NED Seeks for Applications for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Programme

Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy
Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking applications from activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from around the world for its five-month Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Programme. The programmeoffers an opportunity for fellows to explore new ideas in a comparative context, undertake individual research, and share best practices with one another.

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

Fellows reside at the National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED) International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington D.C., where can 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.

they 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.

During their time at the fellowship program, fellows will have access to some benefits, which include access to NED’s Democracy Resource Center (DRC); support of Research Associates (“RAs”), who will provide fellows with assistance in the areas of research, writing, outreach, and international exchange; an opportunity to learn from colleagues in the program and from their U.S. counterparts; learning from one another through formal roundtable discussions and informal interactions.

The programme 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.

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must 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 and 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; and have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.

To apply for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship, an applicant must first create an account the online portal: Detailed instructions on creating an account is available at

Having created an account, an applicant is expected to then proceed to the application process and is required to submit the following:

  1. Applicant information
  2. Project proposal for the practitioneror the scholarly fellowship track
  3. Letters of recommendation
  4. Resume/CV and Biography

Applications should be completed and submitted by October 1, 2019 while letters of recommendation are due by October 8, 2019. All application materials must be submitted in English.