NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program 2023-2024 (Fully Funded to Washington, DC)

Deadline: October 17, 2022

Applications are invited for the NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program 2023-2024. The 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), Washington, DC, to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region.

The program provides 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. During their residency, fellows reflect on their experiences; engage with counterparts; conduct research and write; consider best practices and lessons learned; and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates. Fellows are expected to produce a written product related to their proposed research project. The fellowship concludes with a formal presentation in which fellows typically focus on their research project or another topic related to the state of democracy in their country.

Scholarship tracks

  • Practitioner course: Prospective candidates can apply on the practitioner or academic track. The Reagan-Fascell program is intended primarily for practitioners in developing and aspiring democracies, and those in non-democratic countries. Candidates applying to the Practitioner track should have substantial practical experience in promoting democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track. Although there is also no age limit, candidates on the practitioner pathway are generally mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights. ‘man. Examples of candidates eligible for the practitioner stream include human rights defenders, civil society leaders, political party figures, human rights lawyers, parliamentarians, trade union activists, journalists and other members of the media.
  • Scholarly track: Prospective candidates can apply on the practitioner or academic track. Although the program is primarily intended for practitioners from around the world, prominent scholars from the United States and other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Candidates applying for the academic track must possess a doctorate (a doctorate or academic equivalent) at the time of application, have published in their area of ​​expertise, and have developed a detailed research plan for their fellowship project. . Examples of candidates eligible for the academic track include professors at colleges and universities, analysts at research centers and think tanks, writers, and public intellectuals.


  • Program activities: Through its calendar of seminars, round tables, field visits and other events, the program aims to: (a) deepen knowledge about the work of the Foundation and its main institutes; (b) provide democracy education through field visits and seminars; (c) support advocacy for dialogue and interaction with governmental, non-governmental, academic and media communities around the city and beyond; and (d) promote a sense of collegiality among Fellows as a group. Additionally, scholars benefit from the many informal social and cultural activities the program has to offer, including trips to sporting events, museums, movies, and happy hours.
  • Financial aid: Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, as well as basic health insurance and round-trip travel to and from Washington, D.C. at the start and end of the fellowship period. Scholarship payments are calculated to cover the cost of a furnished short-term rental apartment, plus the “cost of living” for food, local transportation, and other necessities. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, as well as a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and business travel within the United States. Please note that Fellows who wish to bring family members with them to Washington, DC, will be required to cover round-trip travel costs for their dependents and remain in the United States.
  • Research Associates: Research Associates are responsible for working with multiple fellows and provide essential support in a variety of ways: consulting with fellows on the form and direction of their projects, providing research, writing and editorial support on questions related to the theory and practice of democracy, facilitate awareness-raising, assist in the preparation and follow-up of public presentations by fellows, and provide any other necessary assistance.
  • Democracy Resource Center: Housed at NED, the Democracy Resource Center (DRC) is staffed by four librarians and contains approximately 20,000 items, including books, journals, grantee reports and other publications on democracy.
  • Visas: Prior to their arrival in the United States, prospective scholars who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa in order to travel to the United States. Accompanying family members must obtain a J-2 visa. Fellowship applicants cannot have participated in a J-1 research program in the 24 months immediately prior to their Reagan-Fascell Fellowship. Fellows who are sponsored on our J-1 visa are generally required by U.S. law to return to their home country for two years after their fellowship ends before they can apply for an H visa, L visa, or permanent residency. legal.


All applicants must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language;
  • Propose a project dealing with 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, DC during the 5-month fellowship period (October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31). No other scholarships or jobs can be held at this time.

Candidates on the practitioner track must:

  • 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 academic track must:

  • Possess a doctorate (Ph.D. or academic equivalent) at the time of application
  • Have a proven record of publications in their field;
  • Have developed a detailed research plan for their scholarship project.


To apply, you must first create an account through an online portal. Once you have created an account, the application process requires you to submit:

  • Applicant Information
  • Project proposal for the practitioner course or scholarship
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae/CV and biography

Please submit all application materials in English.

To apply, create an account here

For more information, visit Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows.

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