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.
Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region.
Located within NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, the program provides a rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development. While in residence, fellows reflect on their experiences; engage with counterparts; conduct research and writing; consider best practices and lessons learned; and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.
Eligibility Requirements for All Applicants
- Citizens of any country may apply
- Proficiency in the English language
- Topics focusing on the political, social, economic, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development
- Availability to be in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C., during the year for which candidates are applying for a fellowship
- 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 aprtment, plus “cost of living” for food, local transportation, and other necessities. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, including Internet access and a NED email account, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States.
The Reagan-Fascell program makes every effort to create a rich intellectual environment that fosters learning and professional development. Through its calendar of seminars, roundtables, field trips, and other events, the program seeks to:
- build knowledge about the work of Endowment and its core institutes;
- provide education concerning democracy through field trips and seminars;
- support outreach for dialogue and interaction with the governmental, nongovernmental, academic, and media communities around town and beyond; and
- promote a sense of collegiality and solidarity among fellows as a group.
Fellows are expected to participate fully in the seminars, roundtables, field trips, and other events organized on their behalf. In deference to the collegial goals of the program, fellows are also expected to attend each other’s presentations, traditionally held at lunchtime as “brownbag” or catered events.
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, happy hours, and potluck dinners. The program encourages fellows to take full advantage of their stay in Washington, D.C., by partaking in the rich cultural life of the nation’s capital.
How to Apply
The Reagan-Fascell Program is now accepting fellowship applications for Fall 2017 (October 1, 2017-February 28, 2018) and Spring 2018 (March 1-July 31, 2018).
The application deadline is October 15, 2016.
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