National deadline: January 6, 2015
Eligibility and selection criteria:
- Commitment to social justice
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
- Bachelor's degree
- Commitment to anti-racism
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
- Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
- Creativity and initiative in problem solving
- Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
Award summary and conditions: The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty. Each year 16 to 20 participants are selected for this eleven-month program. Fellows are placed for half their term of service with urban and rural community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups and faith-based organizations. They then move to Washington, DC to complete the year with national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement, including national advocacy organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies. Through this unique program, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.
Application Materials: Online application. Applications should consist of one PDF or MS Word document, three pages in length to be uploaded with your application form:
- Curriculum vitae.
- Personal statement
- Two short essay questions
- Two letters of recommendation
For more information on the particulars of the online application please visit: http://www.hungercenter.org/fellowships/emerson/apply/requirements/
Faculty representative: Keith Raether
National committee interview: Yes, via telephone and/or in person
Timeline: Semifinalist selection will be complete by mid-February; interviews will be scheduled in Washington, D.C. in March; and final selection decisions will be made in April.