The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

Deadline: May 18, 2016

Description of The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program seeks to build the leadership skills, enhance the organizational talents, and harness the potential of emerging democracy leaders from around the world.

Three young activists spend four months per year at The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private, nonprofit organization, during which time they contribute to the development of the World Youth Movement. A project developing online discussion platforms to generate active engagement among World Youth Movement members around the world will be central to each fellowship.

The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program participants will engage in strategic meetings, conduct research, organize and lead presentations, online discussions and information-sharing sessions on key democracy issues that they will identify in consultation with the Secretariat and Leadership Board. Materials for, and the results of the fellowship project will be compiled, presented, and shared globally in a creative manner.


open to  applicants from any country;

no older than 30 years of age;

must demonstrate strong interest in democratic activism and in the advancement of democracy in their respective communities, as well as worldwide. Youth affiliated with civil society organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Scholarship value

a monthly stipend for living expenses;

basic health insurance;

roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C.;

a fully equipped office, including Internet and email access, and a limited budget for fellowship-related long-distance phone calls.

Application process

*Applicant Form;
*Two Letters of Recommendation

*Project Proposal: Your project proposal should be clear, concise, and comprehensible to individuals outside your own field or concentration, no more than 1200 words. In your proposal, please ensure that you respond to the following specific questions:

1.  What is your proposed theme for your fellowship project?

2.  What are three specific online discussion topics or questions under your theme?

3.  How would you conduct research and develop information materials that could be used for broader dissemination and/or online discussions?

4.   How would you contribute to the further development of the World Youth Movement for Democracy?

5.   How would you plan to benefit from your time in Washington for your professional development as well as your organization’s work?

Strong proposals will exhibit the following characteristics:
– A clear focus & rationale, with practical relevance for strengthening the participation of youth in democracies.
– The outline of a well-defined theme, with tangible benefits to colleagues & counterparts in your field.

Curriculum Vitae/Résumé: Please prepare a curriculum vitae or résumé and attach it as a separate document.

The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program online application

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