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

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
159071

Funding Source
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/06/23 Save

Grant Description
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.


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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 deadline for applications for the 2024-2025 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is November 6, 2023. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation is November 13, 2023.

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/

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

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