Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

Federally funded fellowship program at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. Established in 2001 by the U.S. Congress and supported annually through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program enables activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Democracy Fellowships

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites applications to its Reagan- Fascell Democracy Fellows Program. Established to enable democracy activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change, the fellowship program is based at NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington, D.C.

Program: The program offers two tracks: a practitioner track (typically three to five months in duration) to improve strategies and techniques for building democracy abroad and a scholarly track (typically five to ten months in length) to conduct original research for publication. Projects may focus on the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of democratic development and may include a range of methodologies and approaches.

Eligibility: The fellows program is intended primarily to support practitioners and scholars from new and aspiring democracies. Distinguished scholars from the United States and other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Practitioners are expected to have substantial experience working to promote democracy. Scholars are expected to have a doctorate, or academic equivalent, at the time of application. The program is not designed to pay for professional training or to support students working toward a degree. A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program.

Support: The fellowship year begins October 1 and runs through July 31, with major entry dates in October and March. All fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, travel assistance, and research support.

Application: For further details and instructions on how to apply visit us online at http://www.ned.org/fellowships. Please note that all application materials must be type-written and in English.