National deadline: January 13, 2016

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree 
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
  • Willingness to learn from experts in the field
  • Commitment to social justice and the search for new models in anti-hunger, anti-racism 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. This enables applicants 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
  • Essays (2) 
  • Letters of recommendation (2)

For more information on the particulars of the online application please visit:

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.