2023/24 NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

Deadline: October 31, 2023

Apply for the NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program in the United States in 2023/24. The Reagan-Fascell democratic Fellows Program accommodates democratic advocates, scholars, and journalists for five-month fellowships in Washington, DC, bringing new views and perspectives. This incredible fellowship allows you to investigate new ideas in a comparative perspective, do independent research, and exchange best practices with others.

This fellowship is named after NED’s co-founders, former President Ronald Reagan and late Congressman Dante Fascell (D-FL). The Fellows Program is a federally supported international exchange program that allows democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and academics from across the world to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C. Fellows will be able to do independent research on democracy in a specific country or region.

Applicants may apply for either the practitioner or scholarly fellowship program. Practitioners will have the opportunity to enhance tactics and techniques for promoting democracy overseas for up to five months (October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31).Scholars will be given special opportunity to undertake original research for publication, reflect on their experiences, engage with counterparts, conduct research, and create professional relationships within a worldwide network of democracy advocates through the scholarly track fellowship. Have you already been wowed? You may be a part of this adventure.


If selected for the fellows program, you will be eligible for the following benefits

  • You will receive 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.
  • 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.

Please note:  Fellows who wish to bring family members with them to Washington, D.C., will be expected to cover the costs of their dependents’ round trip travel and stay within the United States. The program has no provision for costs incurred in such a situation


In order to be part of this experience, you need to fulfill the following criteria

  • You should demonstrate proficiency in the English language
  • Applicants will have a propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development
  • You must be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5 month fellowship period

Applicants for the practitioner fellows track must also meet the following conditions

  • You must posses practical work experience in promote democracy or human rights in your home country or another country of interest.
  • Applicants for this category are expected to be mid-career professionals

Applicants on the scholarly fellows track must meet the following conditions

  • You must hold a doctorate (PhD) qualification at the time of application
  • Applicants must have a record of publications in their field


The fellows program holds an annual competition for fellowships, with applications due by October 31, 2023. To successfully apply for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Applicants are requested to first create an account through the reserved online portal. You will then submit the following information

  • Complete applicant information
  • The applicant’s project proposal for either the practitioner or the scholarly fellowship track
  • Request and submit Letters of recommendation
  • Submit your most recent Resume/CV and Biography

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit the official website here

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