fellowship “priority themes” under criteria.)


The NRGI-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.

The successful candidate will have, at a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree

  • 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

  • the explicit support of their current home organization to pursue all aspects of this fellowship.

Priority will be given to applicants that seek to deepen their understanding of the following policy challenges and will focus their research on one of the following topics:

  • The measurement and assessment of natural resource governance, and the development of national strategies for transforming resources into benefits

  • Increasing transparency and using information and data for better oversight of natural resource governance for greater accountability and effectiveness (including through the EITI and homegrown transparency initiatives)

  • Licensing and allocation of rights

  • Fiscal regime design and contract negotiations

  • Local content and other non-fiscal benefits of extraction (e.g. shared infrastructure projects)

  • The governance and reform of national oil companies

  • Resource revenue management (including the development of effective plans for managing and spending resource revenues including by tackling volatility and finiteness of these resources).

  • Investing revenues for development (including policy decisions regarding how to translate resource revenues into sustainable and equitable development gains for citizens, e.g., saving-spending decisions, subsidies, cash transfers, subnational revenue sharing, using resource revenues to build the absorptive capacity of the economy and choices and trade-offs associated with diversification and downstream value addition).


To apply, please send the following to Helen Dempsey at by 17 April 2015:

  • 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. (An applicant who is him- or herself the head of an organizations should send a letter signed by the chairperson of the organization’s board.)

  • An essay (no more than 3 pages) that includes:

    • An outline of extractive-related challenges in your country and the current work you, your organization, and civil society groups more broadly are doing in response

    • An outline of what you will seek to learn and achieve during the fellowship, including areas of research interests

    • 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.

About the organizers

Petrad is a non-profit Norwegian government foundation established by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in 1989 to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience from petroleum management, administration and technology between managers and experts in governments and national oil companies. Petrad’s main services and activities are channeled and financed through the Norwegian government’s “Oil for Development” program (OfD). For more information, please visit

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), an independent, non-profit organization, helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ oil, gas and mineral wealth through applied research, and innovative approaches to capacity development, technical advice and advocacy. We work with government ministries, civil society organizations, journalists, legislatures, private sector actors, and international institutions to promote accountable and effective governance in the extractive industries. For more information, please visit