National deadline: October 1, 2015 (Spring Fellowship)

January 4, 2016 (Fall Fellowship)

Eligibility requirements:

  • Seniors (must have graduated by Fellowship start) 
  • Alumni (graduated within two years of beginning the fellowship and able to work for 6 months) 
  • Academic or real world background in peace and security issues, recommended 
  • International students may apply as long as have proper work visa

Applicants should have experience and/or strong interest in the following:

  • Arms Control/Disarmament, including Nuclear Test Ban, Ballistic Missile Proliferation/Defense, Conventional Arms Transfers, Weapons Proliferation--Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
  • Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Defense Budget
  • Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union
  • Environmental and Energy Security, including the Nexus of Climate Change and Energy Use, Conflict, and Resource Scarcity
  • Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
  • Export Controls
  • International Security
  • Regional/Ethnic Conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia, Middle East,
  • United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping

Award summary and conditions: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship's board of directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice. Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have rich opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to help translate their social concerns into direct action. In addition, each Fellow selects a board member to serve as a mentor, smoothing the transition to Washington, DC.

Fellows receive a stipend of $2,700 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provides $1,000 per fellow to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees.

Application process: online 

Application requirements: 

  • Cover sheet
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal essay discussing the candidate's qualifications, interests, fellowship objectives and career goals. The essay should clearly address the candidate's experience and interest in and passion for the area of international peace and security, particularly in public education.
  • Policy/opinion essay (no more than 1,000 words) relevant to the field of peace and security taking a position on a contemporary, contentious issue addressed by the fellowship. (See list above.) Essays must be titled.  Candidates may submit an essay (or an excerpt of one) written for a course so long as it does not exceed the 1,000 word limit.  
  • Official transcript(s) 
  • Letters of reference (2) Each letter should address the accomplishments and standing of the candidate; the candidate's interest and experience in peace and security issues; the candidate's ability to communicate, both orally and in writing; the candidate's maturity and judgment, and the candidate's potential to make a significant contribution to peace and security issues.  Signatures are preferred but not required.  Letters should be emailed as an attached document, in Word or PDF, rather than sent in the body of the email. The required application materials are described below. Applicants must submit these documents as attachments using the online application form.

Note: Transcripts and reference letters that cannot be submitted on the online form should be emailed to

Submitting Applications:

All application materials must be emailed to In the subject line write Scoville Application--Last name of applicant.  Do not submit more than one copy of your application.

Reference letters and transcripts that are not available by email may be mailed to:

Paul Revsine
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
322 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: Yes

Notification: The Scoville Fellowship's board of directors selects the top applicants for Washington interviews. The fellowship pays for travel and accommodations for the finalists during the interview weekend. Interviews take place approximately 12-14 weeks after the application deadline.  

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