Call for Applicants: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program [National Endowment for Democracy]

Closing Date: 15.10 2018. The Program offers five-month residential fellowships in Washington, D.C. for democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from around the world. Fellows undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region, while participating in a collegial environment and rich intellectual setting for global educational exchange and professional development.

Fellows are expected to complete a written product relating to their proposed research project. The fellowship culminates in a formal presentation in which fellows typically focus on their research project or another topic relating to the state of democracy in their countries.

Prospective applicants may apply within the following tracks for consideration:

  • Practitioner Track: For individuals (typically mid-career professionals) with substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest.
  • Scholar Track: For doctorate-level individuals who are published within their field of expertise, and have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.

Program Amenities

  • Participation in seminars, roundtables, field trips, and other events as well as informal social and cultural activities;
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Fully equipped office, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States.
  • Access to research associates, who provide critical research, writing, editorial, outreach, and communications support
  • Access to the Democracy Resource Center, staffed by four librarians and containing approximately 20,000 works on democracy (including books, journals, grantee reports, and other publications)

Program Requirements
All applicants should: (1) demonstrate proficiency in the English language; (2) propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development; (3) be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5 month fellowship period (October-February or March-July). No other fellowships or jobs may be held at this time.

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 also obtain J-2 visas. Applicants cannot have participated in a J-1 research scholar program within the 24 months immediately preceding their Reagan-Fascell fellowship.

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