The Hurford Youth Fellows Program

Duration 3 Months


About Organization:

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1983. It works to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through nongovernmental efforts. NED is governed by an independent and nonpartisan board of directors. It provides grants to support pro-democracy groups in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

About World Movement for Democracy: The World Movement for Democracy is a global network that brings together democracy activists, practitioners, academics, policymakers, and funders. It was initiated by NED in February 1999 to strengthen democracy, even in long-standing democracies, and to support pro-democracy groups in countries undergoing democratic transitions.

About Fellowship:

The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is a fellowship program that aims to develop the leadership skills and harness the potential of emerging democracy leaders worldwide. Fellows spend three months in Washington, D.C., expanding their global network, learning from activists from democracy movements, and contributing to the development of the World Movement for Democracy.

Deadline: Not mentioned.

Fellowship Type: The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is a non-degree fellowship program.

Mode: The fellowship program is conducted in-person in Washington, D.C.

Country: The program is open to applicants from any country.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be no older than 30 years of age and demonstrate a strong interest in democratic activism and the advancement of democracy. Youth affiliated with civil society organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

English Language Requirement: A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the Hurford Youth Fellows Program. It is necessary for general communication purposes during the program. Additionally, all application materials must be submitted in English.


  • Monthly stipend for living expenses.
  • Basic health insurance.
  • Roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Fully equipped office with internet and email access.
  • Access to the Democracy Resource Center (DRC) with a library of 20,000 works on democracy.
  • Collaboration and support from the World Movement Secretariat staff.

Application Process: The selection process is based on criteria such as demonstrated activism or interest in democracy advancement, a desire to network with others, and a clear explanation of how the fellowship will benefit their efforts. Fellows are expected to work full-time on their fellowship projects at the NED office in Washington, D.C. Applicants must submit their application materials in English.

Visa Issues: Non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents must secure a J-1 exchange visitor visa. The International Forum for Democratic Studies assists fellows with visa documentation.

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