The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine-month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC.
Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host institution, and directly support public education and advocacy initiatives. Fellows may explore a range of issues, including nuclear, biological, and chemical arms control and nonproliferation; conflict prevention and peacebuilding: conventional arms trade; environmental and energy security; defense budget; diplomacy; and emerging technology threats. They may also attend coalition meetings, congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the federal government, academia, and media.
Applicants are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences; those with a graduate degree are also eligible to apply. Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. The program is open to all United States citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $39,600 ($3,300 per month), and receive basic health insurance compensation, mentoring, a small stipend for professional development purposes, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship.
See http://scoville.org/apply/application-information/ for complete information and application requirements.
Spring 2020 Fellowship: October 11, 2019 (begin between January 15 and April 1, 2020)
Fall 2020 Fellowship: January 6, 2020 (begin between July 15 and October 1, 2020)
This is a highly competitive fellowship designed for people who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the field, and not intended for those who want to try a semester in Washington. Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast paced office environment. We are seeking people considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the federal government, academia, or media. Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy such as:
- Organizing a campus forum and/or outreach campaign, meeting with decision-makers, or rallies
- Working with or joining a campus, local, or national organization
- Active participation in conferences
- Writing and publication of opinion pieces in both traditional and new media