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Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

Fellowship for USA, Canada, and International
Individuals for Research on Democracy

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Funding Source:

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National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International scholars, activists, and leaders to participate in a fellowship program in Washington, DC. Participants will research, collaborate, and develop strategies to build democracy. Applicants must be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the fellowship period. While in Washington, D.C., fellows work on a project related to the prospects for democracy in a particular country or region. Projects may focus on the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of democratic development and may include a range of methodologies and approaches.

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. 

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.

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

  • Practitioner Track:  The Reagan-Fascell program is intended primarily for practitioners from developing and aspiring democracies, and those from non-democratic countries. Applicants should have experience promoting human rights or democracy. Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include human rights advocates, civil society leaders, political party figures, human rights lawyers, parliamentarians, labor union activists, journalists, and other members of the media.
  • Scholarly Track: While the program is intended primarily for practitioners from around the world, distinguished scholars from the United States and other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, analysts at research centers and think tanks, writers, and public intellectuals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159071

Term of Contract:

Five month fellowship period: October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. No other fellowships or jobs may be held at this time.

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.
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
- While the program is intended primarily for practitioners from around the world, distinguished scholars from the United States and other established democracies are also eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The application for the 2022-2023 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is October 15, 2021.

The deadline for letters of reference is October 22, 2021.

Applications are assessed through a rigorous evaluation process, including expert external and internal review, culminating in the selection of finalists by the Endowment’s Board of Directors. All applicants are notified of the competition’s outcome in mid-April.

International Forum for Democratic Studies: https://www.ned.org/ideas/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply at https://www.nedfellowships.org/Start/ReaganFascell.

Please send all questions to fellowships@ned.org.

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