Call for Application – NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program Global 2023

Deadline: October 31st, 2023

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), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. Located within NED’s INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR DEMOCRATIC STUDIES, a leading center for analysis of global democratic developments, the program provides a collegial environment and rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development.

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.


  • Financial support: Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period.
  • Research support: Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls and professional travel within the United States.
  • Research associates: Research associates are assigned to work with several fellows and provide critical support in a variety of ways.
  • Democracy Resource Center: Fellows have access to the Democracy Resource Center (DRC), which contains approximately 20,000 works on democracy.
  • Visas: 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. 


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

DEADLINE; October 31, 2023

To apply and for more information visit here