2017/2018 NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program (Fully Funded to Spend Five Months in Washington DC, USA)

Application Deadline: October 15, 2016

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program hosts democratic activists, scholars, and journalists for five-month fellowships, bringing fresh insights and perspectives to Washington, DC. The fellowship offers an important opportunity to explore new ideas in a comparative context, undertake individual research, and share best practices with one another.

While in residence, fellows reflect on their experiences; conduct research and writing; consider best practices and lessons learned; and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The fellowship is intended primarily for individuals from developing and aspiring democracies.
  • Practitioners and journalists should have substantial work experience in their fields, while scholars are expected to have a Ph.D., or academic equivalent, at the time of application.
  • The program does not support professional training, fieldwork, or students working toward a degree, nor does it provide funding to implement projects in the field.
  • A working knowledge of English is required for participation in the program.


  • The program offers research support and facilitates fellows’ outreach to Washington’s advocacy, media, academic, and policy communities.
  • All fellowships include a monthly payment, health insurance, and roundtrip travel reimbursement. The program does not provide financial assistance for accompanying family or other dependents.

Program Details:

  • The program runs two five-month fellowship sessions per year, during which fellows are expected to work full time on their projects.
  • Practitioners focus on strategies and best practices for strengthening democracy in their country of interest; scholars conduct original research for publication.
  • Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches.
  • The program hosts an active calendar of events, including an introduction to NED and its partner institutions.
  • Fellows are expected to present their work and prepare a written product during their stay.

Apply Now for the 2017/2018 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

For More Information:

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