Accepting applications for the Hurford Youth Fellowship! During our fellowship, you’ll expand your global connections, share insights with other civil society leaders, and build your leadership skills.
The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program seeks to build leadership skills and harness the potential of young democracy activists from around the world. Through the Program, young activists spend three months at the World Movement’s Secretariat, during which they expand their global connections, share experiences with other activists from democracy movements around the world, and contribute to the development of the World Movement for Democracy. Hurford Youth Fellows engage in strategic meetings; conduct research; and organize and lead presentations, online discussions, and information-sharing sessions on key democracy issues. Upon the successful completion of each fellowship, the fellows serve as a regional/country focal point, working with the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network to remain involved and take the lead in youth-related activities.
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 discussions 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, and Strengthening Democratic Leadership.
Specifically, each fellow will engage in the following activities:
- Conduct research on one topic related to the democracy themes above 4.
- Develop online resources, such as a collection of related publications and training materials.
- Facilitate online discussions.
- Contribute to the World Movement social media post.
- Take part in planning and implementing other activities of the World Movement.
- Participate in relevant events and discussions in Washington, D.C., to deepen understanding of issues and build working relationships.
- Identify, compile, present, and creatively share discussion materials and results.
Each fellow will also make at least one formal presentation of their work during their fellowship.
- Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C. Stipends take into account the cost of living in Washington, D.C. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, 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 a 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.
- The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is open to applicants from any country. It 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.
Applicants are asked to submit the following:
- Applicant Form
- Two Letters of Recommendation
The Applicant Form has four sections:
- Personal Information.
- Project Proposal.
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
- Two Letters of Recommendation. Each applicant must complete the entire Form. Please note that incomplete application forms will not be reviewed.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link