The NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship 2018

Deadline: 31 July 2017
Open to: practitioners and scholars from any country
Benefits: fellowship based in Washington, D.C.


Applications are open for the NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship 2017. Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists 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, the program provides a rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development.

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest; and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches.


While the two tracks share many common elements, they have different eligibility requirements and distinct goals, activities, and products associated with them:

  • Citizens of any country may apply;
  • Proficiency in the English language is required;
  • Topics focusing on the political, social, economic, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development;
  • Availability to be in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C., during the year for which candidates are applying for a fellowship.


The fellowship offers paid research, capacity building, and exchange opportunities in Washington, D.C., USA:

  • Reflecting on lessons learned, fellows conduct independent research and writing;
  • Fellows exchange ideas and establish contacts with D.C.-based counterparts;
  • In this stimulating environment, fellows engage in seminars and workshops;
  • Fellows strive to impact democratic development in their country and field.

How to apply?

There are five steps to the online application process:

  • Step 1: Applicant Information;
  • Step 2: Project Proposal for the Practitioner Track or for the Scholarly Track;
  • Step 3: Letters of Recommendation;
  • Step 4: Resume/CV and Biography;
  • Step 5: Certification.

The Online Application System will allow you to begin working on an application, save your progress, and return at a later time to complete the remaining application components.

For more information please visit the official website.

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