Deadline: October 17, 2022.
NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy 2023-2024 Fellowship Program – Funded to Washington, DC
Applications are now open for the NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy 2023-2024 Fellowship Program. The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded international exchange program that allows democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from all over the world to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C., conducting independent research on democracy in a specific country or region.
The program provides five-month fellowships to practitioners to help them improve their methods and techniques for strengthening democracy abroad, as well as five-month fellowships to researchers to conduct original research for publication. Fellows reflect on their experiences, interact with peers, undertake research and writing, analyze best practices and lessons learned, and build professional contacts within a worldwide network of democracy advocates while in residence. Fellows must submit a written product related to their planned research project. The fellowship concludes with a formal presentation during which participants often focus on their research subject or another topic related to the state of democracy in their country.
- Practitioner Track: Prospective applicants may apply on either the practitioner or scholarly track. The Reagan-Fascell program is intended primarily for practitioners from developing and aspiring democracies, and those from non-democratic countries. Applicants applying to the practitioner track are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track. While there are also no age limits, applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of work experience in the field of democracy and human rights. Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include human rights advocates, civil society leaders, political party figures, human rights lawyers, parliamentarians, labor union activists, journalists, and other members of the media.
- Scholarly Track: Prospective applicants may apply on either the practitioner or scholarly track. While the program is intended primarily for practitioners from around the world, distinguished scholars from the United States and other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Applicants applying to the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have published in their field of expertise, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project. Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, analysts at research centers and think tanks, writers, and public intellectuals.
Program Activities: Through its calendar of seminars, roundtables, field trips, and other events, the program seeks to: (a) build knowledge about the work of the Endowment and its core institutes; (b) provide education concerning democracy through field trips and seminars; (c) support outreach for dialogue and interaction with the governmental, nongovernmental, academic, and media communities around town and beyond; and (d) promote a sense of collegiality among fellows as a group. In addition, fellows benefit from the many informal social and cultural activities that the program has to offer, including trips to sporting events, museums, movies, and happy hours.
Financial Support: Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period. Fellowship payments are calculated to cover cost of a short-term, furnished rental apartment, plus “cost of living” for food, local transportation, and other necessities. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States. Please note that fellows who wish to bring family members with them to Washington, D.C., will be expected to cover the costs of their dependents’ roundtrip travel and stay within the United States.
Research Associates: Research associates are assigned to work with several fellows and provide critical support in a variety of ways: consulting with fellows on the shape and direction of their projects, providing research, written, and editorial support on issues relating to the theory and practice of democracy, facilitating outreach, aiding in the preparation and follow-up of fellows’ public presentations, and providing other assistance as necessary.
Democracy Resource Center: Housed at NED, the Democracy Resource Center (DRC) is staffed by four librarians and contains approximately 20,000 works, including books, journals, grantee reports, and other publications on democracy.
Visas: Prior to their arrival in the United States, prospective fellows who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States must obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa in order to travel to the United States. Accompanying family members must obtain a J-2 visa. Fellowship applicants cannot have participated in a J-1 research scholar program within the 24 months immediately preceding their Reagan-Fascell fellowship. Fellows who are sponsored on our J-1 visa are typically required by U.S. law to return to their home country for two years following the completion of their fellowship before they may apply for an H visa, an L visa, or for legal permanent residence.
Eligibility for the NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy 2023-2024 Fellowship Program
Each applicant must:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language;
- Propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development;
- Be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5 month fellowship period (October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31). No other fellowships or jobs may be held at this time.
Applicants on the practitioner track should:
- Have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest;
- Be mid-career professionals.
Applicants on the scholarly track should:
- Possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application
- Have a proven record of publications in their field;
- Have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.
How to Apply
To apply, you must first create an account through an online portal. Once you have set up an account, the application process requires you to submit:
- Applicant information
- Project proposal for the practitioner or the scholarly fellowship track
- Letters of recommendation
- Resume/CV and Biography
Please submit all application materials in English.