Applications Now Open for the 2025 Hurford Youth Fellowship Programme

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Ryota Jonen, Director, World Movement for Democracy

The World Movement for Democracy, a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders committed to advancing democracy, is inviting young civil society leaders worldwide to apply for the 2025 cohort of the prestigious Hurford Youth Fellowship, a unique program designed for individuals under the age of 30 who are passionate about democracy advocacy and eager to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills on a global stage.

Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to spend three months at the World Movement’s Secretariat in Washington, D.C., where they will expand their networks, deepen their understanding of democracy work, and engage in innovative research focused on youth empowerment and democratic governance.

During their fellowship, Hurford Youth Fellows will actively participate in strategic meetings, conduct cutting-edge research, and lead discussions and presentations on critical democracy issues. This immersive experience not only fosters personal and professional growth but also enables fellows to contribute significantly to the World Movement for Democracy. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will join the esteemed Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network, where they will continue to play pivotal roles in youth-related activities and initiatives worldwide.

Eligible applicants must not be older than 30 years of age and demonstrate a strong commitment to democratic activism within their communities and globally. Affiliation with civil society organizations is highly encouraged. Fluency in English is essential, as all application materials and communications will be conducted in English. The selection process is rigorous and based on criteria that include demonstrated activism, a clear articulation of how the fellowship will advance their democracy efforts, and a desire to engage in networking opportunities with peers and experts in the field.

Fellows will receive comprehensive support during their tenure, including a monthly stipend for living expenses, basic health insurance, and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C. However, applicants should be aware that the fellowship stipends are designed to cover individual living costs in Washington, D.C., and may not fully accommodate family expenses. Fellows wishing to bring dependents must bear additional costs related to their travel and stay, including health insurance requirements for J-2 visa holders.

Prospective fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be assisted in obtaining J-1 exchange visitor visas by the International Forum for Democratic Studies. It is mandatory for fellows to work full-time on their fellowship projects at the World Movement’s Secretariat and to notify program administrators of any concurrent fellowships or employment arrangements. Failure to comply may result in the termination of the fellowship.

For more details and to apply, please visit the Official Webpage of the Hurford Youth Fellowship Programme 2025. Applications for the 2025 cohort are open until July 31, 2024.