The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

The call for applications is currently open for The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program for scholars and practitioners.

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 democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars 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, a leading center for analysis of global democratic developments, the program provides a collegial environment and rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development.

The program offers five-month fellowships for practitioners to improve strategies and techniques for building democracy abroad and five-month fellowships for scholars to conduct original research for publication. 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. 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 country.

Benefits

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.

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Eligibility

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
  • Have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest
  • Be mid-career professionals
  • 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

Application Process

Candidates must first register on the online application page for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship. After which they must submit the following documents as part of the application procedure:

  • Resume/CV and Biography
  • Applicant information
  • Project proposal for the practitioner or the scholarly fellowship track
  • Letters of recommendation

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Deadline: October 31, 2023.

For more information on The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, visit the official site.

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