GATHER Fellowship

New funder for new edition of GATHER Fellowship

March 5, 2019 - News

After a successful GATHER Fellowship 2018, SE Forum will continue our partnership with US nonprofit Seeds of Peace to run GATHER Fellowship 2019. The 9-month programme will once again start off with an incubator week in Stockholm, 5-10 April, and we are thrilled to have received funding from Folke Bernadotte Academy to be able to host the week here in Sweden.

The programme, that focuses on conflict transformation and social innovation, will host 16 Fellows who are working to build thriving communities in places affected by war. We’ve had over 200 applications from around the world with different approaches to sustainable peace and are very excited to work with a new cohort this year. They’re from countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine, and with social innovations covering everything from educational programmes against violence to food trucks.


“This year’s cohort is an inspiring mix of social innovators from different parts of the world, of different ages, and with varied approaches and solutions to conflict. The selection process was not easy but we’re very pleased with the group that will join us in Sweden in April. Their interesting perspectives on conflict transformation will set us up for another great Fellowship and we’re very much looking forward to working with them to develop and scale their social innovations to affect even more people in communities and countries affected by war and conflict.”

– Thomas Kanestad, Interim Executive Director at SE Forum


During the incubator week (5-10 April) in Stockholm we will explore personal and professional development with the Fellows, and they will get a chance to meet with Swedish academics, entrepreneurs and professionals to further develop their ideas and solutions.

Keep following our social channels to get to know the Fellows and if you’re interested in getting involved during the incubator week then do not hesitate to get in touch via


Photo credit: Stina Svanberg


Programmet har beviljats medel från FBA:s stöd till civilsamhället för fred och säkerhet. Folke Bernadotteakademin är myndigheten för fred, säkerhet och utveckling och get bidrag för att öka kunskap, engagemang, samt främja dialog och debatt om fredsfrämjande verksamhet, kvinnor, fred och säkerhet, nedrustning och ickespridning samt unga, fred och säkerhet.