The National Endowment for Democracy invites applications for the 2021/2022 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme.
The Reagan Fascell Fellowship is an international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington DC, in order to undertake independent research on democratic challenges worldwide.
The Practitioner Track
The Reagan-Fascell program was established primarily to support democratic activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of democracy promotion in emerging and aspiring democracies. The program seeks to provide experienced activists with an opportunity to reflect on their work, learn from counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin. Fellowships on the practitioner track typically culminate in a strategy memorandum, short article or op-ed, and a formal presentation of the fellow’s analysis and ideas.
The Scholarly Track
Recognizing the importance of intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of democracy, the program offers a scholarly track principally for professors and researchers from emerging and aspiring democracies. Accomplished scholars from established democracies are also eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D., or academic equivalent, at the time of application, and to have developed a rigorous research outline. During their stay at the Forum, scholars make at least one formal presentation and complete a substantial piece of writing (a monograph or book) for publication.
Worth of Award
- Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period. Fellows also receive a fully equipped office and research support through the Forum’s Democracy Resource Center and the Research Associates Program.
- While in residence at the Forum, fellows have the opportunity to interact with staff and other visiting scholars and activists in the collegial environment at NED, and with the policy, media, and academic communities in Washington, D.C.
- Fellows are encouraged to consult with counterparts in the United States, and to participate in the many conferences and seminars held at NED and at the various universities, think tanks, and nongovernmental organizations in the metropolitan area.
All applicants should:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language
- Propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development
- Be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5 month fellowship period (October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31). No other fellowships or jobs may be held at this time.
Applicants on the practitioner track should:
- Have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest
- Be mid-career professionals
Applicants on the scholarly track should:
- Possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application
- Have a proven record of publications in their field
- Have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship, you must first create an account through their ONLINE PORTAL. Once you have set up an account, the application process requires you to submit:
- Applicant information
- Project proposal for the practitioner or the scholarly fellowship track
- Letters of recommendation
- Resume/CV and Biography
- Please submit all application materials in English.
Deadline: Applications are due by October 1, 2020 and letters of recommendation are due by October 8, 2020.