2016/2017 Huford Youth Fellowship Program for Youth Leaders, Washington DC USA (Fully Funded with Monthly stipends)

Application Deadline: May 18th 2016

The Hurford Program seeks to build the leadership skills, enhance the organizational talents, and harness the potential of emerging democracy leaders from around the world. Through the Hurford program, three young activists spend four months per year at NED, during which time they contribute to the development of the World Youth Movement.
A project developing online discussion platforms to generate active engagement
among World Youth Movement members around the world will be central to each fellowship. Hurford Youth Fellows will engage in strategic meetings, conduct research, organize and lead presentations, online discussions and information-sharing sessions on
key democracy issues that they will identify in consultation with the Secretariat and Leadership Board.
Materials for, and the results of the fellowship project will be compiled, presented, and shared globally in a creative manner.
Specifically, each fellow will engage in the following activities:
  • Facilitate online discussions;
  • Maintain a weekly blog for the World Youth Movement website;
  • Conduct research on topics such as civic education, the role of youth in policy development, and youth activities against corruption;
  • Develop online resources, such as a collection of related publications and training materials;
  • Identify a current, ongoing activity, develop strategies for enhancing its impact, and take the lead in implementing those strategies;
  • Take part in planning and implementing other activities of the World Youth Movement; and
  • Participate in relevant events and discussions in Washington, D.C., to deepen understanding of issues and build working relationships.
  • Each fellow will also make at least one formal presentation of their work during their stay. Presentations may be open to the public or geared to a more select audience and will typically focus on the fellow’s research topic.
  • Upon the successful completion of each fellowship at NED, the fellow will serve as a regional/country focal point, working with the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network to remain involved and take the lead in World Youth Movement activities.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants interested in the Hurford Youth Fellows Program must be no older than 30 years of age.
  • They must demonstrate strong interest in democratic activism and in the advancement of democracy in their respective communities, as well as worldwide. Youth affiliated with civil society or ganizations are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Please Note: The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is open to applicants from any country. It does not provide scholarship funds or any other type of financial aid to university or graduate students,nor is it designed to support postdoctoral research. The program is not an educational program offering academic courses leading toward a degree. In addition, it does not provide financial support to those seeking to complete professional training programs, attend conferences, or pursue internships at other organizations.

Fellowship Worth:

  • Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Stipends take into account the cost of living in Washington, D.C.
  • Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, including Internet and email access, and a limited budget for fellowship-related long-distance phone calls.
The World Movement Secretariat staff, who coordinate activities of the World Youth Movement for Democracy, play a vital role in helping fellows realize their fellowship objectives by collaborating with them on their fellowship projects and engaging them in ongoing discussions about their work.
Cost of Living :
  • Applicants should bear in mind that the cost of living (housing, furniture, food, and other essential living expenses) in the Washington metropolitan area is very high and that fellowship stipends are not calculated to cover the financial needs of a family.

How to apply?

The application process has four parts:

  • Personal Information;
  • Project Proposal;
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé;
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.

Apply Now for the Huford Youth Fellowship Program 

For questions or further information, please contact:

World Movement for Democracy Secretariat
National Endowment for Democracy 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
Tel.: 202-378-9700
E-mail: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Huford Youth Fellowship Program 


  1. Dear sir,
    I am a degree holder and a teacher by profession. I am a Ghanaian and a fun of Education. I have a challenge applying for this position of which i am interested.
    Thank you.

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am a Diploma holder and work with young women and girls. I am communicating with you from the Northern part of Ghana Tamale. I have a challenge in applying for this opportunity which i am interested.
    Huford youth fellowship program for youth Leaders, Washington DC USA.

  3. Dear sir/ madam,
    I am very interested in able developing my leadership skills, however I need your support in any form as a hard of hearing lady. Hadiza D Kasimu member of Mandela Washington fellow, 2016


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