NED Accepting Entries for 2023/2024 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme

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DAMON WILSON
PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is now accepting entries for the 2023/2024 edition of the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme which aims to enable democratic practitioners, scholars and journalists to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

The Fellowship Programme offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest, and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches.

Prospective applicants may apply on either the practitioner or scholarly track.

The Reagan-Fascell programme is intended primarily for practitioners from developing and aspiring democracies, and those from non-democratic countries. Applicants applying to the practitioner track are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track.

While there are also no age limits, applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of work experience in the field of democracy and human rights. Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include human rights advocates, civil society leaders, political party figures, human rights lawyers, parliamentarians, labour union activists, journalists, and other members of the media.

Prospective applicants may apply on either the practitioner or scholarly track. While the programme is intended primarily for practitioners from around the world, distinguished scholars from the United States and other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Applicants applying to the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have published in their field of expertise, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project. Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, analysts at research centers and think tanks, writers, and public intellectuals.

Interested applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language, propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development and he/she must be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5-month fellowship period from October 1 to February 28 or March 1 to July 31. Applicants will not be allowed to do any other fellowships or jobs 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 and be mid-career professionals while applicants on the scholarly track should possess a doctorate (a PhD, or academic equivalent) at the time of application, have a proven record of publications in their field and have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.

Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel.

Applications close on October 17, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please go to: https://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program/applying-for-a-fellowship/.