National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Hurford Youth Fellows Program 2018/2019 for Youth Leaders (Fully Funded to Washington D.C. USA)

Application Deadline: March 14th 2018

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, two young activists per year spend four months at NED, during which time they expand their global network, learn lessons from activists from democracy movements around the world, and contribute to the development of the World Movement for Democracy and the World Youth Movement for Democracy in particular.
Fellows will be expected to organize online discussion to generate active engagement among
youth activists around the world. Hurford Youth Fellows will engage in strategic meetings;
conduct research; and organize and lead presentations, and information-sharing sessions on
the following specific democracy themes:
  • Defending Democratic Space
  • Promoting Inclusive Governance
  • Strengthening Democratic Leadership
  • 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 organizations 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.
English Language Requirement:
A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program for general communication purposes. All application materials must be submitted in English.


Fellowship Support and Services:
  • 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
Cost of Living and Dependents:
  • 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.
Residency Requirements:
  • Fellows are expected to work full-time on their fellowship projects at the NED office in Washington, D.C.
  • Fellows may not hold any other fellowships or be otherwise employed during the fellowship period without the express permission of World Movement Secretariat staff. Additional fellowships or work opportunities that coincide with the fellowship period must be brought to the attention of World Movement Secretariat staff prior to the candidate’s acceptance of a Hurford Fellowship. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of the fellowship

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