About the Tom Garvey Fellowship Programme

The Tom Garvey Fellowship Programme assists young environmental activists in the further development of their careers. At the same time, the programme provides support to REC projects through the involvement of young professionals who contribute fresh insights and approaches. By improving cooperation between the REC and other organisations, the programme also enables the REC to extend its network in the region and beyond.
Fellowships usually last between two and four weeks, during which time participants are accommodated at the REC’s premises in Szentendre. Accommodation is provided for up to six fellows at a time at the REC, and the composition of the group will vary according to the topic and the type of fellowship.

Types of fellowships

The lectures will cover relevant topics essential for training leaders to manage, develop and lead an environmental organisation. Besides general leadership qualities, emphasis will therefore be given to specific, environmentally sound, sustainable management techniques and methods that are not necessarily widespread in the business community:

  • Resilience building and sustainable development
  • Organisational development – fundamentals, management, development, recruitment, challenges
  • Public relations – identity (logo, slogan, website, printed publications), lobbying
  • Communication (inside and outside the organisation) – conflict management, mediation, press relations, advertising
  • Tendering – writing and assembling tender documents
  • Legal training
  • Environmental impact assessment, industrial aspects
  • Introduction to successful REC projects, and projects implemented by each fellow
  • Shadowing experts at the REC, in a company, or in a local governmental entity
  • Site visit 
  • Simulation exercises in resource management and governance

Alternative programmes are available based on the above lecture and training topics:

Option 1. General training  

Selection for participation in the general training depends only on the candidates’ qualifications. The training covers a range of important areas, without focusing on one specific topic or project. This programme provides a stepping stone towards the other, more specific trainings.

Option 2. Topic-based approach

Candidates for this type of programme will be selected from among non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in one particular field, determined by the REC. This programme is recommended for alumni of the general course, or of earlier Tom Garvey programmes.

As all the participating fellows are working in one specific field, they will have the opportunity to look more deeply into certain topics and concentrate on those issues that are crucial to members of the group. Another bonus is that these fellows are more likely to continue their cooperation in the future, and perhaps undertake common projects. 

Option 3. Project-based approach

In the project-based programme, fellows bring their own projects to work on. The selection of participants is based on their proposed projects, and during the fellowship programme the training can be focused on specific problems related to the implemented project.

Terms of reference

Terms of reference will be agreed on by all parties before a fellowship is confirmed. A fellowship agreement will then be drawn up for signature shortly after the fellow’s arrival.


In most cases, the costs of the fellowship are fully covered by the sending organisation or the fellow. In the framework of the Tom Garvey Fellowship Programme, fellows may apply for coverage of some or all of their costs. As applications will be evaluated case by case, please indicate your needs on the application form.

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