1. How long are the “fellowships?”
The Philippines 2014 fellowship is a four-month long program.
2. Who is an ideal candidate?
The ideal candidate for a Redstone Fellowship is an OIF/OEF veteran with a background in combat arms. The candidate should possess a willingness to serve, and a desire to use their skills to augment the efficiency of the humanitarian sector internationally through strategic work with our partner NGOs.
3. What are the dates for Philippines 2014?
The dates for the first Redstone fellowship are from September through December. The specific days will be communicated to the onboarding fellows well before the specific launch.
4. What if I apply and don’t get the upcoming program? Are there follow-on fellowships and future programs in place?
Yes. We are in the process of developing our 2015 projects. Due to the small size of the first program, we apologize if the spaces fill quickly. As we grow, so too will our fellowships. Your applications will be kept on file, unless you would like us to discard them. Stay connected for updates through our newsletters, social media, and website.
5. How much does a fellow get paid?
Applicants should understand that this work is service-oriented and humanitarian focused. We understand that financial stability is important for transitioning or separated veterans, so there will be a moderate monthly stipend.
6. Is there medical, dental insurance?
The fellowships are not employment opportunities, but instead a vehicle for transition, continued service, and camaraderie. There will be provided a limited insurance policy that covers the period of volunteer work, but it is not long-duration, transferable, or full-family. This is not a contract or holdover job, our intentions are for individuals transitioning out of the military with a strong drive to continue service in a new capacity.
7. Are there opportunities for full-time positions upon completing a fellowship?
At this time, Redstone is not a pipeline for full-time employment opportunities within our company.
8. What will the living conditions be?
Not really. You can expect local housing/apartment accommodations, though be prepared to operate in austere climates.
9. Are spouses, partners, or family members allowed to accompany a fellow throughout the programs?
In certain circumstances, spouses of fellows will be able to attend the fellowship programs. If you have interest in bringing your spouse, note this in your application.
10. Do fellows need to volunteer for the full program or are there options for time spent overseas?
Redstone Fellows should expect to attend the duration of the program. If there are unique circumstances, they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
11. What if there is an emergency requiring a fellow to return to their place of residence/families place of residence?
During onboarding, these contingences will be covered in detail.
12. What if I have not served in combat?
Serving in combat is not a prerequisite.
13. Is active duty service a prerequisite?
Active duty or reserve service is looked at equally.
14. Is this a “contracting” job?
No. This is service.
15. How do I confirm my spot for upcoming fellowships?
We will respond to applications as quickly as possible. You will be notified through the email address given in the application, and follow-on phone conversations will take place. Redstone’s Board of Directors will review all application and applicants will be selected on a rolling basis.
We apologize if programs fill up quickly.
16. What gear is required prior to beginning my fellowship?
Gear and packing requirements will be provided to selected applicants prior to departure.
17. Am I responsible for immunizations?
Yes. Each Redstone Fellow will be responsible for ensuring the proper immunizations for each region they will be travelling are met.