Type of Funding
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program for 2020-2021 offers 5-month in-residence fellowships at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C., USA, to democracy activists, civil society leaders, scholars, and journalists from around the world, particularly from emerging and aspiring democracies, to enable them to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region.
Candidates can apply for 1 of 2 tracks: 1) The Practitioner Track or 2) The Scholarly Track. Practitioners will work on improving strategies and techniques for building democracy abroad and scholars will conduct original research for publication.
Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, basic health insurance and round trip travel to and from Washington, D.C. 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. They will also be provided with a fully equipped office, including Internet access and a NED email account, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the U.S.
Fellows will receive research support through the Reagan-Fascell Research Associates Program. Each RA is assigned to work with several fellows and provides critical support in a variety of ways: consulting with fellows on the shape and direction of their projects, providing research, written, and editorial support on issues relating to the theory and practice of democracy, facilitating outreach, aiding in the preparation and follow-up of fellows’ public presentations, and providing other assistance as necessary.
Fellows will have access to the Democracy Resource Center at NED, which houses approximately 20,000 works, including books, journals, grantee reports, and other publications on democracy.
Fellows will attend seminars, roundtables, field trips, and other events, helping them to build knowledge about the work of the Endowment and its core institutes; and educating them about democracy. There will also be support outreach for dialogue and interaction with the governmental, nongovernmental, academic, and media communities. Fellows also 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.
Fellows who wish to bring family members with them to Washington, D.C., have to cover the costs of their dependents’ roundtrip travel and stay within the United States.
Applicants must be proficient in the English language and propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development. They must be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5 month fellowship period (either 1 October to 28 February or 1 March to 31 July). No other fellowships or jobs may be held at this time.
Applicants cannot have participated in a J-1 research scholar program within the 24 months immediately preceding their Reagan-Fascell fellowship.
Applicants for the Practitioner Track should be from developing and aspiring democracies, and from non-democratic countries. They are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. While there are no specific degree requirements, applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights. Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include civil society leaders, political party figures, human rights lawyers, parliamentarians, labor union activists, journalists, and other members of the media.
Applicants for the Scholarly Track can be from anywhere in the world, including distinguished scholars from USA and other established democracies. They should possess a PhD or equivalent and have a proven record of publications in their field, as well as have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project. Eligible candidates include college and university professors, analysts at research centers and think tanks, writers, and public intellectuals.
Applications are to be done online by 1 October 2019.