Collective Action

We bring WMI scholars together through multi-day conferences, our new graduate academy and national fellowships so that they can share strategies, implement projects and scale their impact.


WMI Scholars are encouraged to create strong bonds and assist one another throughout the process of succeeding academically and professionally through the creation of fellowship groups. These groups are founded by the scholars themselves and have led to the building of support systems that provide networking and mentorship opportunities and the creation of group community service projects and activities.

14 WMI Fellowships have been created!

Many WMI Scholars would not have the chance to meet one another if not for their WMI connection. Our scholars are leaders who advocate for change, are dedicated to serving their communities, and care about the future of their nations.

Fourteen WMI Fellowships have been established in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe!

By supporting national, regional, and worldwide gatherings of WMI Scholars, our impact of enhancing the lives of others through education and service, coupled with developing participants’ professional skills, brings tremendous benefits that were once beyond reach to individuals from economically-challenged backgrounds.

Kenya Fellowship


WMI Scholars from Kenya organized a day of service at the Thomas Barnardo House – Kenya Children’s Home in Nairobi. The WMI Kenya Fellowship initiated and implemented every aspect of the day’s activities. They pooled their resources to help those traveling many hours to reach Nairobi, assist in paying the wages and transportation costs of a sign language interpreter, and provide supplies for the children.

Rwanda Fellowship


Calling themselves “Strive for Health in Rwanda”, this fellowship planted 700 trees for their very first activity! “Deforestation occupies an untouchable place among the causes of climate change and remains a big challenge to the developing world of today and to that of coming generations. But the good news is that “Strive for Health in Rwanda” is finally waking up to this climate change”, writes Evode Nagayabo.

Dream Big Conference

The Dream Big Conference, held every three years, brings together current student and graduate scholars to learn, network, and create in-country fellowship groups. Conference attendees participate in workshops, panels, team-building exercises, and community service activities.

Dream. Plan. Do.

As the tenth year of WMI approached, we decided it was time to bring everyone together to learn, network and create in-country fellowship groups with current WMI Student and Graduate Scholars.  

In 2015, the city of Nairobi was selected to host the first WMI Dream Big Conference. Our 2015 DBC conference brought together 45 scholars from 8 countries for 3 days of workshops, inspirational speakers, community service and networking.

Our 2018 DBC conference was twice as big, with 100 scholars from 19 countries convening for 5 days in Kampala, Uganda. Read our “DBC at a Glance” recap. 

The next WMI Dream Big Conference will be in 2021 in Accra, Ghana. To become involved or to become a sponsor, please contact

Support our scholars as they advance their education and grow their professional networks