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Student Research Opportunity with the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow

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Announcement of exciting student volunteer research opportunity with

the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow:

Dr. Uygar Özesmi,, Regional Country Director (based inTurkey)

The Transnational NGO Initiative host a senior transnational NGO leader each year through our Moynihan NGO Fellows program: these leaders spend 2 weeks of ‘intellectual rest and recreation” at the Moynihan Institute, researching a topic which poses a challenge to them as NGO leaders and which is aligned with our research interest in governance, leadership and effectiveness of transnational NGOs.  Many students have volunteered to do preparatory research for our Fellows and found that experience very rewarding.

This Spring semester, Dr. Uygar Özesmi, the Regional Director based in Turkey, will be our NGO Fellow. Dr. Özesmi will be here from March 31-April 12, 2013 and will be researching “servant leadership,” a concept that originates in faith based leadership models.  Dr. Özesmi will explore how “servant leadership” can be applied in a non-faith based setting, to a new leadership model that focuses on empowering and serving NGO constituencies in realizing their own expectations, needs and potential. This is a growing need in an era when individual citizen action has many more vehicles of expression due to the growth of digital social networks.  In defining servant leadership, Dr. Özesmi will address a specific series of questions:

How have others defined servant leadership in the past and how does this new framing differ or add?

How can servant leadership models be used in forming and revising the overarching organizational mission and vision thru networked participatory processes? 

How close can the expectations and values of the constituency be matched with that of the organization? 

How can servant leadership frame issues and choices with the constituency, both serving their most immediate concerns, and taking them on journeys that they want to go on?


We are seeking students who are interested in volunteering to do preparatory literature research on behalf of Dr. Uygar Özesmi  during the month of March before his arrival, as well as conduct followup work as necessary during his stay at Moynihan in April. These students will have an exciting opportunity to interact with this significant leader throughout his stay. We are hoping to count on approx. 5 hours a week of your time to devote to this assignment, for at least 4 weeks during the month of March.

If you are interested and available, please send your indication of interest, CV and time frame for availability to Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director for Education and Practitioner Engagement, Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute (; phone 443-5073). We hope to hear from you by  Jan 31 please.

Thank you for your consideration! For questions, please feel free to contact Kalila Jackson-Spieker, TNGO Graduate Assistant who will coordinate the Fellowship (

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