Hurford Youth Fellowship 2021
  • Fully Funded

Applications are open for Hurford Youth Fellowship 2021! Apply now!

The Hurford Program seeks to build leadership skills, enhance organizational talents, and harness the potential of emerging democracy leaders from around the world. Through the Hurford program, four youth activists per year spend three months in the program, during which they expand their global network, learn lessons from activists from democracy movements around the world, and contribute to the development of the World Movement for Democracy. Fellows will be expected to organize online discussion to generate active engagement among youth activists around the world. Hurford Youth Fellows will engage in strategic meetings; conduct research; and organize and lead presentations, and information-sharing sessions on the following specific democracy themes:

  • Defending Democratic Space
  • Promoting Inclusive Governance
  • Strengthening Democratic Leadership

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Selection Process:

  • Fellows will be selected by the World Movement Secretariat staff, NED regional program staff, and the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network following an application process.
  • Selection will be based on a set of criteria including demonstrated activism or interest in the advancement of democracy, a desire to network with others, and a clear explanation of how the fellowship will benefit their own efforts for advancing democracy.

The Hurford Youth Fellows Program does not provide scholarship funds or any other type of financial aid to university or graduate students, nor is it designed to support postdoctoral research. The program is not an educational program offering academic courses leading toward a degree. In addition, it does not provide financial support to those seeking to complete professional training programs, attend conferences, or pursue internships at other organizations.


The selected fellows will be benefited with the followings-

  • Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington DC. Stipends take into account the cost of living in Washington DC.
  • Fellows are provided with a fully equipped ofce, including internet and email access, and a limited budget for fellowship-related long-distance phone calls.
  • The World Movement Secretariat staff plays a vital role in helping fellows realize their fellowship objectives by collaborating with them on their fellowship projects and engaging them in ongoing discussions about their work.
  • NED houses a Democracy Resource Center (DRC), which includes a library with some 20,000 works, including books, journals, grantee reports, and other publications on democracy. The DRC’s expert staff members assist fellows with their research interests. Fellows may enjoy access to other local libraries as needed


Applicants interested in the Hurford Youth Fellows Program must be-

  • No older than 30 years of age
  • They must demonstrate strong interest in democratic activism and in the advancement of democracy in their respective communities, as well as worldwide
  • Youth affiliated with civil society organizations are especially encouraged to apply
  • A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program for general communication purposes. All application materials must
    be submitted in English.


Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  1. Applicant Form
  2. C.V./Resume
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

All application materials should be uploaded in the application portal by clicking on Apply Now.

*If you applied last year, you must create a new profile using a new email address.

Preparing Application Materials: The Applicant Form has four sections-

  1. Personal Information
  2. Project Proposal
  3. Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation

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Application Deadline: July 3, 2021

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