Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program

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The Practitioner Track

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program: The Reagan-Fascell program was established primarily to support democratic activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of democracy promotion in emerging and aspiring democracies.

The program seeks to provide experienced activists with an opportunity to reflect on their work, learn from counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin.

Fellowships on the practitioner track tend to be short-term (5 months), typically culminating in a strategy memorandum, short article or op-ed, and a formal presentation of the fellow’s analysis and ideas.

The Scholarly Track

The Reagan-Fascell program offers a scholarly track principally for professors and researchers from emerging and aspiring democracies.

Accomplished scholars from established democracies are also eligible to apply.

Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D., or academic equivalent, at the time of application, and to have developed a rigorous research outline.

Facilities and Services:

  • Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period.
  • Fellows also receive a fully equipped office and research support through the Forum’s Democracy Resource Center and the Research Associates Program.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to interact with staff and other visiting scholars and activists in the collegial environment at NED, and with the policy, media, and academic communities in Washington, D.C.


    The Practitioner Track

  • The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is intended primarily for citizens of new and aspiring democracies.
  • Applicants interested in 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.
  • A Ph.D., for instance, is not required of practitioner applicants.
  • While there are also no age limits, 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 human rights advocates, political party activists, professional staff of civic or humanitarian organizations, international lawyers, journalists, labor leaders, politicians, and diplomats.

    Scholarly Track:

  • Applicants interested in 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.
  • Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, analysts at research centers and think tanks, and independent writers.
  • Occasionally, a professional who is planning to write a book or other scholarly publication may qualify to apply on the scholarly track.

    Deadline: 2nd November.

    For more information and application, visit: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program Website

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