The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program 2020/2021

Deadline: 1 July 2020
Open to: applicants from any country no older than 30 years of age
Benefits: fully funded


The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the World Movement for Democracy are inviting you to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship Program in Washington, DC. The program seeks to build the leadership skills and harness the potential of young democracy activists from around the world.

Through the Hurford Program, two young activists per year spend three months at NED, during which they expand their global network, learn lessons from activists from democracy movements around the world, and contribute to the development of the World Movement for Democracy and the World Youth Movement for Democracy in particular. Hurford Youth Fellows engage in strategic meetings; conduct research; and organize and lead presentations, online discussions, and information-sharing sessions on key democracy issues.

Upon the successful completion of each fellowship, the fellows serve as a regional/country focal point, working with the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network to remain involved and take the lead in World Youth Movement activities.


  • The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is open to applicants from any country.
  • Applicants interested in the Hurford Youth Fellows Program must be no older than 30 years of age.
  • They 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.
  • A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program for general communication purposes. All application materials must be submitted in English.


Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C. Stipends take into account the cost of living in Washington, D.C. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, including internet and email access, and a limited budget for fellowship-related long-distance phone calls.

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.