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Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship Program

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The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for college and graduate school alumni to apply for full-time fellowships in Washington, DC. The program aims to recruit exceptional individuals to work alongside nonprofit, public-interest organizations on issues related to peace and security. The fellowship program lasts six to nine months and provides fellows with practical knowledge and experience to succeed in the field and make a positive impact in their future careers.

The Scoville Fellowship program provides an opportunity for fellows to choose from any of the twenty-six participating organizations to work with. With the guidance and support of alumni, board members, and staff, fellows will select the organization that best aligns with their interests and the needs of the host organization. The participating organizations offer fellows office space, support, supervision, and guidance for their work. Fellows may undertake a range of activities, such as research, writing, and organizing, to support the goals of their host organization, with the exception of Congressional lobbying.

Eligibility criteria for the fellowship include

  • Showing outstanding academic achievements,
  • The fellowship requires a solid understanding and interest in topics related to peace and security, with relevant knowledge in one or more of the approved policy issues.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to those who have previously engaged in activism or advocacy for public causes.
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in recent years and must be contemplating a profession. The fellowship’s duration should begin after the candidate has completed their baccalaureate degree.
  • ‌Proficiency in both written and verbal communication is necessary.
  • ‌Applicants must be considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media.
  • United States citizens living in the U.S. or overseas are eligible to apply.
  • Only non-U.S. citizens who reside in the U.S. and hold a valid U.S. work visa that covers the entire fellowship duration may apply. Non-U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. are not qualified to submit an application.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Application Requirements for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship Program

  1. ‌Applicants must provide personal information including their name, telephone number, email address, and the semester they are applying for.
  2. ‌Applicants must provide the contact information of two references, including their names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers.
  3. ‌As part of the application process, applicants must list 5-6 participating organizations that they would like to work with if selected.
  4. ‌Applicants must indicate how they learned about the Scoville Fellowship program.
  5. ‌Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae that includes complete educational and professional data, as well as information about their extracurricular activities.
  6. ‌Applicants must submit a personal essay of no more than 750 words discussing their qualifications, interests, fellowship objectives, and career goals.
  7. ‌Applicants must submit a policy/opinion essay of no more than 750 words that answers the following question: What is the greatest emerging threat to international peace and security and why?
  8. ‌Official transcript(s) detailing the candidate’s entire college academic record including undergraduate, graduate and foreign study in a single PDF must be submitted.
  9. ‌Applicants who have courses that are not included in their transcript must provide a separate document listing those courses
  10. ‌Applicants who have attended more than one post-secondary institution must provide official transcripts from all institutions attended.

‌Applications must be submitted electronically through the online application system.

If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, please visit the following link:

Keep in mind that all required application materials must be submitted by the specified deadlines: October 2, 2023, for the Spring 2024 Fellowship and January 8, 2024, for the Fall 2024 Fellowship.

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