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Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
for Research and Strategies That Promote Democracy

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19

Description:

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International scholars and professionals at a private foundation in Washington, DC to improve strategies for developing democracy throughout the world, or to conduct related research for publication. The fellowship program will take place at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The program is designed as an international exchange program that offers democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from around the world the opportunity to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. Prospective applicants may apply on either the practitioner or scholarly track.

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.

Through its calendar of seminars, roundtables, field trips, and other events, the program seeks to: (a) build knowledge about the work of the Endowment and its core institutes; (b) provide education concerning democracy through field trips and seminars; (c) support outreach for dialogue and interaction with the governmental, nongovernmental, academic, and media communities around town and beyond; and (d) promote a sense of collegiality among fellows as a group. In addition, fellows benefit from the many informal social and cultural activities that the program has to offer, including trips to sporting events, museums, movies, and happy hours.

1) The Practitioner Track: The program is intended primarily for practitioners from developing and aspiring democracies, and those from non-democratic countries.

2) The Scholarly Track: Applicants applying to the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have published in their field of expertise, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.

For more information about eligible candidates for each of these two tracks, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159071

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the fellowship period. Fellowship payments are calculated to cover cost of a short-term, furnished rental apartment, plus “cost of living” for food, local transportation, and other necessities.

Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States.

Term of Contract:

The 5 month fellowship period is October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31.

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 (October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31). No other fellowships or jobs may be held at this time.

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

Prior to their arrival in the United States, prospective fellows who are neither citizens nor 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is now accepting applications for 2020-2021 fellowships. Applications are due by October 1, 2019, and letters of recommendation are due by October 8, 2019.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.nedfellowships.org/Start/ReaganFascell

National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW. Suite 800
Washingotn, DC 20004
(202) 378-9700
fellowships@ned.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.